By Justin Watson (auth.)
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve fellow scholars and one instructor at Columbine highschool in Littleton, Colorado. of the sufferers of the Columbine bloodbath, Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott, reportedly have been requested via the gunmen in the event that they believed in God. either supposedly responded 'Yes' and have been killed. inside days in their demise, Cassie and Rachel have been being hailed as modern day martyrs and are noticeable through many American evangelicals because the sparks of a spiritual revival between young children. Cassie and Rachel, as innocents martyred for religion, additionally grew to become worthy symbols for these looking to boost a conservative political schedule and to put the blame for Columbine on the toes in their liberal rivals. based on police investigators, notwithstanding, Cassie and Rachel may well by no means were requested by way of their killers approximately God. they might were easily sufferers of a mindless crime instead of martyrs to a reason. The Martyrs of Columbine offers a cautious exam of the on hand proof and makes an attempt to find what fairly happened. regardless of those questions the martyr-stories persisted to learn and the spiritual and political use of Cassie and Rachel keeps. the preferred value of the martyrs of Columbine persists, and should also be becoming. How and why is that this taking place? The Martyrs of Columbine is a groundbreaking research of what this tragedy has come and may come to intend in American faith, politics, and culture.
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25 The foundation is supported by donations from the public as well as an unspeciﬁed portion of the proceeds from a variety of projects and products described below. 26 But the most successful enterprise has been Misty Bernall’s book about her daughter, She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall. Released in September 1999, and boosted by a national publicity campaign, She Said Yes appeared on several bestseller lists, including ﬁve weeks on the New York Times list. By the ﬁrst anniversary of the Columbine shooting in April 2000, She Said Yes had reportedly sold 500,000 copies.
The activities of this foundation have been variously described. 25 The foundation is supported by donations from the public as well as an unspeciﬁed portion of the proceeds from a variety of projects and products described below. 26 But the most successful enterprise has been Misty Bernall’s book about her daughter, She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall. Released in September 1999, and boosted by a national publicity campaign, She Said Yes appeared on several bestseller lists, including ﬁve weeks on the New York Times list.
I know that her death was not a waste,” wrote Misty Bernall, “but a triumph of honesty and courage. 59 The second problem with the Columbine martyr stories, stemming from Klausner’s deﬁnition of martyrdom, is that of group/ideological conﬂict, or the political dimension of martyrdom. The martyr challenges the authority of a group or its agents to impose its deﬁnition of truth or reality. ”60 Eugene and Anita Weiner suggest three kinds of circumstances in which such group conﬂict produces martyrs.
The Martyrs of Columbine: Faith and The Politics of Tragedy by Justin Watson (auth.)