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Friday, October 06, 2006

A simple life?

Normally I post about a variety of subjects. I've strayed from political topics here, as they are so thoroughly covered elsewhere, although I still comment on such things...elsewhere.

Of late, however, one particular topic has been weighing heavily upon my mind.

I cannot conceive of a more nearly perfect example of innocence than these little Amish schoolgirls; they were practically babies.

I cry every time I think about the ones whose young lives were ended at the hands of a deranged psychopath.
(So much for the "rough, tough" biker image)

Generally speaking, when I hear of these types of things happening, I find myself wishing that the perpetrator had started with himself rather than finishing there.

As many of you know, I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. Since the Amish are a very private group of people, and PGR only attends at a family's request, we were not in attendance...but I was there in spirit.

Fortunately those poor excuses for human beings representing a so-called church in Kansas decided not to show up at the funerals, as they had originally said that they would.

My fellow blogger Benning has posted a nice overview about the Amish.

Memorial contributions can be sent to:
The Nickel Mine School Victims Fund
c/o Hometown Heritage Bank
Post Office Box 337
Strasburg, PA 17579

I imagine they'd also forward correspondence...


Blogger benning said...

Very nice, Camo. I, too, wish these fools would start with themselves, but they never do, do they?

The Amish probably never heard of the Patriot Guard Riders. If they had, though, I can't even imagine them asking for your help: it's not their way, is it?

Great picture! Great post! Thanks.

October 06, 2006 7:59 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Somehow,I am disappointed that this "Christian" group did not attend.....I'm sure there would have been others there who would have helped them along in their quest to see the pearly gates.
(and you thought I was a sweet little ol' lady)

October 06, 2006 9:43 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I admit to some confusion regarding the beliefs and practices of the Amish, even though I am fairly familiar with them having met and talked to many of them in the area I've hunted in Michigan for many years (Mio, Michigan). They eschew modern conveniences but will hitchhike or use a phone that belongs to others, and when they bale hay and straw, they drive a team of horses, dragging a gasoline-engine-powered baler on a wagon, which seems very silly to me...

But, that said, the idea that a religious group can do what these so-called Baptists are doing in the name of God, is much more confusing. These morons are so reprehensible that their philosophical position reminds me of the fundamentalist Islamist position. I wonder when they will graduate from reveling in the deaths of "unbelievers" to causing the deaths of them?

October 06, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

We have an Amish community just down Interstate 57 from us. Very dear people. Also, most of our Civl War, harumph, War Between The States clothing is made by an Amish family our group has contact with. I wear it with honor. Interesting thing, they won't sew the buttons on the uniform if they have swords, cannons, or an eagle on them, which is quite consistent with the pacifistic views.

My heart goes out to the Amish community and the families who lost their beautiful children to this God-hating monster (he admitted as much in his suicide letter). This is precisely way I believe schools should either hire an armed security guard (preferably a veteran) or have a teacher trained and licensed to conceal carry. Sadly, the Amish community will reject this idea out of misplaced notions about what the Bible says about the right to life and the right to self-defense being one of thos unalienable rights that the Founders spoke about so often.

Godspeed to my Amish brothers and sisters.

October 06, 2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Amen, it doesn't get much sadder than this. There is, in my humble opinion, a large lessen to be learned here though. That is the message of forgiveness. The world would be a far better place if their were more true Christians like these folks.
They not only preach but actually seem to believe that God has a plan and vengeance is not up to them. How novel in this allegedly "God fearing" country of ours.

October 06, 2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Road Rider said...

Well said. It's sad that in this world the "wheat" takes so much abuse from the "tares".

God Bless!

October 06, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

It has been a long, strange week. I am ashamed to be a Baptist after the misconduct of those at Westboro, and I want to kill someone for what the milkman did. God will view us all in infinite mercy. I wish I was Amish, and could forgive so quickly. There are lessons to be learned here.

October 06, 2006 11:36 AM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

Hank, are the Amish psychologically prepared to take a life? Some of us are tough nuts, and know what this means. These are people who don't want to deal with electricity. I don't see competent handling of a 9mm pistol. All we can do is pray.

October 06, 2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Of all the senselessness going on in the world today, THIS lunatic's targeting of these precious little girls IS the most senseless. The Amish keep to themselves, have incredible faith, and harm NO ONE! I too, wish that Roberts had started with himself, instead of preying upon those innocent children. I cried at the sight of that procession of horse-drawn buggies on their way to the funerals yesterday. Such beautiful simplicity and faith in the face of such a complicated and messed-up world was more than I could bear. May God bless them all.

October 06, 2006 12:05 PM  
Blogger camojack_senior said...

I cannot imagine the fear and anguish that these poor innocent
babies must have experienced while
waiting for their turn to be
executed at the hand of this
reprehensible excuse for a
human being. My heart goes out to these beautiful people for all the
suffering they must be enduring.
I can't believe the amount of
real pain I feel in my heart and
I too weep for the tragic loss
may God grant them the peace they
deserve in heaven

October 06, 2006 4:58 PM  
Blogger JR said...

It is hard to put how I feel into words... Bloodlust and Rage are weak terms for what I feel... I have to close my eyes and remember that the Ultimate Justice will be handed down...

October 06, 2006 7:00 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I can think of no other people than the Amish who seem more godly or Christian. However, I must admit that I am personally acquainted with absolutely ZERO Amish people. Except for a few quick visits to Amish country, I have not spent ANY time with the Amish, certainly not enough to form a valid opinion. However, they do SEEM godly and Christian.

If I find anything at all wrong with their interpretation of Scripture, it is their isolationism from "the world". In New Testament terms, "the world" refers to "the kingdoms of the world" which are under the control of Satan...

Again, the devil took him (Jesus) to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'" --Matthew 4:8-10

While praying to God the Father, Jesus said of his disciples...

I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray that thou shouldst take them OUT of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world... As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them INTO the world. --John 17:14-16,18

Jesus did not want us to be isolated from "the world", but he prayed that we would be protected from "the evil one" who controls the world. In fact, Jesus sends us into the world (where the sinners live) so that we can be "the light of the world". We cannot bring light to the world if the world can't see us. Jesus said...

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." --Matthew 5:14-16

End of today's sermon,
(:D) Go in peace...

October 06, 2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger Dr. Harden Stuhl said...

Truly Sad...Truly sad.

October 09, 2006 6:55 PM  

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