“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…