Monday, October 11, 2004

Blameless Minister

The Enquirer had an article yesterday touting a 'Church arsonist' becoming church minister. In this article the man blames 'Satan' for him setting fire to the church, it did not burn down only damaged. He also blames the music he was listening to:
Murphy was just 17 when he and some friends splashed gasoline around the foundation of Fairview Christian and set it ablaze.

Their crime came after a night of drinking whiskey and drenching their minds in music of what Murphy now calls satanic bands - the likes of Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.
He's not to blame, blame Marylyn Manson!!! Don't blame druken behavior, blame Trent Reznor! Don't take responsibility, just change your religious convictions and remove all responsibility! He said more:
Murphy didn't deny his role. He simply told authorities that satanic beliefs prompted him.

"I believe I was possessed by demons," Murphy said, recalling the incident last week as he cuddled his 8-month-old daughter, Jayda. "They infused me with that kind of darkness. I lost control - and I didn't care."

This story comes across as niche targeted journalism. This is the type of article one might find in CCV newsletter, not a local newspaper. I guess the fundamentalist dollars are something the Enquirer needs to get as much as the mainstream Christian. They are targets so much that they did a follow-up article today which adds nothing but a pat on the back to someone who in print takes no personal responsibility for his actions.
"I'm sure everyone has something in their past that they're not proud of. God forgives and forgets."

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