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NFL Quarterback Drew Brees got in trouble for making the following statement:

I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.

My ignorance about professional sports–including the NFL–knows no bounds (kinda sorta like my ignorance of college sports). The only time the NFL intrudes on my life is when I see a news article detailing how some cosseted, pampered millionaire shoots himself in the leg in a nightclub, or pounds the snot out of his wife in an elevator, or gets sent to prison for murder. So my knowledge of the NFL has lotsa holes.

But from what I read, this Drew Brees fellow sounds like a good guy, going out of his way to do good works and make the world a better place. He also, after the firestorm his comment unleashed, promptly apologized, so I cannot help but conclude that he is something of a wuss.

But if you have no sympathy or empathy for his initial comment, you are my enemy.

Claira Janover, a recent Harvard graduate published a video screed in which she threatened to stab anyone with temerity, the “caucasity” to say “all lives matter.”

“I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘My cut matters, too,’” she added.

Way to go, Harvard. Ya did a bang-up job. Miss Janover states that her screed was a joke. Ooookay. She also lost her newly procured, not yet attended job internship with Deloitte, and published another video in which she tearfully testified that she had lost her “dream job” because of President Trump. Zero self-examination as to whether just maybe the offer was pulled due to her own dumb … self.

Anyone who has or could have any sympathy or empathy for Miss Janover’s original statement is my enemy. I’ve stated many times how I hate bullies. Bullies that would savage the Covington kids without even checking the facts, and sneeringly declaring Nick Sandmann’s face as punchable. Bullies that would make a young lady cry because she must pay lip service the shibboleths of the Left.

Our Left has become pagan totalitarians. I would feel comfortable wagering lots of frogskins that young Miss Janover is an avowed atheist, with nothing but contempt for those who strive to live their lives with Christian charity and comportment. Funny, they don’t seem to have even a dim understanding that it is the forbearance of those who hold dear Judeo-Christian values that is probably the biggest single reason they are all still walking around and stealing oxygen.

I have a brother-in-arms, now retired like me. I trained him when he attended the Q-course. His call sign is BA, or in military parlance, Bravo Alpha, short for Barnyard Animal. Ever see Gregor the Mountain in Game of Thrones? Yeah, that size dude, with that kind of strength. I worked with him over the years to add some technique and subtlety to his brute force and “Hulk smash!” fighting style. It is one of my few remaining vanities that, after all these years, he still calls me “Sensei.”

BA is a singular counterfactual to the belief that “there is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.”Despite the breadth and depth of our friendship, he looks at the world and can find no way he can believe in God. I look at the world, and can find no way to not believe. But BA has two attributes that set him apart from most other atheists that I’ve known. He isn’t pushy or annoying about it, and he’s done the reading. We have and have had hours-long discussions on philosophy (particularly Stoicism, go figure), military history, and Bushido/Zen. I think he’s an “atheist” mainly to tick people off. He thinks I hew to my Christianity for the same reason (c’mon, how many Catholics wear a Mjölnir necklace? It’s not about faith, though, as much as mindset).

Just a couple of days ago, we had about a three-hour discussion about all of the above. Too, now part of our discussions is the status of our multiple debilities, impingements, and injuries. We also talked current events and, ever close to two old soldiers’ hearts, where our country is going.

It came to me in an inchoate way during our discussion, and talking it out with BA helped me solidify my and articulate my thoughts.

I’m not a really good Christian. I mean, I’d like to think that I’ll eventually gain the spiritual grace and maturity to always turn the other cheek, but I sure ain’t there yet. My Dad called it the curse of Cuchulain, the inability to turn down a fight, ever. Pile upon that the fact that the knuckleheads out burning, looting, and bullying are making my self-imposed boundaries fray, just a wee bit. Throw in a dash of world-class training (Thank you, US taxpayer!). Add a pinch of more time in combat than I thought I’d ever have when I signed up for the Army, and the recipe is bad juju. And there are lots of guys like me. Well, “lots” is kind of relative, so let’s go with enough.

