As I drove to work this morning, I thought about a strange contrast in attitudes I've observed among my co-workers this week. Several weeks ago, the Carrie Prejean episode was a hot topic of discussion for several days. My colleagues were incensed that, in their opinion(s), a godless gay had inserted his intolerant political agenda into the pageant and robbed her of the Miss USA crown.
This week, American domestic news has been dominated by discussions of the murder of Dr. George Tiller by a Christian fundamentalist. No one in my workplace has mentioned this atrocity at all. I wonder why not?
Do they think that Scott Roeder (the accused murderer) was a nutcase and not a True Christian at all? Do they think the murder was justified, that Roeder was on a mission from God – it’s a dirty job, but someone had to do it? Do they think it's too bad that Dr. Tiller was murdered, and murder is absolutely wrong, of course - but it's sort of okay because now Tiller won't be performing any more abortions? God works all things together for good and all that? I have no idea what they think. All I know is that the silence has been strange.