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Protester Burns in Christmas Inferno
Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2006 | Michael Medved

Posted on 12/27/2006 1:32:38 AM PST by beaversmom

Americans celebrate Christmas in many different ways but in Bakersfield, California, an apparent secular fanatic observed the holiday by dousing himself with flammable liquid and setting himself ablaze.

According to press reports, he meant to show his passionate objection to Thursday night’s decision by the Kern High School Board of Trustees to change the name of the winter break to “Christmas vacation” and the spring break to “Easter Vacation.” The protester (the headline proclaimed, “Name Change Sparks Protest”) first set fire to a Christmas tree and several flags, then lit himself to express his displeasure at the Board’s decision. Fire Department spokesman Garth Milam indicated he “suffered first degree burns on his shoulders and arms” and received treatment in a local hospital.

Many commentators have condemned the alleged hysteria and extremism by religious conservatives who complain about the “War on Christmas,” but none of the holiday’s defenders has tried to burn himself (or herself) to death to protest less attention to the season’s religious origins. It took a militant secularist (driven to suicidal rage by the designation of a school break as “Christmas vacation”?)to give macabre new meaning to the “season of light.”

Yes, it’s a sad story and the perpetrator is probably insane but the incident still illustrates a point I’ve made repeatedly on the radio show: in today’s battle between America’s religious majority and a beleaguered (and tiny) secularist minority, there’s far more extremism, intolerance, militancy, aggressiveness and even insanity on the secular side. The “separationists” and non-believers feel threatened by religiosity, and compelled to attack it, in a way that the faith community seldom feels menaced by atheism or secularism. The reason for the greater tolerance from religious believers is simple but profound: if we’re wrong about God’s existence, the long-term consequences are insignificant, but if atheists are wrong in their non-belief the impact on them could be substantial and, in fact, eternal.

In contrast to our Muslim counterparts, Christians and Jews don’t observe our holiday seasons by attempting to secure heaven through suicide or self-mutilation, but a secular-minded lunatic just lit himself ablaze in order to protest even the slightest, most subtle reminder that he might face even more painful flames in the future.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: burningissues; christophobia; duiq; flamer; hottopic; medved; michaelmedved; misotheism; selfimmolation; touchy; wickerman

1 posted on 12/27/2006 1:32:39 AM PST by beaversmom
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2 posted on 12/27/2006 1:34:41 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

You could say he was lit up like a Christmas tree...


3 posted on 12/27/2006 1:49:41 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: beaversmom

Obvious nutjob.


4 posted on 12/27/2006 1:51:27 AM PST by Zeroisanumber (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: beaversmom
Buh-Bye

5 posted on 12/27/2006 1:53:27 AM PST by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: beaversmom

Sounds like the same mentality that burns down their own neighborhood to protest some perceived injustice or another.

Not too bright really...


6 posted on 12/27/2006 1:53:41 AM PST by DB
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To: beaversmom

They say stupid hurts. I'd imagine this one stung a bit.


7 posted on 12/27/2006 1:54:49 AM PST by bad company ([link:www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083006J.shtml | The Path to 9/11])
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To: beaversmom

8 posted on 12/27/2006 1:55:32 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: beaversmom
This sort of thing never occurred before the US Supreme Court took from the states and citizens the right to pass laws on religion, speech, press and assembly. The majority is tolerant and should have never been denied the right to make laws affecting decency, respect, and sensibility. Now there exists a vacuum with constant conflict caused by a very small minority.
9 posted on 12/27/2006 2:01:47 AM PST by backtothestreets (Invite Jesus to pray with you.)
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To: beaversmom
“suffered first degree burns on his shoulders and arms”

Obviously he didn't use enough...



Really annoying when moonbat screwballs don't do the job right the first time.
10 posted on 12/27/2006 2:24:30 AM PST by Dallas59 (HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!)
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To: beaversmom
The reason for the greater tolerance from religious believers is simple but profound: if we’re wrong about God’s existence, the long-term consequences are insignificant, but if atheists are wrong in their non-belief the impact on them could be substantial and, in fact, eternal.

Worth repeating.

