During the shooting rampage in Norway:
Hege Dalen and her spouse, Toril Hansen were near Utöyan having dinner on the opposite shore across from the ill-fated campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island. “We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview. The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden. Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat. Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times. They were able to rescue 40 young people from the clutches of the killer. “We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said. (Source)
So let’s get the christian theology straight here: although Anders Breivik, the Norway killer, murdered many people, many devout christians will insist that he will go to heaven because he’s a christian (a rather bad one, to be sure, but not guilty of murder for reasons of political necessity, he says). But these two brave women – listening to their moral conscience and acting on it rather than their fear – are doomed in the hereafter because they are practicing lesbians (and married).
And religious folk wonder why more and more people – those capable of critical thought who also respect what’s true in reality – are turning their backs on the absurd religious truth claims about the divine source of our morality.
Is it really any mystery at all if we use reality as our arbiter?