Where I live has been relatively riot-free. Not to say that there hasn’t been a smattering of (literally/actually/not-press-apologist) peaceful protests. But tomfoolery going one way in the 305 is frequently met with bullets going the other, so there’s far less opportunity for threat of getting enmeshed in violence here. Thus far.

But the left needs to rein it in and act like they’ve got a whisker of tolerance for civil debate and ideological diversity.

I know a whole bunch of Christians that will vigorously oppose getting fed to the lions.

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  1. Samuel Block Support

    “Enemy” was one of those terms that was never part of my lexicon until very recently. What’s interesting is that I was a much more hateful person during most of my life. Considering that, as best I can tell, you aren’t one to hide away in sanctuary, I’d guess you’re a better Christian than you believe. 

    #alwaysbeonthesideofBoss

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    • July 5, 2020, at 12:42 PM PDT
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  2. Judge Mental Member

    Boss, I don’t think you’d have any trouble recruiting volunteers on this site.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 12:45 PM PDT
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

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  4. RightAngles Member

    Amen, Boss! I saw her idiotic, embarrassing, self-pitying video. And I have a question: She says ““I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you..” — but she is not black. Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”? I see this every day online, especially on Reddit, where there are countless memes which say “It do be like that sometimes” etc. Why is that not racist? Because I think it is.

    But that aside, how did we even get to a point where a person can go on the internet and say they want to stab people, then lose her job and blame Trump or anyone else but herself.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 12:54 PM PDT
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  5. Hoyacon Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might likely be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

    You can be sure. Here is Brees’ statement:

    I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.
    In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
    This is where I stand:

    I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
    I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.
    I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.
    I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
    I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
    I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.
    I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.
    For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

    Now how much of that had to be said even if one felt the need to back down and mend fences from what should have been seen as patriotism.

     

     

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:04 PM PDT
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  6. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

    Susan, Jerry’s observations are true, but they are tempered by the fact that–by the Left and BLM’s own rules–he’s already been accused, tried and convicted just because of the color of his skin.

    I think it’s too bad that someone with his kind of microphone doesn’t have the stones support the flag. His comments cast aspersions upon no one and, in my opinion, everyone baling out of the path of the anti-American leftist juggernaut is only allowing it to gain speed and momentum.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:11 PM PDT
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  7. RightAngles Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might likely be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

    You can be sure. Here is Brees’ statement:

    I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.
    In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
    This is where I stand:

    I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
    I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.
    I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.
    I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
    I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
    I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.
    I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.
    For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

    Now how much of that had to be said even if one felt the need to back down and mend fences from what should have been seen as patriotism.

     

    That thing was like a hostage video. What on earth are we becoming?

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:16 PM PDT
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  8. Randy Webster Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Amen, Boss! I saw her idiotic, embarrassing, self-pitying video. And I have a question: She says ““I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you..” — but she is not black. Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”? I see this every day online, especially on Reddit, where there are countless memes which say “It do be like that sometimes” etc. Why is that not racist? Because I think it is.

    But that aside, how did we even get to a point where a person can go on the internet and say they want to stab people, then lose her job and blame Trump or anyone else but herself.

    She’s a millennial. It’s never her fault.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:16 PM PDT
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  9. Samuel Block Support

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

    Susan, Jerry’s observations are true, but they are tempered by the fact that–by the Left and BLM’s own rules–he’s already been accused, tried and convicted just because of the color of his skin.

    I think it’s too bad that someone with his kind of microphone doesn’t have the stones support the flag. His comments cast aspersions upon no one and, in my opinion, everyone baling out of the path of the anti-American leftist juggernaut is only allowing it to gain speed and momentum.

    And there weren’t even riots in New Orleans. It shows a bit of lack of faith on his part. Plus, Brees lives in the only gated community that I know of in the whole city; his biggest threat is Tulane and Loyola students nearby. 

    He should’ve stood his ground and made his peace with his teammates – who rely on him tremendously – on his own time.

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  10. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Boss, I’ve got a book for you and your friend. Short and punchy:

    Fr. Longenecker starts by regretting that Onward Christian Soldiers has been removed from our hymnals. Christians are called to fight evil to the death — in ourselves and in the world. We are the Church Militant. 

