The Reason Natalee Holloway Died

200px-Natalee_Holloway_yearbook_photo The preacher was nearing his crescendo in his message to the teens and their adult parents.

“And do you want to know why Natalee Holloway is dead?”

Even though I thought about yelling out the answer like we were playing a trivia game I rightly surmised that this was a rhetorical question.

“She died in Aruba because she was drunk. She has herself to blame.”

Now I was speechless.

“And her mother too. Her mom allowed her to go to a country where the drinking age is lower than the US. She knew that her daughter was going there to drink. And now her daughter is dead.”

Now I was angry.

Though I can appreciate that this preacher has seen the damage that can result from alcoholism and drunkenness he is using bad judgment when he combines the gospel with his fear based message to try and keep kids from drinking.

Natalee Holloway is dead because she was murdered. It doesn’t matter how drunk she was, what her motivation in going to Aruba was, or even who she chose to hang out with. She and her family were the victims of a violent crime by a murderer. And any person that tries to shift the blame on the Holloways is calloused, and any message that does so is ignorant hype.