Browsing the news yesterday, I was fooled by a common name into clicking on an account of a couple-year-old murder. Then I saw something that made me keep reading.
“Whenever Chris Coleman reported the first death threat that he got from his e-mail account at w– at his work at Joyce Meyer Ministries, he came to us at the police department,” said Barlow.
The email read:
Tell Joyce to stop preaching the bull—- if I can’t get to Joyce, then I will get to someone close to her
“Huh,” I thought, “nasty televangelist hurt someone who believed in her. Ooh, boy. I wish people would learn from that.” Then I read on.
It was in January 2009, that a hand-delivered threat showed up in the mailbox at the Coleman family home. It read:
“F— You! Deny your God publically or else. No more oppurtunities [sic]. Time is running out for you and your family!”
“Deny your God”?!? Who says that?
Oh, wait. Atheist villains in the the Christian equivalents of dime store novels say that. Actual atheists don’t, because the whole construction implies that this god exists, but that hasn’t stopped bad dialog writers from using it.
That makes the threat something that should have raised the suspicion of any cop, any prosecutor, any jury who heard about it. It’s simplistic martyrdom fantasy. It’s pure persecution projection. It’s Old Testament and New. It’s the sort of nonsense that should have you looking very hard at the nearest Christian steeped in evangelical culture. In this case, that would be the husband with the televangelist boss.
The husband who was having an affair.
As investigators kept building their case, something was troubling them about that trail of threatening letters and emails.
“It read: “If I can’t get to Joyce then I will get to someone close to her,” said Det. Justin Barlow.
“We didn’t find anybody else who had received messages that were threatening to their family,” said Chief Joe Edwards.
The prosecution’s computer experts discovered there was good reason for that.
“Those threats were typed on his laptop,” Parkinson told Maher.
“The email threats that came to him originated from…”
“…his own laptop,” said Parkinson.
Coleman was sentenced to life in prison a year ago, based on a large amount of circumstantial evidence that it was he–and not some anonymous atheist–who killed his wife and his children. There was enough evidence that he would have been caught anyway, but it would have happened even sooner if anyone involved knew what atheists sound like when they’re not being called up out of central casting to play a villain.
Who knows? It might have even happened before the murders.