A Mundane Argument

In a previous post, "Perfect Wife, Perfect Mother, Perfect Lie," I discussed the connection between religion and the murder of Pastor Matthew Winkler, by his wife Mary.

Turns out Mary Winkler shot her husband over a mundane financial argument. According to her statement:

Booth testified that Winkler told police she knew her husband kept a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun in the closet of the home where they lived with their three daughters. She said she didn’t remember getting the gun. "The next thing I remember was hearing a loud boom. I remember thinking it wasn’t as loud as I thought it would be," Booth said, reading from Winkler’s statement. She told police her husband rolled from the bed onto the floor after being shot.

"He asked me why, and I just said `I’m sorry,"’ Booth read from the statement.

Winkler said the two had argued throughout the evening about several things, including family finances. The problems were "mostly my fault," she said, because she was in charge of keeping the family books. "He had really been on me lately criticizing me for things — the way I walk, I eat, everything. It was just building up to a point. I was tired of it. I guess I got to a point and snapped," Booth read to the court.

In my previous post, I stated: "It’s almost certain that the man subscribed to christian hierarchical principles in his relationship. Possibly he was domineering or unsympathetic to his wife’s needs. It takes a lot to get even a mentally unstable woman to shoot her husband in the back."

Looks like that’s exactly what happened. I also said: "But what are we to conclude of a belief system that in this case failed both the pastor AND his wife? You’ve got an entire congregation following a couple who clearly was on the verge of breakdown for some time. Neither the congregation could see it nor the minister himself."

Yes. What were these two bickering idiots doing as spiritual leaders for a whole congregation? How long do stupid, gullible people have to follow other people who can’t even manage their own household?

Let’s hear it for not following any leaders at all. Who needs ’em? Or at least have a requirement of a 4-year degree in psychology if you want to be a pastor. The bible is clearly not sufficient. If anyone needs spiritual guidance, they should get it from a psychotherapist who has gone to school and actually KNOWS something about human nature. Or at least knows enough to sense the danger signs long before their wife is mad enough to shoot them in their own bed with a shotgun!

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