2020 January

19 Jan: Right Wing Extremist Shoots and Kills Man in Church

Comments continue about the West Freeway Church of Christ (WFCoC) attack. Some good, some not. What if that video showed Richard White (the security volunteer killed) being as quick to draw as pundits say he should have been? We would have seen the subject raise his shotgun slower than White raised his pistol, then die before he could shoot. The video would show a stunned congregation, slowly standing, every eye on White. Every eye of the world would have been on White. Would headlines the next day be, “prepared and ready defender saved countless lives?” I doubt it. They would be more like, “Armed Volunteer Shoots and Kills Man in Front of Stunned Congregation.” A subtitle would say, “Watch the shocking video here.” It would have been played over and over on every news network and anti-gun paid political ad. The antis would be yelling of how the poor underprivileged…

12 Jan: Strange and Funny Church News From 2019

In February, Mountain Home, AR police responded to a teenager’s call for help getting to keys he’d locked in his car at church. Over a pound of marijuana was seized from the car. Here’s his mug shot (a clue). On December 19th, in Sudbury, MA a woman told a church her landlord would evict her if she didn’t pay $1,200.00. Alfred Scamman (the mean landlord) and her had played similar scams in the area; this time their gig was up. Someone figured out she and Scamman were scammin’. On May 6th, in Newbury, PA a man couldn’t find his cat. He was convinced a church had kidnapped (catnapped?) it and were hiding it in the church. He tore up the church and threatened the confused congregants. Why would anyone hide a cat in a church? Cats won’t be in heaven anyway. On April 24th, in Okolona, MS the pastor changed the locks…

05 Jan: West Freeway Church of Christ AKE (Active Killer Event)

I was in White Settlement, Texas on Tuesday after the attack at West Freeway Church of Christ on Sunday 12/29/19. This is only the 2nd time a church killer was stopped this way. There have been church killers stopped by responding law-enforcement. There have been some stopped by congregants, or off-duty officers not part of any intentional team. Some have been stopped before they killed by intentional teams. New Life Church, on 12/9/2007, was the only time an intentional team of civilian volunteers stopped a killer after they had already killed at the church. It happened again on 12/29/2019 at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, TX. They have now joined the club nobody wants to be in. It never goes down as we would have written it. While not the first volunteer faith-based security operator to be killed in their service, this is the first time…