    I don’t have your combat training, but I’m right there with you in Spirit. I oppose the Left — the ideology of Lies and its Father of — with every fiber of my being. God willing and with His grace, I’ll be with you at the barricades. 

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  11. Jules PA Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”?

    I taught for 10+ years in an urban district. I picked up little phrases and verbal mannerisms. Not on purpose, just part of living there.

    I have long ago left that community and no longer have those mannerisms. Not because I discarded them, but they were not relevant in a different context.

    Additionally, while I condemn this young woman’s hateful message, she could be bi-racial, and live in a community where that kind of speech is the norm.

    She will be, and probably has been judged for her speech pattern in many areas of her life.

    All we need to reject is the hateful message. It is clear, with no translation, in any dialect.

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  12. Samuel Block Support

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”?

    I taught for 10+ years in an urban district. I picked up little phrases and verbal mannerisms. Nit on purpose, just part of living there.

    I have long ago left that community and no longer have those mannerisms. Nit because I discarded them, but they were not relevant in a different context.

    Additionally, while I condemn this young woman’s hateful message, she could be bi-racial, and live in a community where that kind of speech is the norm.

    She will be, and probably has been judged for her speech pattern in many areas of her life.

    All we need to reject is the hateful message. It is clear, with no translation, in any dialect.

    All good points, but Millennials and Gen Z-ers have a creepy infatuation with ghetto culture. I think it’s silly the way they dress with high leg socks and basketball shorts, but that’s just what it is. The second they start talking about privilege (believing themselves to be honorary black people), they should be mocked. 

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  13. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    I’m really sick of dealing with Black Live Matter. The movement is a giant mess.

    For one, who the hell is saying black lives should not matter? You have a handful of morons with tiki torches, and that’s it. It’s a slogan for a movement. Let’s turn the clock back to 2016. People who did not support Donald Trump in the GOP primary probably still wanted to Make American Great Again. MAGA is a slogan for Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Next up, when conservatives bring up issues like the rampant murder present among inner city blacks or the massive abortion of black babies, they get shot down. BLM has one agenda, and one agenda alone. Even when policing critics like the Reason crowd start talking about police reform, they get the door slammed in their face.

    Not even saying Black Lives Matter is enough. You have to do whatever the crazy movement tells you and hate who they hate. In essence, you have to accept BLM as your lord and savior.

    Sorry, that position is already taken.

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  14. PHCheese Member

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”?

    I taught for 10+ years in an urban district. I picked up little phrases and verbal mannerisms. Not on purpose, just part of living there.

    I have long ago left that community and no longer have those mannerisms. Not because I discarded them, but they were not relevant in a different context.

    Additionally, while I condemn this young woman’s hateful message, she could be bi-racial, and live in a community where that kind of speech is the norm.

    She will be, and probably has been judged for her speech pattern in many areas of her life.

    All we need to reject is the hateful message. It is clear, with no translation, in any dialect.

    She was adopted by two white moms.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:36 PM PDT
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  15. Samuel Block Support

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    I’m really sick of dealing with Black Live Matter. The movement is a giant mess.

    For one, who the hell is saying black lives should not matter? You have a handful of morons with tiki torches, and that’s it. It’s a slogan for a movement. Let’s turn the clock back to 2016. People who did not support Donald Trump in the GOP primary probably still wanted to Make American Great Again. MAGA is a slogan for Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Next up, when conservatives bring up issues like the rampant murder present among inner city blacks or the massive abortion of black babies, they get shot down. BLM has one agenda, and one agenda alone. Even when policing critics like the Reason crowd start talking about police reform, they get the door slammed in their face.

    Not even saying Black Lives Matter is enough. You have to do whatever the crazy movement tells you and hate who they hate. In essence, you have to accept BLM as your lord and savior.

    Sorry, that position is already taken.

    Their view is that a handful of black deaths matter.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:37 PM PDT
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  16. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Samuel Block (View Comment):
    All good points, but Millennials and Gen Z-ers have a creepy infatuation with ghetto culture. I think it’s silly the way they dress with high leg socks and basketball shorts, but that’s just what it is. The second they start talking about privilege (believing themselves to be honorary black people), they should be mocked. 

