Now I’ve talked at length, especially on the podcast, about the modern move to make anything acceptable if you attach “religious rights” to it. This is an example of this kind of thinking turned deadly. In Hamilton, Montana, at the Rainbow Bar, 59-year old Monte Hanson ordered a “red beer”, a beer with tomato juice in it, and was served the drink by bartender Joe Lewis. However, later that night, Hanson went to the home of Lewis and shot him because apparently, Lewis had used Clamato instead of tomato juice and Hanson, who claimed to be a Jew, says he had a right to kill anyone who tried to make him violate his religious beliefs. Clamato is made of tomato juice and clam broth, something that Hanson considered non-kosher and a religious no-no.
Lewis would have been killed had the first shot not hit Lewis’ pit bull, which he was carrying, first. The bullet killed the dog and Hanson fired a second round into Lewis’ chest, but it went through missing any vital organs. Hanson was arrested and charged with a felony charge of attempted deliberate homicide and a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. He was imprisoned with bail set at $250,000.
Now seriously, I think the worse crime here would be attempted murder. Mistakenly drinking a non-kosher drink can’t be that big of a deal, especially when compared to trying to murder someone in cold blood, but apparently, the religious just don’t think that way. Oh no, you offended my religion, prepare to die!
I wish I could say that this is an isolated incident but we all know it isn’t. People are going crazy over their religious beliefs, thinking that just because they believe something, it gives them carte blanche to do anything they want and, at least for some, to suffer no negative consequences. Best of luck to Joe Lewis, I hope he makes a full recovery and adopts a new dog. He can’t replace what he’s lost, but maybe he can make another canine life better. And for Hanson, hope he gets what’s coming to him in prison. And to quote Martin Luther, if he doesn’t like it, he can whine to his God. Thus ends Horror Show Monday.