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The Martyrs of Columbine

Faith and the Politics of Tragedy

The Martyrs of Columbine by Justin Watson
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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 supposedly answered "yes" and were killed. Within days of their death, Cassie and Rachel were being hailed as modern day martyrs and are seen by many American evangelicals as the sparks of a religious revival among teenagers. Cassie and Rachel, as innocents martyred for faith, also became useful symbols for those seeking to advance a conservative political agenda and to lay the blame for Columbine at the feet of their liberal opponents. According to police investigators, however, Cassie and Rachel may never have been asked by their killers about God. They may have been simply victims of a senseless crime rather than martyrs to a cause. This title provides a careful examination of the available evidence and attempts to discover what really occurred.
Palgrave Macmillan; February 2006
225 pages; ISBN 9781403970008
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Title: The Martyrs of Columbine
Author: Justin Watson