Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fire And Rims Blown

Church Bus Mayhem #2: "Think About The Children!"

At the end of August I wrote about a pervasive danger facing individuals who are actively involved in the Christian lifestyle. I’m afraid September wasn’t a better month for these folks.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees religious freedom, and I’m a huge fan of the First Amendment. I’m also a big fan of our interstate highway system. I’m not advocating new limitations or regulations on either one. If a bunch of consenting adults want to pack themselves into a van designed for hauling cargo like a gaggle of circus clowns, that’s their business.

However, these stories make it clear that a disproportionate number of the victims of this tragic phenomenon are children who are under the age of consent. These are innocent children whose only fault is surrendering 100% of their care and well-being to their religious indoctrinators. This is specially troubling when the precepts of that religion favor the well-being of its followers in a hypothetical “afterlife” over their well-being in reality.

Man killed in Highway 54 Crash

Sept. 10, 2012
One person was killed when the car he was driving struck a church bus early Sunday afternoon. His wife was injured. EMS was called to Highway 54 West near Herbert Willis Road.

Fund created for teen seriously hurt in church van crash on I-4

Sept. 13, 2012
Her fight began on Saturday, as she and fellow members of the church traveled to the Rock the Universe concert in Orlando. Around mile marker 55 on I–4, a tire blew out on the van they were traveling in. It flipped into the median, and she landed on her head.

Teen dies after being seriously injured in crash on I–4

Sept. 14, 2012
Lakeland, Florida – Sierra Johnson, the 17-year-old who was injured last weekend in a church van crash on I–4, has passed away.

Two die when church van collides with SUV in Sevier County

Sept. 16, 2012
SEYMOUR (WATE) - Two people were killed and several injured Sunday morning in a fiery wreck when their church van collided with an SUV in Sevier County.

Two teens hurt in church-van crash

Sept. 16, 2012
Tire failure is the cause behind a single-vehicle Polk County crash that has left one of seven passengers in serious condition, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Deceased victims identified in church van crash

Sept. 17, 2012
Deceased victims identified in church van crash …. According to Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley, Schaeffer was convicted of one felony county of robbery in January 2011. … Settle said he had never seen such a serious accident.

‘Sunshine of the school’: Teenage church bus wreck victim

Sept. 19, 2012
Courteney, one of two victims of Sunday’s fiery and horrific head-on collision on Chapman Highway between an SUV and the church bus in which the girl was riding, will be buried on Thursday. Friends, family, school officials and even … Izzy, who said …

Church Van Driver Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Sept. 21, 2012
A Spring Valley man who was the church bus driver for a South Nyack congregation has been convicted by a Rockland County jury in New City of sexually abusing a young boy in 2011.

Update: Crash on Park Avenue Injures 7

Sept. 30, 2012
Seven people were injured when a church van collided with an SUV at Fifth Street and Park Avenue Saturday about 10:30 p.m. The Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to the crash that brought about 60 emergency personnel to the scene.

1 comment:

  1. I think the parallel of stupidity (meaning that people have to be told what to think and believe) is proportinal to these accidents. Stupid is as stupid does.