I was wandering around an unknown city today, and I came across a church. It was not particularly picturesque, but I like churches, and this one, at least, did not seem to have been ruined.
All the doors were locked. All I could see were a slightly run-down stucco exterior and a churchyard populated by Civil War dead.
And I know why the doors are locked. It's because, if they were not locked, anything and everything valuable in the church would be stolen. Possibly pews would be broken. Certainly it would be dirty, and quite likely there would be graffiti.
What the hell kind of world do we live in where people steal from and vandalize churches? I suppose, to someone over-burdened with rationalism, it is no worse to steal from a church than from anyone else. But that's not really true. We have now, in our immoral and amoral society, made it impossible for anyone to seek refuge because someone might not have the common decency not to steal from a house of worship.
I inaugurate a new tag.