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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Good intentions? How could this guy possibly have "good intentions?" He died over someone's right to equality.

    He destroyed the lives of many, because he was so upset over what was going on in other peoples' bedrooms.

    SMH.
    You may have misunderstood. He wanted people to be free in their bedrooms, among other things.
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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Good intentions? How could this guy possibly have "good intentions?" He died over someone's right to equality.

    He destroyed the lives of many, because he was so upset over what was going on in other peoples' bedrooms.

    SMH.


    Ah, Supe, need to read it over again. Wasn't about the gay marriage thing, it was about the town's history of past racism and lynchings.

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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    oh ****. My bad. I thought this was the minister who said he'd set himself on fire if gay people could get married.

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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    This is one I don't think anyone saw coming. The man was obviously committed to his principles.
    Do you think this accomplishes anything?


    A Texas minister set himself on fire and died to ‘inspire’ justice - The Washington Post

    One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline.
    Then, witnesses said, he set himself on fire.
    Bystanders rushed to help, splashing him with bottled water and beating the blaze with shirts. Finally, someone found a fire extinguisher. Unconscious, he was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where JFK died. Moore died that night, June 23.
    Moore’s death seemed a mystery. He put a note on his car and left behind letters explaining his act, said a former colleague and relative by marriage, the Rev. Bill Renfro, but his writings were not released for nearly a week. His thoughts are now becoming public.
    The Tyler Morning Telegraph obtained a copy of the suicide note from Grand Saline police. In it, Moore lamented past racism in Grand Saline and beyond. He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned, with love in my heart” for those who were lynched in his home town as well as for those who did the lynching, hoping to address lingering racism. . . .


    Mighty sad. RIP.

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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    People make real sacrifices for justice and progress, and whine a lot when they just want to oppress others. This is a great contrast between people who fight to promote equality, and those who fight to take it away.
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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    People make real sacrifices for justice and progress, and whine a lot when they just want to oppress others. This is a great contrast between people who fight to promote equality, and those who fight to take it away.


    Methinks someone is making assumptions again.... instead of reading...

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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    This is one I don't think anyone saw coming. The man was obviously committed to his principles. Do you think this accomplishes anything?

    A Texas minister set himself on fire and died to ‘inspire’ justice - The Washington Post

    One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline.
    Then, witnesses said, he set himself on fire.
    Bystanders rushed to help, splashing him with bottled water and beating the blaze with shirts. Finally, someone found a fire extinguisher. Unconscious, he was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where JFK died. Moore died that night, June 23.
    Moore’s death seemed a mystery. He put a note on his car and left behind letters explaining his act, said a former colleague and relative by marriage, the Rev. Bill Renfro, but his writings were not released for nearly a week. His thoughts are now becoming public.
    The Tyler Morning Telegraph obtained a copy of the suicide note from Grand Saline police. In it, Moore lamented past racism in Grand Saline and beyond. He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned, with love in my heart” for those who were lynched in his home town as well as for those who did the lynching, hoping to address lingering racism. . . .
    What an effing selfish thing to do. He inflicted his burning death on the witnesses and now they can't forget it.

    What an ass.

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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Methinks someone is making assumptions again.... instead of reading...
    This guy was protesting the death penalty, racism, and homophobia. And he stood up and really did something about it. The anti-rights side only ever stands up when there's no danger. They turn the hose on people. They never face it themselves.
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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    I would guess there will be destructive and positive consequences. People are so varied right? Some will reflect on what he did and see his actions as deeply empathetic others will just think he's a selfish ass. Those who reflect may be moved to evolve more empathy themselves. Time will tell.

    I would be curious to learn how closely he was involved in those lynchings he is referring too. Sounds like he he may have been very burdened by guilt.
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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    oh ****. My bad. I thought this was the minister who said he'd set himself on fire if gay people could get married.

    Reading is fundamental.
    We are in the same boat then.

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