Rush to Nonjudgment
The journalistic line is beginning to appear: These were good kids who got drunk
.Alabama Department of Conservation Officer Ricky LeCroy was among the first to describe Alabama church arsonists as out-of-towners on drunken joy rides.
Their lawyer pushes the "good kids who did something bad" line."This is not racially motivated," Bloomston said. "It's not an anti-Christian motivation. It's not an anti-family values. I think when things come to life these were good kids and something bad happened."
The Satanism discussion will probably die down quickly, although there's a hint of it here:Cloyd posted this on Moseley's Web page Jan. 9 at www.facebook.com: "To my dearest friend Moseley: The nights have grown long and the interstates of Alabama drunk driverless, the state troopers bored, the county sheriffs less weary, and the deer of Bibb County fearless. 2006 is here, it is time to reconvene the season of evil!"
Get Religion notes what I call
the "Rush to Nonjudgment".So were these simple good old Southern boys out having a wild night with a six pack or two? Could be. But I am still fascinated with the simple, pesky fact that these guys kept driving past lots of other sanctuaries to nail churches — black and white — with the word “Baptist” on the signs out front.
Exactly. If these punks had targeted nine synagogues, would there be any doubt that this was a hate crime?