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November 20, 2017
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The obituary page is filled with famous names today. At least one probably won’t make you feel too sad: notorious cult leader Charles Manson has died at 83, after many years of burdening California taxpayers with the cost of keeping him alive in prison and occasionally holding “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding” parole hearings. I won’t recount what he’s infamous for, since pop culture has given us so many versions of his role as Svengali to a ring of murderous, drugged-out hippies. Click the link if you need a reminder.

The only halfway positive thing I can think of to say about Manson is that he was a great cautionary tale of just how badly things can go when people give up their critical thinking skills to mindlessly follow a “charismatic” leader. “Charisma” is highly overrated, whether it’s the driver of small cults or vast political movements.

Other commentators are already drawing parallels between the way some societal misfits glamorized Manson in the ‘60s and ‘70s and how Rolling Stone recently put that “teen idol” photo of the Boston Marathon bomber on its cover. Neither is deserving of any positive recognition. They both represent the lowest form of life – unrepentant murderers of innocent people. Let their victims be remembered, celebrated and eulogized. Let them be buried along with the evil they represented.

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  • Clara Herrin

    11/26/2017 04:58 PM

    In regards to the comment that Charles Manson is where he belongs and will never know the love of Christ. It's my understanding that at some time in the future, when Christ returns, He will afford all those who reside somewhere other than in Heaven a second chance to come to their senses. Only the ones who deny Him on this second go-around will populate that dark and unspeakable place for all eternity. Not even our prayers will suffice for them then. Let me know if I'm right...it's important to me. Thanks so much for your insightful comments. I love them.

  • Sharon Rojas

    11/22/2017 08:35 AM

    I sometimes wonder what Sharon Tate's son would have grown up to be? The fact that they had no mercy on him or his mother rankles. Breaks my heart.

  • Joyce Pittsford

    11/20/2017 11:14 PM

    Della Reese also passed on Sunday.

  • Susan K. Meyer

    11/20/2017 08:32 PM

    years ago I watched a video of Manson being interviewed.....if ever a person was demon possessed, it was that man. You could see evil gleaming out from his eyes and his words made no sense at all. Scariest looking individual I ever saw. He is where he belongs, and he was so demented, he's probably enjoying himself there.

  • Kathy Martin

    11/20/2017 07:47 PM

    It is extremely difficult to comprehend that God Almighty loved Charles Manson and would have forgiven him and set him free from the demonic control that destroyed his life if Manson had only repented and followed Jesus Messiah.

  • Kathy Preston

    11/20/2017 07:44 PM

    Yes, it's true that Manson did horrible, evil things. While I am not sad about his passing, I am sorry that he never knew God. He never knew the love, joy or peace that only comes from knowing God. Unless he received Jesus while on his deathbed, he will never know God's mercy, grace or forgiveness. Many people, even Christians don't realize that God sees all sin the same, no one's sin is worse than another. God loved him as much he loves us.

  • Patsy L Weaver

    11/20/2017 05:39 PM

    A really big AMEN to your words concerning this disgusting excuse for a human being!

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    11/20/2017 05:22 PM

    I hope the devil has made a home for him

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    11/20/2017 05:00 PM

    Thank you for noticing a great darkness left the world yesterday. As a teen of the 60's and a Female US Marine at 18, I vividly remember what that "person" did. He is now facing his Maker; and the people of California don't have tp pay for his 'housing' any more. I felt a lightness on my shoulders when I heard the news. He can't hurt or pollute the planet anymore.