These are the faces of rich kids. Rich kids that burned at least 8 churches in Alabama. The motive wasn't racism the investigators say, since most of the churches were attended by whites. Every one involved in the investigation is freaked, it was assumed by profilers that the people who carried out these attacks were anything BUT smart ,college-aged rich kids. But it was these rich boys. They attended the University of Alabama, two of them were to appear in upcoming drama productions. Their ages are 19 and 20. They are said to have had"so much going for them"..yeah right! They are looking at hard time w/bubba in the federal slammer.
But the NY Times article also shows there are two sides to every person. A quote from one of the arsonist's that was written on an online Website for college and high school students gives a view into the darker side of these "good boys" that just wanted to have a little fun:"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! Only one problem stands in our way. I got a new cellphone for Christmas and I no longer have your number, so send it to me and evil shall once again come to pass!"
These kids were bright and had money to burn..so why did they burn churches? What could motivate supposed intelligent people to do something so heinous and stupid? After the first set of fires, they set four others in an attempt to throw investigators off their trail. They were just bored? Where is the fun in burning churches, houses of worship? Sorry, but thats not my idea of fun or a way to pass an evening. Why did these supposed intelligent kids do something so damn dumb for fun and games?
I don't know why these crimes bother me so much. It reminds me of the playground bullys terrorizing the little nerdy kids. I am a believer in God. I trust he will be there when I die and I think his houses of worship should be a place for safe haven. Inspite of all my rhetoric, I believe that people should be allowed to worship God where and how they want. God alone saved my brother from an early drug-induced death. I am thankful for that. It just jacks my jaw that these kids and their supporters are now flooding the media with stories about how "good" these boys were, that it was just a joke.
Its not a joke, its sick and disgusting...and guess what..they aren't kids..they are adults in the eyes of the law. And their parents money might keep them from doing hard time..but I hope they do some serious time..if only to have a consequence for their horrible despicable actions that put an entire state of Alabama parishoners in fear.