This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Irreparable Harm" of Seeing a Cross

Federal laws require companies to make reasonable accommodations for people with mental disorders. I thought about this when I read that the ACLU filed a suit on behalf of citizen Joseph Tomkins because a cross on the top of the city Christmas tree has caused him "irreparable harm." He asserts he" was forced to come into direct and unwelcome contact with the cross when he drives through town." Fearing the cost of the lawsuit, the town took the cross down.

What set me to thinking was "irreparable harm." What is it about seeing a cross that caused Mr.
Tomkins to demand an entire city accommodate his emotional reaction? Following is a list of possible explanations:

He asserts that seeing a violation of church and state causes him "irreparable harm." Perhaps he was born under the astrological sign of Capricorn. Capricorns can tend to be control freaks and if they can’t control others’ behavior it gives them the feeling of "irreparable harm.".

He could have a phobia. I once treated a woman who had to walk way out of her way to avoid seeing a cat. Just seeing a cat created "irreparable harm."

Or, it could be a psychosis. I was once talking to a person with a psychosis when he suddenly saw a logo on a trash can. He proceeded to panic as he explained to me the sinister warning in the sign–"irreparable harm."

Then Mr. Tomkins could have the anti-Christ spirit. This spirit creates the feeling of "irreparable harm" when triggered by any Christian symbol. Mr. Thompson might want to self-diagnosis himself on that one. This spirit does not react to the crescent moon of Islam nor the star of David of Judaism.

1 comment:

Blogger said...

The founders signed the Consttution and dated it :IN THE DAY OF OUR LORD. Do you suppose seeing something dated from the first Christmas in our Constitution will cause irreparable harm?