It was exactly six months ago today that a man stormed into a tiny Amish school and shot ten girls, killing five of them. Their new school is called The New Hope School, and this time, the entrance is a steel door that locks from the inside, and the building is much closer to neighbors with telephones.
This school replaces the old West Nickel Mines Amish School, which was torn down shortly after the tragic rampage.
State troopers were on hand to supervise their first day back at school. Nothing can seem the same, but there is New Hope.
On the opposite spectrum of the news, there's been much ado over that My Sweet Lord chocolate Jesus exhibit which was in Manhattan--as we've all read or heard, it was has been removed because of an outpouring of angry calls and emails, and there have even been death threats. Artist Cosimo Cavallaro is known for doing quirky things with food, but he's got some Catholics on the warpath, this time.
Personally, I thought the whole thing was a pro-Christian statement about how the most holy Christian holiday has become all about the CHOCOLATE bunnies. Not all of us think about chocolate all the time, but let's face it: chocolate's a big deal at Easter! It's hard to imagine a chocolate-free Easter basket.
So, if this Jesus sculpture had the traditional loincloth, would people still be angry? There have been lots of crude jokes about eating...chocolate, in regards to this sculpture, but there is absolutely no evidence that the artist has given anyone permission to do that!
Good grief. I bet the Amish don't make Easter a cavity-prone religious holiday.