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Former classmates of Devin Patrick Kelley, the deceased suspect allegedly behind the deadly mass shooting Sunday at a church in Texas, described him to reporters as a “creepy,” “crazy” and “weird” anti-Christian zealot who used his Facebook page to proselytize about atheism.
“He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re (sic) stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” former classmate Nina Rose Nava wrote to the U.K. Daily Mail.
Christopher Leo Longoria, another former classmate, said he eventually removed Kelley as a Facebook friend because of the constant negativity he had expressed.
Patrick Boyce, who reportedly attended New Braunfels High School with Kelley, described the suspected killer as “the first atheist I met.”
“He went (to the) Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why,” he added.
The Daily Beast confirmed that Kelley had indeed entered the Air Force, where he was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and their child.
“A judge sentenced him with a bad-conduct discharge, 12 months confinement, and two reductions in rank to basic airman, according to an appeals court decision in 2013 that affirmed the decision against Kelley,” The Daily Beast reported.
According to Fox News, Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs around 11:20 a.m. Sunday morning dressed in black tactical gear and reportedly wearing a ballistic vet. He then allegedly used a Rudger AR to mow down 26 men, women and children, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, after which he attempted to flee but was reportedly gunned down by a good guy with a gun.
While Kelley’s reported Facebook activities paint a picture of an anti-Christian zealot, his LinkedIn page listed him as a former teacher’s aide for a Vacation Bible School in Kingsville, where he reportedly taught for roughly a month, according to the New York Daily News. What remains unknown is why the position lasted only a month, let alone why he even chose to work at a Christian organization if he disliked Christians so much.
Another former classmate of Kelley’s claimed she grew up attending the same school as him.
“I grew up going to school with him … always creeped me out and was different,” the classmate, who asked to remain anonymous, said to the Mail.
One of Kelley’s former friends described as outright “crazy.”
“I ended up distancing myself from him in high school after he got in an argument with me in school and he tried punching me several times,” the friend said. “Dude was crazy man.”
Atheist Mocking Be Damned
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In an historic move for one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that they will begin to allow the admittance of girls. A new program will be created for older girls wishing to join the organization and the curriculum will be similar to that currently used for Boy Scouts, Fox News reported.
In a unanimous vote, the Boy Scouts board of directors in Texas opted for the historic change to the organization, which has mostly served young men and boys since its inception more than a century ago.
However, there is notably one organization that is not happy with the decision by the BSA.
The Girl Scouts have publicly spoken out against the initiative, suggesting it would strain the relationship between the two groups and accusing the BSA of simply looking to boost revenue.
“I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts … and not consider expanding to recruit girls,” Girl Scouts of the USA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan wrote in a scathing letter to Randall Stephenson, the Boy Scouts of America president.
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Still, the boy scouts believe the move is important.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, the current chief executive of the Boy Scouts, according to NBC News.
According the revised plan, Cub Scout dens, which are the organization’s smallest units, will be single-gender — either all girls or all boys. The larger Cub Scout packs will be given the option to remain single gender or allow both boys and girls to join. The program set for older girls is planned to begin in 2019 and will allow girls to earn the envied rank of Eagle Scout.
“The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls,” said Boy Scouts of America in a statement, according to CNN. “(T)he organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.”
“Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing,” the statement continued.
The BSA was founded in 1910 and The Girl Scouts was founded not long after in 1912. Both are among many youth organizations it the U.S. that have experienced a sharp decline in membership in recent years.
Girls will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts as soon as next year.
Hurricane Harvey Cartoon Explains what the Media Really Thinks of Christians, Conservatives, and Texans
Politico made a very big mistake on Wednesday when they decided to publish what may be one of the most bigoted, unAmerican, and despicable political cartoons published in recent memory.
Let’s start with the cartoon itself so that you can get a sense of what the liberal media actually thinks about people like us:
That image really has it all, doesn’t it?
This was published by the mainstream “news” publishers at Politico on a day when people were still getting rescued by the Coast Guard and by their neighbors.
Confederate flag? Check. Gadsden Flag? Check. Hillbilly redneck? Check. Texas Secession sign? Check. Mocking Christianity while praising government? Check.
This cartoon ticks all of the leftwing boxes, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, it ignores the fact that the vast majority of people saved during and after the storm were rescued by friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens. (That’s the small government way, if you’re keeping score.) Then the government actually told those heroic citizens to STOP saving their neighbors. It also ignores the fact that conservatives have never said that there is no place for government in a situation like this, in fact, this is one of the actual functions the government is supposed to take care of. Finally, it ignores the reality of a Sovereign God who “works in mysterious ways” and as the Bible teaches uses believers and non-believers alike to accomplish His Will.
Politico eventually realized their mistake and deleted the Tweet… but they kept the cartoon on their website.
The artist also tried to deflect the backlash from his bigoted cartoon by claiming it was just about secessionists:
The first problem with the cartoon is it’s crassness. People are still being saved, and it’s making fun of those same people.
The second problem is the stereotypes. It’s almost a caricature of what you’d expect a liberal cartoonist to draw in response to conservative Texans relying upon the government in their time of crisis. The Confederate flag T-shirt. The Gadsden Flag. The reference to being saved by God (which seems extremely dismissive of Christianity). The Texas secession banner. It’s all kind of … predictable? …
But the cartoon suggests that normal people who believe in small government should essentially forfeit government help in their time of need — or, at least, that they should suddenly recognize that their belief in smaller government is wrongheaded. It’s all very smug, and it gives extremely short shrift to very complex issues.
To make matters worse, the cartoon just isn’t very good. It’s ham-fisted and un-nuanced, there is nothing to think about as HotAir’s Ed Morrissey points out.
If you want a good analysis of what is taking place in Texas created by a political cartoonist with actual talent, look no further than Michael Ramirez: