Cowden, 51, had taken his two teenagers to see the midnight premiere of Dark Knight Rises, the latest film in the Batman franchise. His children escaped without injury.
“Loving father, outdoorsman, and small business owner, Cowden was a true Texas gentleman that loved life and his family,” his family said in a statement. “A quick-witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle.”
During a prayer sermon for Cowden and all those affected by the tragedy, Pastor Robert Gelina had a request which he admitted was, “not going to be easy.” He asked his flock to pray for the alleged gunman, James Holmes, and his family.
“Only God is the righteous judge,” he said. “Only God knows how to blend justice and mercy and grace in perfect balance. [...] We lift this man up before God, and say, ‘God do what you need to do in this situation.’”
I must say it saddens me to see the level of self delusion religious people are embedded in. God the righteous judge? What is so righteous about what happened to Cowden whose children will grow up and live their lives without their father in it; a father who was killed in a senseless shooting spree by a deranged individual? And only god knows how to “blend justice and mercy and grace in perfect balance”? Exactly what is so just, merciful, perfect and gracious about what happened in Colorado? What is so great about a 27 year old dying on his birthday?
Yeah, trying to fit this pious member’s senseless killing into doctrine and the whole “god has a plan for all of us” and “Jesus loves you” crap should be interesting. But it’s ok, since religion is an invetion and fiction anyway, I am sure they will, true to tradition, come up with something real quick to “fit” that ficiton.