    We even get that here on Ricochet. There was some guy who put up a post about rap music not too long ago…

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:43 PM PDT
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  17. Kevin Schulte Member

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might likely be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

    You can be sure. Here is Brees’ statement:

    I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.
    In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
    This is where I stand:

    I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
    I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.
    I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.
    I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
    I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
    I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.
    I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.
    For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

    Now how much of that had to be said even if one felt the need to back down and mend fences from what should have been seen as patriotism.

     

    I would lay odds that this statement was composed by committee. 

     

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:44 PM PDT
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  18. Jules PA Member

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”?

    I taught for 10+ years in an urban district. I picked up little phrases and verbal mannerisms. Nit on purpose, just part of living there.

    I have long ago left that community and no longer have those mannerisms. Nit because I discarded them, but they were not relevant in a different context.

    Additionally, while I condemn this young woman’s hateful message, she could be bi-racial, and live in a community where that kind of speech is the norm.

    She will be, and probably has been judged for her speech pattern in many areas of her life.

    All we need to reject is the hateful message. It is clear, with no translation, in any dialect.

    All good points, but Millennials and Gen Z-ers have a creepy infatuation with ghetto culture. I think it’s silly the way they dress with high leg socks and basketball shorts, but that’s just what it is. The second they start talking about privilege (believing themselves to be honorary black people), they should be mocked.

    Oh, for sure, absolutely mock them for what they say. 

    Just skip the mockery of dialect, and even clothing choices. It is irrelevant when trying to address hate and the content of character.

    Silliness, copying and clothes are not hate, they are simply juvenile. 

     

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  19. Doug Kimball Thatcher

    Here is my interpretation of the “turn the other cheek” lesson. It is not, as many believe, a call to pacifism. It is quite the opposite. In Christ’s day, the holy land was under Roman rule, essentially martial law, run by the Roman military. Most crimes were capital. There were no trials or juries. Jews were tolerated, but the Romans ruled. If a Legionaire or Centurian decided to strike a Jew for any reason, he could with impunity. Punishment for any perceived slight was swift and common. Christ’s call to “turn the other cheek” was a practical call to refrain from retribution as this would only result in far worse, even death. Turning the other cheek was a way to retain self respect, to refuse to be broken. Likewise, Christ’s lesson to walk two miles when commanded to walk just one, was to show the Centurian that the decision to walk was not theirs to command, but a Jew’s to give, yet another refusal to submit, to command one’s own will in the face of overwhelming authority.

    In my view, Christianity does not espouse pacifism; we can love our neighbors, even our tormentors, without resorting to self sacrifice in lieu of reasonable self protection when faced with tyranny. When tyranny is overwhelming, reasoned perseverance is advisable. We live to fight another day.

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  20. Randy Webster Member

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    Silliness, copying and clothes are not hate, they are simply juvenile. 

    Juvenileness? is defining after a while. And it’s nothing to be proud of.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:49 PM PDT
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  21. Jules PA Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Why is it not racist for her to imitate “black English”?

    I taught for 10+ years in an urban district. I picked up little phrases and verbal mannerisms. Not on purpose, just part of living there.

    I have long ago left that community and no longer have those mannerisms. Not because I discarded them, but they were not relevant in a different context.

    Additionally, while I condemn this young woman’s hateful message, she could be bi-racial, and live in a community where that kind of speech is the norm.

    She will be, and probably has been judged for her speech pattern in many areas of her life.

    All we need to reject is the hateful message. It is clear, with no translation, in any dialect.

    She was adopted by two white moms.

    again, not relevant to her actual statement of hate and implied desire for violent stabbing.

    Drifting from the topic only gives the opponent more darts to STAB you with. 

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:50 PM PDT
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  22. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo

    Doug Kimball (View Comment):
    Most crimes were capital.

    The good old days.

    <sigh>

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:59 PM PDT
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  23. Jules PA Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    Silliness, copying and clothes are not hate, they are simply juvenile.

    Juvenileness? is defining after a while. And it’s nothing to be proud of.

