“If you cared about saving lives, you would agree with my policies on gun control.”
This sentiment (often used by Leftists) is bullying, a Scotsman fallacy, and doesn’t take into account that added gun control measures simply do work! If you suggest additional gun control laws, you are ignoring reality. If laws are not working, why do you suggest more?
I understand the desperation, frustration, fear and pain. How about we start by obeying the laws we already have? The VA Tech shooter was ordered by court to have mental health checkups, but they failed to follow up. That’s on them. But the NRA is not responsible. Gun culture is not responsible (the recent man from Virginia who shot a journalist and her cameraman was in no way influenced by it; he bought his first gun just this past June). How about we redirect our anger at other people and focus it on the murderer. I realize that won’t solve anything, but if you find yourself pissed off at those who own guns or are otherwise an advocate, you’re blame shifting. And how about we talk about, dare I say it, the irrefutable racial motivations of this monster. Why is no one left of center bringing that up?
Too often, the focus is on the weapon
and not of the evil in the heart.
There’s more to say on this.
Maybe I will another day.
PS: This past Labor Day weekend, I shot a machine gun for the first time!
(For anyone who thinks this is insensitive in light of recent shootings, please understand that I was under the watch of a U.S. National Guardsman and was in a very controlled setting in a professional shooting range working on target practice, operating a type of firearm that has never been used in a mass shooting)
Have seen this floating around Facebook, and I just HAD to comment on it….
The implied message of the meme above is that the reason Dylann Storm was treated far better (understatement) than Eric Garner is because he is white and the police are a bunch of racists. This is, to put it simply, absolute bull.
Garner was resisting arrest. Roof was not. Yes, Dylann’s crime was heinously evil, and yes Eric’s offense should not have been a crime at all (selling untaxed cigarettes? really?). But to automatically jump to racism as the reason why they were treated differently is fallacious (and that’s putting it kindly). Also, a black officer ( Kizzy Adoni) SUPERVISED Garner’s arrest. Was she racist as well?
when there isn’t evidence of racism
(Isolate the variable, you idiot)
The $2.5 million fine imposed on disgraced racist Donald Sterling is very troubling. The fact that the dollar amount is a drop in the bucket for a filthy rich coward is of no relevance.
And don’t you DARE accuse me of defending or condoning this man.
Freedom of speech, anyone??
“I disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Even abhorrent racists
have a right to freedom of speech.
It’s NOT HOT, you fool!
This is one of my stronger posts. I’ve already used two disturbing images, and now I’m about to use some fairly strong language as well: It pisses me off that Ms. Spears’s song “I’m a Slave 4 U” did so well. Not only is it obscene, but it twists the sick practice of human slavery (one of the ugliest scars on the face of mankind), and seeks to portray it as sexy and attractive. “Appalling” is an appropriate word for this situation.
“It’s just a song!” some may say. Whoever says that is ignorant and foolish. Violence is not okay. It should not be part of our world, and it certainly should not be part of sex. The song is trash. The video is trash. The whole yellow snake dance was trash. The entire concept is TRASH!
Don’t glamorize or sexualize slavery.
and I completely validate many of the common concerns that go along with it! Unfortunately, history has shown that many evil and abusive deeds have been done by those professing to act in the name of God. Imperialism/forced conversion, mistreatment of women, acts of terrorism (of a range of means and magnitude), twisting of doctrine for one’s own purposes (the Book of Mormon refers to this as priestcraft), that kind of thing. So I don’t think people who “swear off religion” are necessarily bad people AT ALL (unless they are unkind and blatantly mock others’ beliefs).
But we are all looking for truth.
More to come.
PS. I use such images with intensely great care and NEVER intend to be flippant about abuse of any kind. Just wanted to express that yet again because I simply cannot emphasize it enough. Also, I know that there are many good people in the Catholic Church.
will ignite the wrath of Kath.
I’m not trying to be cute or funny or anything.
I’m not one to get offended easily.
Racism is COMPLETELY unacceptable.
Read more for a detailed explanation of this.
[W]atch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds,
and observe the commandments of God…
Nor does slavery* of any kind need be permanent.
“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,
we can proclaim our emancipation from the slavery of trials and sin,
and thus (re)gain the freedom that is rightfully ours.”
Read more here about how I became emancipated from a kind of slavery
through an expression found in a John Mayer song.
1. What things have you enslaved (figuratively or literally)?
2. What ideas, resources, people, awesome blog(s) can be a Christ-figure and help emancipate you (figuratively or literally)?
*Slavery of any and all connotations (but particularly institutionalized racial slavery) is something that makes my heart heavy with pain. Please know that I never intend to be flippant or insensitive concerning these issues (read more here about how racism is absolutely 100% NOT compatible with true Christianity).
Also, I in no way mean to compare myself to Abraham Lincoln or to the Savior. And still I am expecting a thunderbolt of blasphemy…
but as a writer, sometimes it can be tricky because of unintended racial implications, know what I mean? Just gotta be wise, like Jacob said, I think…
(I dare you to listen to this song and try to resist tapping your toes.)
And while we are on the subject of race,
allow me to reiterate the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley:
“Racism still lifts its ugly head, and that is unacceptable. I remind you that no [wo]man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ.”
[H]e inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness;
…he denieth none that come unto him,
black and white, bond and free, male and female, Jew and Gentile…
~2nd Nephi 26:33
ALL ARE ALIKE UNTO GOD.
(this is an excellent resource about racial equality within the Lord’s Kingdom).
And ya’ll just to close this post, let me say that I know that unfortunately there still is some racism lurking within our society (duh!), and sadly even within some of the members of the LDS Church (or any others who identify as followers of Christ, or perhaps even simply the human community). But I also know that with the Savior’s help we can do better. So I encourage you all to consider what parts of your actions, speech, and thoughts (Mosiah 4:30) you can improve to make sure you are living more fully in harmony with these sacred gospel principles. Sound good? Peeeeerfect 🙂
We at war with terrorism,
We at war with racism,
but most of all, we at war with ourselves.
A thousand little wars I have to choose between
Some of the greatest battles will be fought within
the CHAMBERS OF YOUR OWN SOUL.
I’m in the war of my life.
No one should be unkind to you, but if ever anyone is,
remember that it’s probably not about you….
It’s their own shizzle.
And although funny in theory, I would NOT recommend making those kind of people a special pie. Line of propriety.
But do stand up for yourself, know what I mean?
We hate ourselves sometimes in the voice of other people….
but I disregard all of it and assume that I am loved the world ’round.
PS. Check out where I got my title here. Hint, he has his own planet called Guitar Kolob.
Thunderbolt of blasphemy yet again…
Also, BRILLIANT BOOKENDING (of JM’s quote) is what I did here…
blog to self-connection:
READERS! How do YOU react when people are unkind to you?
Also, if you are yourself unkind to people in any way at all, take a tip from my friend President Uchtdorf…