|Image via Joe My God - Dear and those he murdered|
Many on the right and among Christofascists circles have fervently been hoping that Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear not be proved to be a right wing Christian. While much still remains unknown about the man, by all accounts he is a train wreck and a crazy one at that. His second wife (he was married 3 times) had this account of Dear in divorce papers according to the Post and Courier:
His second wife, Mescher, described Dear in divorce papers filed in 1993 as a controlling, abusive, womanizing man who liked to gamble but was tight with his cash when it came to supporting his family. She stated that he threw her around the room by her hair during one argument and beat her head on the floor. She also said in a sworn affidavit that Dear “erupts into fury in a matter of seconds,” and she “lived in fear and dread of his emotional and physical abuse.”“He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but does not follow the Bible in his actions,” Mescher stated in the affidavit. “He says that as long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end.”
It will be interesting to see if this story line holds up. If it does, Dear's behavior and mindset will mirror that of many of the "godly folk" who view "being saved" as providing them a free pass and giving them license to do all kinds of things inconsistent with the Ten Commandments - constant and vicious lying being one of them. Obviously, I hope the story line holds up because it underscores a reality too many refuse to want to believe: religion, especially fundamentalist religion, is an evil and not a positive force in the world.