Originally posted by rwingett
I would go one further and say it's just plain stupid to blame religion for this particular event. While religion can rightly be blamed for many evils in the world, this is not one of them. Ckoh1965 makes himself look like a petty opportunist by trying to draw that connection.
I didn't blame religions. But you have to admit that there are many negative outcomes of religious misinterpretations. Buildings are blown up by crashing aeroplanes into them; people blow up themselves with bombs and kill many others in the process; and in this case, this sicko shot others before killing himself. All these psycho acts were done in the name of religions.
Religions in general tell people to be good, but some people understand religions wrongly and do things that can have serious consequences. It's in this sense that I said religions may have negative effects if taken too seriously (in the wrong way).
Maybe these people are using religions as convenient excuse, I don't know. Or maybe they are really convinced that they are doing the right thing from a religious point of view. To me, they are just psychos, but one way or another, they did what they did because of (the wrong understanding/interpretation of) their respective religions.