Soon: Chapter 6: The Raid: Responses
Wow. There have been so many great comments on the evil atheist raid that I feel that I really need to address the raid a bit more before moving on. A few main points seemed to stand out to people:
1. Are the Christians Armed?
I think Kish has it right–there is no way we are meant to assume the Christians were armed. Though the writing kinda makes it sound like they should be, they are definitely meant to be the innocent sacrificial lambs.
Which of course makes detroitmechworks’ comment all the more pertinent: Why are the atheists shooting? Coker’s comment about “having some fun” seemed to imply that he wasn’t averse to shooting him some Christians, and might even look for an opportunity, but not that he intended it to be a slaughter of everyone, no matter what. But since it was a slaughter against unarmed and unarmored civilians, a simple extermination of Christians, that raises Evil Paul’s question…
2. Why Is Paul Even There?
Paul may be anti-Christian, he may even be murderously angry about his father and the Dork Too Stupid, but he does actually intend to take down the entire, worldwide Christian threat, which you would think could be easier done be gaining intelligence, not torching old ladies. Hell, why go to the expense of flying him out to California and wining and dining him at Smyrna’s Sole Emporium? As we saw before the raid, Coker was perfectly aware of what was and wasn’t contraband, so Paul’s (alleged) expertise was basically worthless.
And speaking of torching people…
3. What’s with the laser guns?
I don’t know, but I do know that I didn’t mention another piece of fancy equipment the SWAT guys and gals had:
Paul sprinted through the darkness, gun drawn. As he neared the porch, flamethrowers belched. The old woman came whirling out the front door, trailing a billowing sail of fire.
But flamethrowers raise even more questions than they answer:
a. Where are they carrying all this damn equipment? It really is like a bad video game, just like Andrew Glasgow said.
b. Even if they can carry them, why would they? They have frickin’ laser beams, are flamethrowers really SWAT standard issue or necessary for this raid?
c. How did Paul’s gun put out a fire?
The hideous, crackling, pinwheeling form and the smell of charring flesh stopped Paul. He dropped her into a hissing, smoking heap with a single shot.
Because unless Paul dropped her into a pond, I don’t get that.
Ah, the mind-blowing questions brought to us straight from Atheistopia!