Man kills 2 in Unitarian Universalist “Church”

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.

Picking up Change gets you picked up

Preparing for a lifetime of crime?

When I hear the phrase “picking up change” I can’t help but think of the dance that bears that name.

When Laslo Mujzer of Florida hears the phrase he’ll forever think of the clink. Mr. Mujzer was arrested after lifting $0.42 from a mall fountain.

Police arrest man accused of taking 42 cents from mall fountain

According to the story, the “proceeds” from the fountain went to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, so perhaps the overreaction was justified?

So now my “namesake”* will have a petty theft charge on his record for doing something that is a rite of passage for every child in America, treating the mall fountain as one’s personal ATM.

*Some people think my name is Laslo which is funny because I don’t look the least bit Hungarian