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Monday, March 13, 2006

Burning Down Churches

Speaking of the three college students who burned down a string of churches.


Stories about the three in the Birmingham News point, in the first place, to lots of alcohol use, or rather abuse, since all were underage. Then there’s a reference, in a New York Times article, to marijuana. Last but not least, two of the three called themselves Satanists, which one said was "not about worshipping the devil, but about the pursuit of knowledge." At least one apparently ridiculed—perhaps light-heartedly, perhaps not—a fellow student who attended chapel at Birmingham-Southern, a school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Another wrote this on a webpage: "Let us defy the very morals of society instilled upon us by our parents, our relatives and of course Jesus."

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