Archive | April 2015

Quick thoughts on Baltimore today

1) Where were the police? They certainly had enough warning, between the emotional funeral, and the social media calls for “a purge”. They should have been out in force, instead apparently they have abandoned the city, sad. The fact that they haven’t issued any statements offering any explanation for what happened to Freddy Grey while under their custody is inexcusable. The leadership in the Baltimore PD has a lot of questions to answer  when this is done.

2) Whose in charge? Between the Mayor and Governor, Democrats and Republican respectively, neither seems to have taken this situation seriously and they are risking a complete breakdown of a major city in their care. The Governor has issued a statement saying he is not going to declare a State of Emergency, Really? And the mayors comments excusing the rioting was an abandonment of her oath of office. Remember the ultimate victims of the rioting aren’t the Police or people injured, it’s the communities damaged and perhaps scarred for years. They have both been negligent to a point bordering on criminal. And in the case of the Mayor, Where she said we are providing a “safe space to destroy”. I wonder if that applies to her neighborhood?

3) Rioting never works.  Don’t get me wrong, I get it. The problem with these kinds of events is the real victims are rarely the perpetrators of the injustice being addressed or the exploiters. The real victims are the communities where the riots occur. But for the record, the feeling of helplessness when Law Enforcement perpetrates criminal acts against a community makes rioting understandable. Sadly, the results never make it justified, Protest yes, Violence and rioting no.

4) Fascist gun control always fails the working class first. These riots aren’t happening in the Homeland or the Orchards where the average house is about half a mil. They are happening in working class neighborhoods. And the same fascist elites who insist on magazine limits, and limiting the rights of citizens to protect themselves and carry firearms have cops or private security guarding their hoods. If you have a riot in your neighborhood a 10 round magazine will probably not be enough to protect your house or family, and an AR15 with a 30 round magazine is a mighty fine deterrent. The reality is this, the very people who preach that only the Police can be trusted with guns are the ones whose neighborhoods aren’t being abandoned by the police today.

Butchers, Bakers, and Candlestick makers

“And if any someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles” MT 5:40-41

There has been a lot of talk lately about “discrimination” against Christians and forcing them to bake a cake, Cater or prepare a floral arrangement for a gay wedding.  As a Christian I am often led back to the axiom, WWJD? I suspect if he was asked to bake a cake for gay wedding he’d bake two. If he was asked to cater, the Water would be turned into really good wine (better yet GREAT Scotch), and if he was asked to do the floral arrangements the flowers would look better than the Royal Gardens at Buckingham palace.

Since when is the call to love our enemies exclusive of gay people? And worse yet, when did gay people become our enemies? I just don’t see how refusing to bake a cake or take pictures at a Wedding fits in with “they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

OTOH, As an American who understands that to most Christians, Jews, and Moslems, a Wedding ceremony is a religious sacrament or service I don’t understand how you can force anyone who disagrees with a religious practice to attend or participate in it? For that matter should an atheist photographer be forced to attend a Christian wedding where they will be preached too, have to sit thru a communion service? I just can’t reconcile this idea with the First Amendment. No country with Freedom of Religion should force anyone to attend a religious function, simple stuff really.

This goes back to Chomsky’s statement about Freedom of Speech. “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for those we despise, we don’t believe in it at all” I tend to be an absolutist on Constitutional-natural rights. In short, if your gay customer ask you to bake a cake for their wedding and you are a follower of Christ bake them two. But I’ll defend your right to refuse to bake them any, because that’s what freedom is all about. It isn’t always pretty, but I suspect in the long run it works best. Plus, why would any gay person want a Muslim Baker baking a cake for the Wedding that says “Death to the Infidels” on the inscription anyway 🙂