Thou Shalt Not Kill
– The Bible
Douglas Yim killed 25-year-old Dzuy Duhn Phan after a night of partying and playing video games. Another friend, Paul Park, testified the two men had engaged in a heated discussion about God that ended when Phan crossed a line which resulted in Yim crossing even more lines.
The focus of the argument? Yim became enraged and grabbed his gun after Phan asked Yim where God was when Yim’s father died of a stroke several years earlier.
Yim shot Phan at least six times… faces 126 years to life in prison.
And this is his second attack on a friend. He had shot a friend a few years earlier and was charged with assault with a firearm.
Can we say religion caused this?
Well no. Here’s why.
- Douglas Yim has anger issues. Big ones. There is a history of responding to insults with absolute violence that indicates a deeper problem that is untreated.
- This is compounded by the ownership of a gun. You may say that Knives Kill People Too, to which my response is “This is why our armies march to war with only knives rather than guns”. A gun is a much more effective killing machine than a knife. You are more likely to kill someone and it is easier to kill someone with a gun.
- The religious aspect just makes him a hypocrite.
Religion doesn’t make you good. It didn’t temper his anger. If it wasn’t religion it could have been him losing in a video game or someone accidentally stepping on his toes that sets off his rage. He didn’t do this for his religion. He did this because he had an anger issue and religion was just a handy trigger.
No, what religion makes him is a hypocrite. Turn the other cheek was lost on him.