First, I like it that the Pope questions God like some of us do:
On the subject of children’s suffering, Francis says: “When I come across a suffering child, the only prayer that comes to mind is the “why” prayer. Why Lord?”
In response to the criticism he received after the publication of the “Evangelii Gaudium” from ultraconservatives in the US who accused him of being a “Marxist”, the Pope remarks: “Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” But, he points out, “there is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”
This is why, when I posted a few months ago about how eschatology of the conservative kind leads to these beliefs, I was able to call it bad theology. This is the perfect example of this. It is a false dichotomy.
Try this. If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma? I don’t know, I’m just asking. If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge? Anyway, that’s what we’re — and these people that think like Brokaw are all over the media. This is the way they’re looking at this. (here)
In talking with a friend a while ago, I was thinking about these other times minorities with guns would have made a difference.
For instance, imagine what would have happened if the Japanese-American citizens interned during World War II had guns, armed with infantry weapons used by the military? Imagine the outcry if those same Japanese-American citizens had used those weapons to wage war against our Government, I mean, their government during a time of war. Imagine the outcry from white Americans and the push for gun control, in the name of preserving the peace.
Let us, for a moment, imagine if Southern blacks had Korean War-era weapons during the worst moments of lynching sprees. This feeds into the Civil Rights-era. Imagine, for just a moment if minorities in the South had, instead of marching, picked up weapons and fought back against governments who were denying them their American civil liberties and against white power structures who regularly turned a blind eye to lynchings and other abuses. How quickly do you think we would have went back as a country? How quickly would we have crawled in bed with paranoid Nixon or Joseph McCarthy? How quickly do you think the fear of Nat Turner would have returned to blanket the South with a murderous frenzy?
We have this fanciful notion that violence solves all things. We see this in our atonement theology, our civil liberties, and our foreign policy Yet, by examples we know that violence only begets more violence. The Gospels paint a picture of Jesus who laid down swords to pick up the Cross. We have Ignatius who instead of fighting the martyrdom, embraced it. Others, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King — people who have overcome great violence and changed the world through minimal bloodshed, albeit more often than not their own. And yet, the first thing we can think of to change the world around us is to pick up a gun, or rather, to urger others to pick up guns. The answers to history’s sins were never weapons of violence, but the most violent weapon of all, self-sacrifice.
Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey revealed that the Tea Party group paid Glenn Beck about $1 million to say “nice things” about the group on his radio show, and that it got a negative return on that investment, in an interview Friday — with the liberal group Media Matters, of all places. It’s the latest strange revelation in the FreedomWorks civil war.
The man knows no bounds… And just think, if when Romney loses, the party will erupt because of the ideologues like Limbaugh.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who normally reserves his derision for Democrats, went so far as to say of Christie: “He’s fat and a fool. Don’t listen to Governor Christie. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” But Limbaugh clinched the quote with his reasoning for being so vicious: “He makes fun of me all the time.”
A writer for the right-wing Daily Caller, Matt Lewis, hopped onto the anti-Christie bandwagon as well, in a post titled “What’s Chris Christie up to?” Lewis called Christie “a prop for Obama’s re-election” and speculated that there must be some kind of “Christie/Romney schism.”
But you know, when you are the governor of a state, and a state facing a complete destructive make-over and your candidate has repeatedly said to get rid of FEMA… you may in fact have a change of heart.