By reason of insanity
by Joseph Hughes, Thu Jul 27, 2006 at 06:35:01 AM EDT
Here's what's been puzzling me since last night. What makes those involved in the previous examples any less insane than Yates, whose horrific crimes I'm most certainly neither excusing nor making light of? They believe in Jesus and the legend created around him. I'm assuming they also believe in the devil. Sort of comes with the territory, doesn't it? The End Timers running our country can't just believe in the bright, shiny aspects of their faith. Because, after all, their rhetoric certainly would indicate otherwise. Knowing that, I find it confusing that the faithful would consider Yates insane while at the same time giving a clean bill of mental health to the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells of the word. Of course, Yates did a terrible thing, and that's something we mustn't forget. But I just don't see how the religious extremists dominating America can have it both ways.
Now, before my inbox explodes with religious right hate mail, I'm just saying we should have a real discussion about the reasons people do things and how people can crack under societal pressures just as easily as they can be labelled "insane". Clearly, Yates suffered from mental illness. But what was behind her illness? Yates, it was reported, had a history of mental problems. She had been hospitalized several times and had attempted to commit suicide on at least two occasions. Further, as the cited article said, "she believed she was failing to properly home-school her children in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake and was haunted by visions that one of her sons would become a gay prostitute." Sounds to me like she was under a tremendous amount of pressure, especially to be a good exemplar of her faith. And if we're going to declare her insane for her actions, I think we should spend equal time examining the faith-based factors behind her actions. I have a feeling there's a lot more insanity out there than we're comfortable admitting.