I think Blabby nailed it: "Occasionally encountering stuff that doesn't match your personal beliefs doesn't equal discrimination."
On a different note: Do we really need yet another voice in the endless arguments over religion? One thing I like about atheists is that they tend to just ignore all that noise. When religious factions start clashing, atheists go off somewhere quiet and drink coffee and read a book and make jokes with their friends about how crazy everyone else is. I like it that way. We don't all need to jump into the fray.
In previous posts about this story, a lot of commentors have been asking to see photos of the knife. I think that's why Mirk is continuing to follow up on this. It does not, to me anyway, feel like she's trying to dig up some conspiracy where none exists. I think she's just trying to get information to the people that the people want to know. Being a journalist, in other words.
Excellent reporting, excellent writing. Sounds like a very confusing situation that ended tragically in a matter of seconds.
The bigger issue here, as a few people already pointed out, is that there is simply not adequate care for people like Collins. Until we are able to provide adequate help to people in his situation, more tragedies like this are inevitable.
The other issue, duh, is guns. Always with the guns, America, always with the guns. But let's crack that can of worms open on another day.
i am definitely trying that potato thing.
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