Saturday, December 23, 2006

Another burning man political protest

I'm wondering if we have a disturbing trend on our hands. Last month I blogged about the fiery suicide of Chicagoan Malachi Ritscher, an anti war activist.

In a story largely ignored by even the local media, Ritscher set fire on himself to draw attention to the anti-war cause. Ritscher's suicide has been a hot topic on the blogs, however.

Yesterday, a central California man set himself on fire--he survived after a police officer put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

His reason? To protest the renaming of winter and spring vacation to Christmas and Easter breaks.

Just as with the Chicago incident, mental illness of the self-immolater has to figure in as a contributing cause for the California man's suicide attempt.

Related post: Glenn & Helen Show podcast: Suicide is painful

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