Is religion insane, or do the insane simply turn to religion?

The Houston Chronicle has a front-page article this morning about how a man walked into the IAH airport and apparently committed suicide by police (or Homeland Security in this case). The article is very light on details about the shooting, and instead focuses on the man’s Facebook comments and suicide note – all heavily laced with religious overtones. In fact, they’ve already updated the article twice with the only update being an additional religious quote from the guy. I normally ignore such things, but this time I thought I’d comment on it.

Liberal media outlets such as the Chronicle and/or our friends in Hollywood always point out how looneys are religious. They seem to go out of their way to find (or create) a connection between the two. What they would have us believe is that religion itself, specifically a belief in God or the Bible, is insane. Catholics and Protestants both are typically portrayed in films as either fanatically strict, hypocritical, or downright crazy. The reality is somewhat different. What little connection there is between mental instability and religion is that millions of people who have incomplete lives – both sane and insane – have turned to religion & God to improve those lives. It works for many… but not everyone, and the guy involved in the IAH shooting is one such case where it didn’t. Based on his comments, he was obviously seeking help, and for whatever reasons, didn’t get it. At least however he had the decency not to hurt anyone else – only himself.

This is a topic my wife and I know something about. My mother-in-law is fruity as an orchard. She’s been committed several times in the past twenty years, but it’s nearly impossible to get help for her when it gets bad. Even the times that she’s cut herself up or threatened to hurt someone, neither the police nor the hospitals will do anything about it. The only times in her life that she’s been close to normal is when she regularly attended church and prayed every day. So nobody – not liberals, not the Houston Chronicle, not Hollywood – is going to convince me that God doesn’t exist or that he can’t help people like this.

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