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Dysfunctional Bob Malm and Jeff “Sugarland” Chiow have much to apologize for following the recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Specifically, by attempting to manipulate perceptions — within the parish, within the Alexandria police department, and via their outrageous, inflammatory court filings —- and falsely claiming that criticism of their actions is “domestic terrorism,” they disrespect all who have been effected by the horrific incident in Pittsburgh, as well as similar events elsewhere. 

In short, using the buzzwords “domestic terrorism” and insinuations of mental illness to try to shut down First Amendment-protected speech is disingenuous, disrespectful, and deceitful to victims of violence, to me and my family, and indeed to anyone who professes to adhere to the bapstimal covenant or Christian values. It is a despicable act of manipulation, and people can see right through it.

Will either Bob Malm or Jeff Chiow be man enough to actually belly up to the bar and retract their comments?  I mean, they even went so far as to make up a fictional church shooting in the fictional town of “Sugarland Texas.” Does it get any lower?

If the past indeed is prologue to the future, it is highly unlikely that either one will take responsibility for their actions.

And any faith, denomination or church in which clergy and the parish attorney have no accountability is a total crock, and you can quote me on that. And if I were a survivor of the shooting, or had lost someone in the shooting, I’d be shocked and appalled that Bob Malm and Jeff Chiow are playing games with serious issues such as these.