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

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

    Unfortunately for him his death will not change anything. It will be talked about in the local community for awhile but soon most will move on.

    The one thing that disturbs me is that setting himself on fire in front of bystanders he also put a heavy burden on them. Seeing a man on fire and trying your best to save him will be burned in their memory for the rest of their life.
    He might have had some good intentions but doubt this will change anyone.

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

    Let's see if he inspires the one who was making similar threats lst week over the SSM judgement. Will he be too damp after a long swim? What will his excuse be?
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    Re: A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to Inspire Justice

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Let's see if he inspires the one who was making similar threats lst week over the SSM judgement. Will he be too damp after a long swim? What will his excuse be?


    The chap last week never said anything about literally setting himself on fire. That was a strawman conjured up by the OP.

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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. . . .


    Not really the way to go about it, IMO.... though if you live to be 79 I guess you can choose how you go out.


    Seems a bit drastic to me.

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

    I am confused. I thought all Christians were strongly against suicide. I wonder if he wanted to die and be a martyr. I also wonder if he had a guilty conscience related to the lynchings there. Why would the racist past of that area have such a heavy burden on him personally?

    I hope he at peace now.

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

    my family has felt the intense sting of unforeseen suicide
    a minister should know how his death would adversely impact those close to him who were left behind
    what i thought of when reading this article was G_d at the pearly gates telling Rev Moore "I did not call you"

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I am confused. I thought all Christians were strongly against suicide. I wonder if he wanted to die and be a martyr. I also wonder if he had a guilty conscience related to the lynchings there. Why would the racist past of that area have such a heavy burden on him personally?

    I hope he at peace now.

    Actually the broad ban on suicide is primarily a Catholic doctrine which most Protestant denominations do not recognize. This is not to say Protestant denominations are "pro suicide" just that they don't believe suicides are condemned by their action.


    I find his action very extreme and ill-considered, and wonder if he was not suffering from depression or senility or some other malady that influenced his choice.

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

    The Darwin Award goes to...

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

    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.

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