Francis Pusok, beaten

April 10, 2015

The video depicting the beating of Francis Pusok is pretty straight forward: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html

Is he a person of color?  No.

Does the apprehension of this individual seem egregiously excessive?  For sure.

Can we calmly expect a full investigation, without widespread rioting?

Almost definitely.

Why?  Well, in part, because the ridiculous concept of “race” won’t be injected into the discussion.


Cowboys & Indianas

April 7, 2015

For years I have not accepted numerous invitations from the Gideons to participate in free events celebrating the work of pastors.  My lack of positive response has been based in my disagreement with the approach of the Gideons toward women and Catholics.  I have raised my thoughts and concerns with them in this regard, but the Gideons don’t need me to endorse their practices, nor should they rely on my views to adjust their program.

The Gideons do good work, as do other organizations that I still would not choose to fraternize with.  Thus, if I were asked to render an Invocation for certain occasions, I would respectfully decline.

Could I be wrong?  For sure.  Being wrong is a right I’ve cherished and nurtured my whole life, and, in a clerical role, being wrong in the above regard, is a right I believe is Constitutionally secured.

But what if I was a photographer, or cake baker, holding the same beliefs and convictions?  We all know there are people in the pews whose faith orientations are as strong as any ordained personnel.  What then?

Would I have the right to turn down a big pay-day, not in refusing a request for crucial goods and services, but as a photographer asked to capture an event with a camera?  If I was a committed pacifist, would I have to render on-location videography service for an Armed Forces banquet?  As a lay-person, would I have the right to say, “Hey, have the dinner, and have a ball, just do it without me.”

Perhaps such considerations seem ignorant and backward.  Alright.  Is it the government’s job to decide who’s moral principles are correct and whose aren’t, especially as it pertains, not to an act of restriction, or segregation, or prohibition, but to the personal choice of non-participation?

I think most solid Christians are quite willing to respect legislation that allows things they don’t personally endorse.  What becomes much more problematic are scenarios in which faithful people are asked to professionally and publically provide services for social events they fundamentally don’t want to be associated with.  Where do their rights begin and end?

Watching the discussion centered on Indiana, it’s been amusing to see various factions claiming what Jesus would do and say as they castigate those adjudged as ethically inferior.  One wonders how many of those who use Jesus actually pray to him.  Indeed, the moral tyranny and cyber-bullying openly expressed is shameful, and some would do well to remember that not all who wish to access the right of refusal are Christian.  Conscientious objection is often an Inter-Faith affair.

Respect for diversity cuts across many lines, and painting Jesus using only the colors we favor isn’t just spiritually arrogant, it’s sinful idolatry.

In this country, even stupid people have rights.  However, let us all take humble caution in determining who the ignorant and wise truly are.


What has happened?

March 23, 2015

The New York Times    Monday, March 23, 2015 2:40 PM EDT

Police Find No Evidence of Rape at University of Virginia Fraternity

The police here said Monday that they had found no evidence that a woman was gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house in 2012,

and they were suspending their investigation, after a lengthy inquiry in which the alleged victim refused to cooperate. But they said the inquiry was not closed…
Do rapes happen?  Yes.  Are they monstrously repugnant?  Always.
So, what has happened in the land of journalism where a huge story published in Rolling Stone turns out to be totally bogus?

Rape is such an inhuman crime that charging rape without cause is especially reprehensible.

Why?

Because it undermines legitimate claims made by victims who deserve full recourse through the law.

In point of apparent fact, UVA was raped…

Who pays for that injustice?  Who repairs the reputations and relationships of those accused?

How is it that the Fourth Estate has run so amuck?


Headline News!

March 4, 2015
From the New York Times…
Justice Department Clears Officer of Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson Shooting

The Justice Department has cleared a Ferguson, Mo., police officer of civil rights violations in the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager whose death set off racially charged and sometimes violent protests last year.

Really?  The Justice Department cleared the police officer just like the Grand Jury did?

What about those who fomented the rioting based on “race”?

Were they cleared as well?


Coptic Christianity

February 17, 2015

People don’t often think of Egypt as a Christian nation.

Yet, more than 600 years before Islam was, Christianity was, in Egypt.

The beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS is yet another depraved, demonic and deliberately perpetrated act of religious murder.

To say this is not directly related to Islamic terror is a notion that terminally strains credulity.

None of us should sink to animalistic hatred in reaction.  Thus we would be mimicking our enemies.

Even so, denial is a fundamental insult to the victims of this morally religious degeneracy, and therefore it undermines a humane and critically definitive response.

 


Brian Williams

February 7, 2015

It’s now pretty obvious that the anchor of NBC News likes to embellish.  He likes to be the story and the star, and it’s no accident he always positions himself so the camera will be biased toward the right side of his face.

He’s a celebrity.  Not a journalist, but a true star.  Stars worry about which side of their profile will be photographed.

After all, he was there!  He did it all, and he needs to be the focus well beyond the stories he misreported.

As it happens, I was in New Orleans, just after Katrina’s flood waters were pumped away, working for the government as a chaplain assisting in recovery operations.  Just prior to leaving, the power was out, but the French Quarter was starting to show signs of life.

Some very appreciative folks opened their homes to me, very thankful that no water had ever compromised their street level door-fronts and living rooms.

Yet we are told that Pinocchio saw a body floating past in the French Quarter.  Really?

Six people died in the SuperDome, and somehow, by some chance, Brian Williams is on tape acting as though he knew them prior to their placement in the Dome?  Like their loss was his personal point of grief?

What are the chances?

Thankfully, NBC no longer has the ratings it once did, and sources of information aren’t limited to 3 major networks.

Still, one wonders about the state of affairs when the news is so blatantly a platform for spouting private agenda and seeking personal fame.

 


Paris and the NYPD

January 9, 2015

Violence has sullied the landscape of two great cities.

On the one hand, we have the “City that never Sleeps”, and on the other, we have “The City of Lights”.

Networks ostensibly acting in the role of reportage are editorializing, and trying to frame these events according to the narrative that each finds convenient, or acceptable.

With police being killed and magazine staff being executed, I think most folks make their own assessments.

We don’t need news outlets to educate us.  We need them to simply inform us.

Give people the basic facts.

Let them use their own calculus and react accordingly.

 


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