11 posted on 12/27/2006 2:30:39 AM PST by Diva
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To: beaversmom
I am just sorry that these types of idiots get any air time.
12 posted on 12/27/2006 2:33:49 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: beaversmom

He no doubt failed to use a catalytic convertor thereby contributing to pollution, greenhouse gasses and global warming. How irresponsible. He deserves a stiff fine at the very least. (/sarcasm)


13 posted on 12/27/2006 2:55:33 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Our troops are smart. It's our politicians who are stupid.)
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To: beaversmom

Chestnuts roasting by an open fire.........


14 posted on 12/27/2006 3:07:03 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: beaversmom

Was he screaming:

"Oh GOD!! Jesus Christ, It BURNS!!!"?????


15 posted on 12/27/2006 3:16:48 AM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: beaversmom

Depressed Nuts roasting on an open fire...


16 posted on 12/27/2006 3:53:26 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
He deserves a stiff fine at the very least. (/sarcasm)

Yeah. Bad boy! Not carbon neutral.

17 posted on 12/27/2006 4:18:48 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: beaversmom

Another case of demon possession.


18 posted on 12/27/2006 4:22:36 AM PST by bmwcyle (I believe in Jesus Christ, the reason for the season.)
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To: beaversmom

Great, now I will have Disco Inferno in my head all day.


19 posted on 12/27/2006 4:32:04 AM PST by ko_kyi
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

"Pest nuts roasting in an open fire..."


20 posted on 12/27/2006 5:31:34 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Bean Counter
I'm dreaming of a white an alight Christmas....
21 posted on 12/27/2006 5:50:25 AM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: beaversmom

Yule Log?


It obviously wasn't much of an inferno, he hardly got a good sunburn out of it.


22 posted on 12/27/2006 5:54:20 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Dallas59

"He suffered first degree burns"

I can get those just by stepping into bright sunlight for ten minutes. Luck o' the Irish, surely!


23 posted on 12/27/2006 5:56:00 AM PST by elcid1970
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To: beaversmom

I don't watch TV but my liberal relatives tell me that the evil Bill O'Reilly is behind all of the moves to keep Christmas in Christmas. O'Reilly is the leader of some massive cult empire where his robotic followers visciously attack anyone who doesn't say "Christmas".


24 posted on 12/27/2006 5:58:35 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

In my Navy days, this guy would have been referred to as either a Running, or Screaming, Class Alpha Fire...


25 posted on 12/27/2006 1:47:29 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: beaversmom; Salamander; All
"The reason for the greater tolerance from religious believers is simple but profound: if we’re wrong about God’s existence, the long-term consequences are insignificant, but if atheists are wrong in their non-belief the impact on them could be substantial and, in fact, eternal"

As great a fan of Michael Medved as I am, I must take issue with this one point in his article. There is, in the heart of man, through Natural Law (think Clarence Thomas) an inherent sense of good and evil. If we are wrong about the existence of God, then there are still reasons to abide by the rules set forth in the Ten Comandments, as well as the "emanations" from other religious faiths. These convictions give voice to that sense of right and wrong, ascribing moral authority, without dominating or enslaving men, to the Creator, and making possible the foundations for cultures such as the one that is distinctly American.

It is only with the influence of this faith that a society such as ours can exist. Secularists find this idea intolerable specifically because it speaks to that shard of understanding in their souls that tells then there is more to reality than themselves, and more to life than mere existence.

In this way, the ramifications of faith are great and far reaching - not insignificant in any way. It is the insignificance of a life without higher purpose that gives rise to the nihilism of self-immolation.....perhaps a eerie preview of the immolant's ultimate destiny. Secular libs find no problem coexisting with pseudo-religions like Islam (Submission) because the values being defended by the Judeo-Christian majority are of no value to them, and in fact, they may find kindred spirit in the life denying practices of the fanatics.

/series commentary off/return to snarky jerk mode

To paraphrase the Savior "By their fruit(cakes) you shall know them."
26 posted on 12/27/2006 2:35:55 PM PST by shibumi (".....panta en pasin....." - Origen)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
You could say he was lit up like a Christmas tree...

thanks! i'm looking for examples of simile and metaphor... i'm going to teach these to my son next week... very good!

27 posted on 12/29/2006 8:41:59 AM PST by latina4dubya
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To: beaversmom

Build a man a fire, and he stays warm for a day.
Set a man on fire, and he stays warm for the rest of his life.


28 posted on 12/29/2006 8:44:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: bmwcyle
Another case of demon possession.

Plus plenty more, right on this thread.

29 posted on 12/29/2006 8:48:42 AM PST by Romulus (Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo.)
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