Tuesday, February 14, 2006

What Would You Do for Love?

Two Nazarene Christians killed a man to stay in the church. In a day when we hear about religiously-motivated killings every day, this case is a little unusual. Ironic even.

Mark Mangelsdorf, one-time student body president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, pleaded guilty to mudering the husband of a school secretary while a student there in 1982. Prosecutors claim that Mangelsdorf and the secretary, Melinda Raisch, were romantincally involved and plotted to kill her husband (David Harmon) because the church would not allow a divorce.

OK -- do you see the irony here?
Mangelsdorf: Melinda, I love you, but the church won't let you get divorced. What can we do?
Raisch: There must be some way to stay faithful to church doctrine, and still be together.
Mangelsdorf: I've got it! We could kill David! Then you'd be a widow, and we could marry!
Raisch: And we could still have our wedding at the Nazarene church!
Mangelsdorf: Praise the Lord!

Apparently, Mangelsdorf beat Harmon to death with a crowbar. (Read about it here.)

It's all a little surreal.

What does this say about the Christian Church in America?

Happy St. Valentine's Day


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do white people that commit horrific crimes, try to cover it up by stating that it was a Black person who committed the crime? I am so outraged by the racism that is so obvious and so strong in this so called "free" country.

11:49 PM  
Blogger chris said...

I didn't read about the black person being blamed -- was that in the Times article? There's no need to stay angry -- they are getting justice.

9:17 AM  

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