Saturday, April 30, 2005

Lessons from Kansas - Lutherans

Originally uploaded by dangunderman.
Lutherans really are everything Garrison Keillor implies in his "Lake Wobegon" stories - solid, musical, staid, repressed, happy-because-they're-supposed-to-be, and steadfast in their beliefs, no matter what darkness looms.

One belief is that fellow Lutherans are good people, primarily because they're Lutheran. Back at church one Christmas a few years ago, I was talking to a kid a few years behind me in school, and he told me he was going to be a lawyer. I made some off-handed lawyer joke, and he said in all earnestness, "No, no, it's OK, I'll be a Lutheran lawyer."

Some of you may recall Thomas Bird. He was a Lutheran pastor found guilty of hiring some dude to kill his wife. There was even a mini-series made about it - Murder Ordained. Dun-dun-DUNNNNN!

And yet Lutherans (mostly) maintain his innocence. My dad always did, having met him briefly once. A counselor I had at summer church camp even married the guy, meeting him after he began serving his life-sentence-without-parole.

Well, the BTK (that's "blind, torture, kill") serial killer tracked down in Wichita offers new challenges to the Lutheran blind spot. Yes, that's right. Mr. BTK was president of Christ Lutheran Church in Wichita.

He's expected to enter a plea once he goes to trial, but he thanks the congregation for their continued prayers and support.

There's nothing quite like the redemptive spirit of the Lutherans. Although I'm sure that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod would be quick to point out that Mr. BTK is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, i.e. the Liberal Lutherans. Some of those Lutherans even like the queers. The Missouri Synod won't tolerate the sodomites, but wife-killing Reverend Bird is innocent, and don't you forget it.



At 6:29 PM , Anonymous dropsy said...

Well, I guess the lesson for ELCA'ers is: if yer gonna ordain chicks, then ya gotta kill 'em to 'em in their place..... As for the men and children he went after, maybe that's just a Kansas thing.


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