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The Martyrs of Columbine: Faith and the Politics of Tragedyby Justin Watson
Synopses & Reviews
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 fellow students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Two of the victims of the Columbine massacre, Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott, reportedly were asked by the gunmen if they believed in God. Both allegedly answered “Yes” and were killed. Within days of their death, Cassie and Rachel were hailed as modern-day Christian martyrs, and became useful symbols for those seeking to advance a conservative political agenda. According to police investigators, however, Cassie and Rachel may never have been asked by their killers about God; they simply may have been victims of a senseless crime rather than martyrs to a cause. As the religious and political use of Cassie and Rachel continues, The Martyrs of Columbine provides a careful examination of the available evidence and attempts to discover what really occurred.
A groundbreaking investigation of what this tragedy has come and will come to mean in American religion, politics, and culture.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -207) and index.
About the Author
Justin Watson is the author of The Christian Coalition: Dreams of Restoration, Demands for Recognition and lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Introduction: It Pierced the Soul of America * 1. Martyrdom: The Blood of the Martyrs Is Seed * 2. Cassie Bernall: Feeding the World with One Word * 3. Rachel Scott: Starting a Chain Reaction * 4. The Politics of Martyrdom: I Will Heal Their Land * 5. Defenders and Debunkers: What Really Happened? * 6. When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend
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