Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our Sudden French Patriotism

Ok, people.  Stop trying to make our sudden French Patriotism about racism.   There are viable reasons why this terrorist attack in Paris has stirred so many hearts in the US, and it isn't about race or class or favoritism in skin color.

War is horrific.  Terrorism is horrific.  Killing is horrific.  But there's are reasons we are so stirred by these horrific events in Paris, more so than many other horrific atrocities.

1.  Progeny.  Yes, the USA is very multicultural.  We have immigrants from all over the world here.   Probably every country.  I think people of European origin here are probably in the minority now compared with ppl of non-European ancestry.  But our country itself has only 3 parents:  Great Britain, France and Spain.  Yes, we fought them all to gain our independence, but we still have a filial loyalty toward them.   They are much more "important" to us than the rest of the world.  We feel more connected to them and ARE more connected culturally, in art, language, food and drink. 

Yes, we have many other cultures and  traditions here now.   They are all wonderful.  But that doesn't change who our nation's parents are!

2.  War and Peace.  Second reason: there are civil wars and border wars going on in Syria, Lebanon (Beirut), Iraq, Egypt, Kenya, and many other countries.  The list goes on and on.  Yes, these wars, and the terrorist activities of various groups in them are horriffic.  But nobody is surprised when bombs go off there killing innocents.  It seems like an every-day occurrence to those of us who live in non-war-torn countries.  It isn't that we don't care.  We simply can't keep track of all the bombings.  I'll wager it would take a week of the news staff at any major news network to tally all the suicide bombings in one of these war-torn places and give us a count of the bombings and a total body count.  It is simply normal human nature (and not a grand racist conspiracy) for most people to tune it out when there's another such bombing.  You'd go insane if you thought about all of them.  And maybe that's indeed one of the reasons so many ppl are going insane?

When something like this happens in a peaceful country, especially one so beloved for their art and culture, it sends out much bigger shock waves.  And many more people are inclined to speak out and show their support.

3.  It could have been here.  Because of our ties with France when we hear if horrific events like this,  here in the USA everyone recognizes: "It could have been here again."  Of course people are going to make a stand and show their support.  It is only natural.  This is their 9-11, and we will show our support and sympathy.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


In all my years as a Christian I have never been "a hater."  This is because I believe God is love. It is not possible to know God without having love, without experiencing love, without believing that love is the most important thing in life.

Most Christians know the Bible says this. They believe it to some degree or another, although some believe  erroneously that if you love people you have to change them and make them "correct."  And then they define what "correct" is by mining the more dubious areas of the Bible for substantiation of their own made-up views.  I have never believed in that kind of Christianity and it has always disgusted me. And yet until recent years I have never come out openly in support of LGBT.

What has changed?

The older I've grown in life, I have matured by widening my circle of friends and increasing the influence of many different kinds of people on my personal life, rather than becoming more closed minded like many people think they must do for maturity.  It is because I want to know truth, and truth is how people are, how they think and feel and believe.

One of the most important things that soon became evident to me was that many people do feel hated by Christians. It does not matter what Christians say they believe. What matters is how they act. This is why so many people in the LGBT community feel that many or most Christians are "haters."  They perceive in the way that they are treated and not accepted that the Christians insist on trying to change them to make them what the Christians inappropriately label "correct."

As soon as I realize this I decided that I couldn't live with myself unless I made a radical change in my acceptance of others.  This is why, today, this weekend, and from here on out I will PRIDE.  I will do everything I can to show my support, love, friendship, camaraderie, essential and relevant common humanity with all people: especially those marginalized by others whether it is because of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other thing. It is inappropriate and unscriptural and ungodly for Christians to think they have the right to be so arrogant as to superimpose their morals and ideals on others.

So I stand with them, and if you for whatever reason persecute them,  you persecute me too.