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It's all the atheists' fault – open thread

Damn you all! What have you done to the children? Daddy Dobson’s VP is on the case.

A Christian pro-family advocate is linking youth violence to a godless, Darwinist worldview. Focus on the Family vice president Bill Maier says atheistic beliefs have led to an alarming increase in youth violence.

Young people are more aggressive than ever, he asserts, with many participating in fight clubs and posting violent videos on the Internet. But that is what you get from Darwinist evolution, the Focus on the Family official contends. “If we have a prevailing worldview that teaches that, basically, human beings evolved from the slime and we have no intrinsic worth or value or meaning,” he explains, “then naturally we are going to see individuals begin to gravitate toward behavior such as this. It’s basically Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ concept carried to its logical conclusion.”

Maier says parents need to help kids learn to distinguish between necessary defense and excessive violence and can do this, in part, by limiting their children’s exposure to media violence.

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