Man kills 2 in Unitarian Universalist “Church”
July 28, 2008 1 Comment
From C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity,
But a Christian must not be either a Totalitarian or an Individualist. I feel a strong desire to tell you–and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me–which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us.
He always sends errors into the world in pairs–pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.
The Conservative/Liberal divide, I think, falls under Lewis’ pairs of opposites theory. Good folks (insofar as men can be called good) reside within both ideologies.
Yet we are made to think (the media might share most of the blame) that whatever side we associate most with, the people on the opposite side do Satan’s bidding. Most of the barbs are traded by the so-called talking heads on the various cable news outlets, and us “common folk” usually fall into battle lines like the armies of old.
The vitriol one side has for other usually doesn’t go beyond accusatory words but sometimes these passions get whipped up into such a frenzy that something like this happens,
Police: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views
Click here for another report of the incident.
Update: Apparently the shooter had issues with Christianity (“Neighbors: Accused shooter everyone’s friend, questioned Christianity”), which is kind of strange because the Unitarian Universalist “Church” isn’t even Christian.