Retired Methodist Pastor Kills Himself In Protest Of Homophobia, Racism
Rev. Charles Moore has enacted his final protest after a life battling discrimination in many forms, including homophobia. The retired United Methodist paster committed suicide in a horrific manner late last month while shouting about the country's war on minorities.
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According to accounts, Moore screamed and tried to stand as he was engulfed in flames, while witnesses tried to put out the fire with shirts, bottles of water and a fire extinguisher. Moore was airlifted unconscious to aDallas hospital, but died from his burn injuries.
Moore chose Grand Saline for the negative memories it held of racism and prejudice, and for a lynching that he witnessed as a boy.
He had intended his act to be a grand but selfless gesture in the manner of Buddhist monks who have done the same before him.
A number of suicide notes penned by Moore have been found, including one that derides his church for prohibiting marriage equality. Another reads:
“I have always felt that death for a cause was my destiny, but never so much as during the past several years—when it has admittedly been a preoccupation,” wrote Moore, in one of the notes he left behind.
“I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others, but I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service.”