Tuesday, March 04, 2008
A weekend ambush left a mother and her two sons dead and the father wounded, a grisly shooting and stabbing attack authorities say was carried out by the family's teenage daughter and the boyfriend her parents disliked.
The lone survivor was Terry Caffey, the father. He was shot five times — including twice in the back — before he dragged himself through the woods in search of help.
The Rev. Todd McGahee of Miracle Faith Baptist Church, where the Caffeys worshipped and were the house musicians, wept and struggled to stay composed during his Sunday sermon.
"When I first heard, I was like, I don't even think I would have crawled out of the house," McGahee told his congregation. "But God has a purpose for Terry's life. God has a reason. God gave him the strength to get out."
Thanks for the insight, Reverend. But riddle me this: what was the divine "reason" behind the execution of the mother and sons?AP:
The graphic narrative of the ambush — which includes the 16-year-old daughter allegedly having sex with her boyfriend after he helped kill her family — brought fresh anguish to this remote East Texas town still reeling from the Saturday massacre.
Everything happens for a higher "reason". Except the hideously evil stuff.
Labels: crime, Tejas, Weeligion
This sort of after-the-fact justification is one of the things that really infuriates me about that sort of religious ilk. It's based in the same logical fallacy that justifies the New Orleans flood as "God's revenge," as if God would be so human-like as to display such a petty, vindictive emotion.
Besides, if it WAS "God's revenge," it demonstrates a pretty big flaw on God's part: far from being a surgical strike, a significant part of the Gulf Coast--as well as areas inland--were badly bludgeoned, for what looks like no reason at all...and what about the other storms of 2005? Was God just having a bad year?
Well, at least with the good foundation that the 16-year-old daughter got from being raised in a good church-going family we know that at least she'll lead a good and moral life......wait, what now?
Hmm...well, you know how much cold-blooded murder turns on good Christian chicks, man...it's like a frickin' aphrodisiac to 'em. They gotta have it right then and there.
A couple of things:
What sense does it make to mention the name of the mother, father, and two brothers but not mention the daughter's name because of her age? Of course, you can easilly find her name online.
She was homeschooled. This will do wonders for the argument that home schooled kids are normal and well adjusted.
This idea is so ingrained in the American religious psyche. I specifically deal with this issue in my classes. The worst manifestation is when the whole ordeal gets used to demonstrate how God made used the whole ordeal to make the survivor a stronger person!
My response is, "Couldn't God do that without killing the guy's family?"
It's a really awful coping mechanism isn't it?