Ii am back from my anniversary.
Unfortunately, I do not have much time to write this evening. Just as unfortunately, I read something in the news today that does not require many words.
According to a story on MSNBC.com, Hyang In Cho, the mother of the Virginia Tech shootist Seung Hui Cho, knew that her son was in trouble and sought help for him.
The help she sought was from a Presbyterian pastor Rev. Dong Cheol Lee, who diagnosed the son as being afflicted by a ’demonic power’.
"His problem needed to be solved by spiritual power," said Lee, whose church members met with Cho and his mother. "That's why she came to our church -- because we were helping several people like him." Those churchgoers told Hyang In Cho that her son was afflicted by demonic power and needed deliverance, Lee said.
If you want to keep people from killing other people, try seeking out real-world cures and treatments. In this case, religious belief did real-world harm by looking for magical and, to be honest, insanely stupid solutions to a real-world problem that ended up costing 32 lives.
One is supposed to respect the religious views of others. But, what respect is due to views that put innocent lives at risk?
The obligation to respect somebody else’s stupid views ends where those stupid views puts the life, health, and well-being of innocent people at risk.