Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quickies: Those Maddening Christians!

     The Democrats are pissed. The mass murder in Charleston isn’t inspiring the necessary outrage required for new gun-control legislation. Where’s the crisis they were hoping for? You can practically hear them whining “What’s wrong with those people?”

     You can count on Muslims. Execute a Muslim terrorist and Muslims go on a worldwide rampage. Hell, publish a few cartoons of Muhammad and they’ll give you all the rioting and carnage you could want. But Christians? Expect Christians to get uppity over an atrocity perpetrated against them? Please!

     Democrats spent the weekend trying to get the focus back on Obama and their agenda, where they think it belongs. Congresswoman Donna Edwards on Fox News Sunday lamented that it would be a shame if all that came out of the Congress after this event was “a moment of silence,” while on Howard Kurtz’s Media Buzz, Joe Trippi lamented at the unlikelihood of any legislation coming from this.

     And while the Sunday hosts were uncomfortable directly addressing concepts of Christianity (even as they broadcast the church service at Emanuel), they too tried to turn the topic to politics with the family members who were their big “gets” for the day as interview subjects.

     But it was to no avail. “Today is not about politics,” came the firm answer in one form or another from all of them. And while the families of the murdered Charleston Christians meant it for the glory of God, it was unintentionally directly opposed to the agenda of Barack Obama.

     That’s from the congregation of a black church, Gentle Reader. A church where a white racist gunned down nine innocent people who had come there to pray. When I wrote in 2007:

     If there's a central irony here, it would be this: despite everything, the great majority of American blacks are devout Christians who strive with all their might and main to live according to their faith. If you're a white Christian, used to the tenor of the religious services that white Christians normally attend, you'd be blown away by the fervor of a service at a Southern Baptist or Church of God in Christ meeting. There's no hypocrisy there: these folks are passionate Christians who really mean it, in all particulars.

     How much greater an injustice could we do than to group these good and gentle people with the thugs who exploit black class privileges to the hilt, cynically and ruthlessly, to the detriment of all of American society? But the thugs and grievance-mongers have their race's microphone; it's they from whom and about whom we hear. There's no redress for it except that the privileges themselves should be withdrawn, leaving blacks and whites equals before the law and the opinions of their fellow men. Yet that is the exact opposite of the stance of American left-liberals.

     ...these are the people I had in mind.

     Honor their generosity of spirit. You won’t find it in many other venues.


Anonymous said...

I wrote a letter to the members of this church after this horrible crime. In the back of my mind, I figured the gun grabbers would be back in action shortly, but that wasn't the reason for my letter. Every time we hear about some crime that is racially biased or otherwise identifiably against whites, which is the norm, the next thing we hear is silence. I wanted to make clear that this particular average white American was very much on the side of the victims in this case, rooting for the capture and punishment of the thug who committed this terrible act. I wasn't going for showy, it was just a heartfelt affirmation of sympathy, that crime needs to be punished, and just because I was white didn't mean that I supported this crime, not even backhandedly by remaining silent.

I proceeded to let my friends know, some of whom are even more weary of the black-on-white crime frenzy than am I, that THESE poor people are NOT who we have a problem with. We rarely hear from them, because they're too busy working and praying and living their lives to be in the headlines, but THESE are the people, black people, PEOPLE, who I would welcome into my community. It was unfortunate to hear that the murdered pastor was pro-gun-control, which unfortunately coincided with the defenselessness of his flock, but I'll go so far as to say I'm sure he had good intentions. Either way, I wish _I_ had been so lucky as to have been at their service that night. I might have missed the "no guns" sign, and these are the type of good people I would gladly go to bat for, long before the call for the heavily-armed, fully-automatic-weapon-toting police received the call for trouble.

Reg T said...

While I abhor the occurrence itself, the killing of those people, I was led to believe that the pastor had fought _against_ gun rights when she was a politician, and was responsible for demanding that the law-abiding members of her congregation not bring their firearms into her church. If she had been the only victim, it would simply have been poetic justice. Unfortunately, members of her congregation died because of her personal agenda.

I have carried concealed in many venues where it was not permitted, "perhaps" even illegal. I carried every day I was on campus during the years of my RN training in Oregon, where it was legal to do so with a concealed carry permit, but where the administration of the college would have forced me out of the program if they had known.

I did so, willing to suffer the consequences if discovered, because it was the right and responsible thing to do. I was prepared to respond if someone tried to pull off the kind of killings seen at Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, Columbine, Tucson, Arizona (Giffords incident), Aurora, etc.

Although the mainstream media refuse to report it, there have been at least two other church shootings in the past that were stopped by armed individuals present when some whack job entered to kill people. Too bad there wasn't someone in the church that day doing the same, even if it might have meant some jail time for violating the law, or the conditions attached to carrying concealed in that state.