I'm going to dump them here, as I don't know what else to do with them.
Point #1: Isn't it obnoxious how people latch on to catastrophic events, and try to make themselves relevant to them by whatever means are necessary?
Point #2: Isn't it silly how a person who is chronologically an adult should feel protective of her parents, who are adults themselves and entirely capable of looking after their own well-being?
Point: #3: Is it stupid to think about how men, when confronted with a dangerous situation, should feel compelled to be brave and overcome their fear, and that this extra bit of pressure on top of the fear is especially cruel to them?
Point #4: Is it selfish and narrow-minded to focus on such questions at the expense of considering the broader implications of an event like Dr. Tiller being murdered in my parents' church, less than thirty feet away from where they were both sitting?
Yesterday feels like a week ago. I'm unquestionably guilty of #1, but #2-4 are stuck in my head no matter what. I can't get out of my head the matter-of-fact way in which my father explained that Dr. Tiller had been killed, and later that he had taken on the task of guiding people out of the church to prevent them from witnessing what he had witnessed.
I'm visiting my parents in Wichita, Kansas this weekend. They just came home from church and said that Dr. George Tiller, a member of their congregation, was shot in the head and killed. Dr. Tiller performs abortions here in Wichita, and has for many years. He was shot in both arms in 1993 during the so-called "Summer of Mercy" protests but has continued his practice in spite of being kicked out of his former church. He then joined Reformation, my parents' church, who refused to kick him out despite protestors showing up every Sunday and screaming at them through bullhorns. The protestors got ahold of the church roll and have sent ugly postcards and letters to members of the congregation, including my parents.
Dr. Tiller was an usher today, and was going to get a cup of coffee in the lobby when a man came out of the sanctuary and shot him. At least one other usher witnessed it, but was afraid to tackle the man because he was afraid he might get shot as well. The man made it out of the church and into his car. He drove off, but another usher got his license plate number.
I'm going to watch the news now, not that it will probably tell me anything new.....my parents commented that they heard the gunshot, but it sounded like a "pop" and they didn't realize what it was. The sound of a good man being murdered by a purpose-driven lunatic turned out not to be so ominous.
This man who shot him has attended Reformation many times, apparently looking for the best chance to kill Tiller. I'm sure some church members know his name, and many of them definitely know his face. He will not get away with this. I doubt he expected to. That, in a way, only makes it worse.
I'll have to stop now. I'm too busy crying and shivering with rage.
Fri, May. 8th, 2009, 07:55 pm
I love Youtube
It lets people like this do their thing:
Tue, May. 5th, 2009, 04:32 pm
So I've got a writing gig, with Examiner.com. I am now Dallas's Religion and Science examiner. Pretty cool, huh? Not sure at all yet how it's going to go, but you could learn something interesting (and help me out, but learning something interesting is more important) by going to my home page
there and reading the article I just wrote
on pareidolia and religion. You really want to know what that means, right? Yeah, I thought so.
If you have half an hour to watch an extremely fast-talking law professor explain why it is never a good idea to talk to the police, under any circumstances-- even if you're innocent and have every intention to tell the truth-- then I recommend this one:
Not easy, this. Searching for a research/writing position, preferably on religion, science, politics, or the interactions between the three, in this
economy? No, not easy.
Apparently the National Wild Turkey Federation needs a web editor,
though.....maybe I should apply.
"I must admit that I am embarrassed that this video will be shown beyond the bounds of America, and that I have to share this with audiences worldwide who may choose to snicker at those 'crazy Americans.'"
The video contains a segment on Owen Beck, the teenager with bone cancer who was helped by the medical marijuana Lynch provided. Beck was not permitted to testify at Lynch's trial.