In Oklahoma, we do issues that sound like they arrive out of an SNL routine that was expressly designed to ridicule Okies. That’s, we appear to need to create a picture of ourselves that matches the widely-held stereotypes. The occasions I’m about to explain are all precisely what you’ll anticipate from benighted rednecks, and the chances towards all of these items occurring without delay are enormous. I can solely conclude that rural Okies needto make themselves look silly. Probability can not clarify this.
All of those information objects have been posted on Could 22, 2020. All of them occurred in Rogers County, three of them in the identical city (Inola). Do not forget that rural Oklahoma is the buckle of the Bible belt, precisely the place you’ll anticipate folks to behave in a non secular, even when not sanctimonious, style.
- First, the pastor of the Cowboy Gatherin’ Church in Inola was arrested for raping and molesting three underage women. That’s actually the title of the church. It meets both exterior, amidst cattle boundaries, or below the tin roof of an public sale barn.
- Second, there was a deadly stabbing at a rodeo.
- Third, a person sustained burns when he set hearth to his estranged spouse’s home.
- Fourth (that is the one one not in Inola; it was within the Oologah-Talala college district), a former particular training trainer was arrested for having intercourse with one of many women in his class.
These items all match our stereotype: fundamentalist faith, unlawful intercourse, cowboy tradition together with cowboy church buildings and rodeos, stabbings, lethal marital strife, and arson.
If I wrote these items—individually, or collectively—right into a novel, an editor would rightly accuse me of making stereotypes, and ask me to take away no less than two or three of them. However in Oklahoma we feed our stereotypes, and that’s the reason all 4 of these items appeared within the information on the identical day.
One inescapable conclusion is that the prevalence of the Christian faith doesn’t make folks behave any higher. Creationists like to say that believing in evolution will make us behave like apes. However does fundamentalism make us behave higher? Are evangelicals extra ethical? Keep in mind they imagine they’ve the Holy Spirit residing inside them to empower them to behave righteously.
Oh, and by the way in which, tornadoes have been coming by the identical day.