According to one article, a self-described “militant atheist” attacked a pastor who asked if the man’s girlfriend felt safe or threatened by her boyfriend.
The assailant said that the pastor said his girlfriend was “going to hell for dating me…. that’s when I made the worst mistake ever.”
(Here’s a VIDEO from the pastor)
Perhaps we can zone in on that, or we can talk a moment about the pastor’s response:
“We believe there is hope for everyone,” said Hayes, “but we also believe that regardless of that, people need to pay for what they have done, and I hope he has to pay for what he has done. Get put away for a while and not hurt anyone else. In my opinion, the next person won’t be as lucky as I was.”
The pastor asked for a protection order against Maxie and it was granted by Judge Denise Moody. Maxie is being detained in jail in lieu of a $51,000 bond.
Let’s not be judgmental or fanboys of that statement either way. The atheist obviously doesn’t represent all atheists anymore than the pastor represents all Christians. The real question is this:
What does the average newspaper reader take away from this?