I’m agnostic most of the time, and atheist a couple of times a month, but I retain some old Catholic School training.
If a nun should attack me now, I would block her, but not counter-punch. I think that’s more than fair. I’ll protect myself, but assaulting religious people seems wrong and I have hope I could reason with them.
It’s an old-fashioned approach to life. Maybe the new way is to whack a priest with a tire iron if you don’t like the way he looks. At least, that’s the impression I get from reading the statements of a marine-reservist’s lawyer. The marine badly beat up a Greek Orthodox priest who asked him for directions.
The offensive– in more than one sense of the word-legal defense strategy seems in some ways even worse than the physical violence. The accused marine might not have been in his right mind. He seems to have some emotional, and possibly drug problems. Maybe no one ever taught him how to block, so when the priest tapped him on the shoulder he went on the attack.
I don’t know about the lawyer. Because he’s doing the verbal equivalent of a tire-iron job. He says the priest sexually assaulted the marine while screaming slogans and acting like a terrorist. I think when a sobered-up ex-marine sits in the courtroom he will have second thoughts about who he chose to represent him.
This incident started in a parking garage. Maybe they had cameras. That would be interesting.