That isn't a nice thing to do, and we're not supposed to do it.
My guess is that Freemasons frown on this sort of thing, too.
From today's news:
"TV actor in 'hack slay' of ma"Sigmund Freud didn't think much of religion. Considering the nutjobs he dealt with, professionally, I suppose I can see why. Someone whose stock in trade were slices from humanity's fruitcake selection might, hearing the umpteenth lunatic muttering about being the hammer of God, get the impression that all religious people were like the basket cases one collected.
Rebecca Harshbarger, Jamie Schram, Larry Celona, New York Post (November 24, 2010)
"B'klyn 'Bible' madman's sword frenzy: cops
"A crazed bit actor wielding an ornate Freemason sword hacked his mother to death early yesterday in their Brooklyn apartment while screaming out Bible passages and Masonic references, police and witnesses said.
" 'Repent! Repent! Repent! Michael Brea, screamed at his 55-year-old mother, Yannick, during his bizarre meltdown and the subsequent bloodbath at their Prospect Heights apartment, neighbors said.
"Brea, 31, ... was heard repeatedly through the door shouting about the 'architect of the universe,' a term used by Freemasons to refer to a supreme being. Longtime family friend Sylvan Benoit confirmed that Brea was a member of the Freemasons and had been to a meeting earlier in the evening....
"...When cops broke down the apartment door at around 2 a.m., they Tasered and arrested Brea, and charged him with murder.
"He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and allegedly blurted out, 'When I looked at my mother, I saw the devil.'..."
With a situation like Michael Brae's, involving a sword, religious references, and some guy's mother, my guess is that Freud would have had a field day making up a psychological analysis of the situation.
'Freudian symbolism' may be out of fashion now: but the notion that smart, realistic people aren't, by definition, 'religious' doesn't seem to be.
Me? I don't think acknowledging that God exists, and is smarter than I am, means that I'm stupid or crazy: but I'm 'one of those religious people. And, in the 'better' circles, 'everyone knows' what they're like.
Can't argue with logic like that.
Which reminds me:
January 16, 2010)
On the other hand, Haiti being predominantly Catholic, having the sort of culture it does, and chronic attitudes towards immigrants being what they are: I thought it'd be a good idea to bring the point up.
I'll grant that it's remotely possible that some arcane ritual unleashed dark forces in Brooklyn. Remotely.
It's also possible - and, in my view, considering the last few decades of America's history, much more likely - that there's a more pharmaceutical explanation to Mr. Brea's outlandish behavior.
But that's all speculation. Right now, all that law enforcement people in Brooklyn have to work with is Mr. Brea, a dead body, quite a few witnesses, and some amount of physical evidence. Happily, I don't have the job of trying to sort all that out.
January 22, 2010)
August 1, 2009, July 24, 2009)
"Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.72Depending on the topic at hand, my respect for human life may identify me as one of those
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.73(Catechism 2270)
"My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.74"
- Hate-filled, uncaring conservatives
- Who don't support abortion
- Bleeding-heart, irresponsible liberals
- Who don't support capital punishment
Yanick Brea's son, Michael? From the sounds of it, he needs prayer, too. And not the sort of 'kill the guy I don't like' thing you hear now and then. (April 13, 2010) From the sounds of it, Michael Brea needs help: legal; possibly psychiatric; and certainly spiritual.
I do not, emphatically, hope that Michael Brae goes free - assuming that he killed his mother. If he committed that act, it's not safe to let him run around loose.
This is going to sound corny: but I hope and pray that Michael Brae gets his relationship with God straightened out. No 'holier-than-thou' stuff going on. The same could and should be said for all of us.
- "Halloween, Emperor Palpatine, Electric Eyeballs, and Getting a Grip "
(October 29, 2010)
- "Gargling at the Stream of Wisdom"
(October 11, 2010)
- "Crowbar for Christ in Colorado?"
(October 7, 2010)
- "Religion isn't Bad?"
(April 12, 2010)
- "Beach Killer Joseph Burgess: A Case of Horribly Warped Christianity"
(July 24, 2009)