Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jesus Take The Wheel IV

Here they are, another batch of smoldering church bus crashes. Jim thinks I have a weird hobby, and he's probably right. Why do I collect these news reports?

As I've mentioned before, I get frustrated whenever I hear anyone – usually someone of the right-wing Christian persuasion – try to tell me my lifestyle is dangerous.

The point I'm trying to prove is that by focussing on very narrow set of behaviors (e.g. riding around in church-operated vehicles) and then cherry-picking the most sensational results (e.g. spectacular wrecks that maim and kill themselves, their children and other innocent motorists and pedestrians) in a transparent attempt to impugn an entire group (e.g. Christians) you can make yourself look fairly nuts.

What I didn't expected when I set up my Google alert was to find so many results.

I know I've posted this one before, but I just love the writing. Especially
the action verbs like "clawed" and "ploughed".

July 24, 2013 - WI

Crash spares youth, takes out church van

A group of middle-school youth from First United Methodist Church in Downtown Madison escaped largely uninjured when an inattentive driver recently broadsided the church's van.

July 27, 2013 - TX

Church van accident leaves no injuries

A car accident on Friday, involving 13 children from Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, left no injuries. At 3:45 p.m., as they left from a church conference in Tyler, the church’s van was clipped in the back by an 18-wheeler truck causing it to swerve into another 18-wheeler.

July 27, 2013 - IN

Church identifies 3 members killed in bus crash on Keystone Ave.

A youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a mother of five children were killed in Saturday's church bus accident, officials of Colonial Hills Baptist Church said Sunday. More than 20 people were injured when the church bus struck a median barrier and overturned near 96th Street and I-465 on Saturday.

July 29, 2013 - Italy

38 pilgrims killed in Italy bus crash

At least 38 pilgrims have been killed after the coach in which they were traveling crashed through the barrier on a section of motorway near Avellino, in the Campania region, falling nearly a hundred feet before landing in scrub. The 48 passengers were returning to Naples from a pilgrimage to a church dedicated to Saint Pio of Peitrelcina. Children are included among the fatalities.

August 1, 2013 - PA

10 suffer minor injuries in Adams County church bus crash

Ten people, all but one children, suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon when a church bus was involved in a crash with a truck in Adams County, according to state police and hospital officials. The bus was carrying roughly 20 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 from Fellowship Baptist Church out of the Fairfield area, police said.

August 2, 2013 - GA

Mo. youth group safe after bus wreck

Seventeen people were injured when a bus carrying the First Baptist Church of St. Charles, Mo., youth group crashed on a steep, foggy, rain-slickened road in Murray County, Ga.

August 21, 2013 - Indonesia

At least 19 killed in Indonesia church bus crash

A packed church bus returning from an outing plunged 29 feet into a river Wednesday in Indonesia’s West Java province, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than a dozen, officials said. The bus, carrying about 60 people from a church in northern Jakarta, was returning from a trip to the hilly resort town of Puncak when its brakes apparently malfunctioned.


  1. I didn't say it was weird 'per se'... just that it's an "interesting" hobby.

    You would go crazy in Utah if you set up an alert every time the news media tells of a crime committed by a Mormon church member!

    1. I'll say weird. Weird, weird, weird. But, thatt's why we sit next to Pac at parties.