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

2 Comments:

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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