    Agreed. Nothing to be proud of. But not part my personal defense against speech that implies violence. A person in a tuxedo, or pajamas, or a nurses uniform would be equally threatening. 

    The message, in any dialect, is threatening. 

    When this person actually stabs someone, or directly names who will be stabbed, these words may ultimately condemn her.

    She will not condemn herself with clothing choices. At least I don’t think it is relevant.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 1:59 PM PDT
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  24. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Boss Mongo:

    Claira Janover, a recent Harvard graduate published a video screed in which she threatened to stab anyone with temerity, the “caucasity” to say “all lives matter.”

    “I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘My cut matters, too,’” she added.

    Best to come at me from behind, young lady, and on tippy-toes, because if I see the knife I will take it away from you. And then I shall be quite cross.

    Way to go, Harvard. Ya did a bang up job. Miss Janover states that her screed was a joke.

    I prefer jokes with humor in them. Personal quirk of mine.

    Ooookay. She also lost her newly procured, not yet attended job internship with Deloitte, and published another video in which she tearfully testified that she had lost her “dream job” because of President Trump. Zero self-examination as to whether just maybe the offer was pulled due to her own dumb…self.

    She turned herself from an incipient college intern to an unemployable liability and the only thing that did that was her mouth.

     

     

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    • July 5, 2020, at 2:03 PM PDT
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  25. ChefSly - Super Kit Member

    Doug Kimball (View Comment):
    Christ’s call to “turn the other cheek” was a practical call to refrain from retribution as this would only result in far worse, even death.

    What I have heard from this story is that, when you ‘turn the other cheek’ you force the opponent to punch you (treat you like an equal) as opposed to backhand you (treat you as a lesser).

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    • July 5, 2020, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  26. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Fr. Longenecker starts by regretting that Onward Christian Soldiers has been removed from our hymnals. Christians are called to fight evil to the death — in ourselves and in the world. We are the Church Militant.

    It has to have “Onward Christian Soldiers” in it — also “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, “Lead On O King Eternal”, and “For All the Saints.”

    The last has eleven(!) verses. Some of them get cut, usually. It is required that it contains the following:


    And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
    Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
    And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    If it doesn’t have that, it’s a songbook, not a hymnal.

    (And for crying out loud, pick up the tempo. It’s not a dirge.)

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    • July 5, 2020, at 2:26 PM PDT
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  27. Randy Webster Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Fr. Longenecker starts by regretting that Onward Christian Soldiers has been removed from our hymnals. Christians are called to fight evil to the death — in ourselves and in the world. We are the Church Militant.

    It has to have “Onward Christian Soldiers” in it — also “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, “Lead On O King Eternal”, and “For All the Saints.”

    The last has eleven(!) verses. Some of them get cut, usually. It is required that it contains the following:


    And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
    Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
    And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    If it doesn’t have that, it’s a songbook, not a hymnal.

    (And for crying out loud, pick up the tempo. It’s not a dirge.)

    I don’t think Baptists know those last two. At least I never heard them.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 2:29 PM PDT
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  28. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Fr. Longenecker starts by regretting that Onward Christian Soldiers has been removed from our hymnals. Christians are called to fight evil to the death — in ourselves and in the world. We are the Church Militant.

    It has to have “Onward Christian Soldiers” in it — also “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, “Lead On O King Eternal”, and “For All the Saints.”

    The last has eleven(!) verses. Some of them get cut, usually. It is required that it contains the following:


    And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
    Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
    And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong.
    Alleluia, Alleluia!

    If it doesn’t have that, it’s a songbook, not a hymnal.

    (And for crying out loud, pick up the tempo. It’s not a dirge.)

    I don’t think Baptists know those last two. At least I never heard them.

    “Lead On O King Eternal” has a slight military bent, but it is clear from the lyrics that the struggle is spiritual.

    Lead on, O King eternal,
    Till sin’s fierce war shall cease.
    And holiness shall whisper
    The sweet amen of peace.
    For not with swords loud clashing,
    Nor roll of stirring drums,
    With deeds of love and mercy,
    The heavenly kingdom comes.

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    • July 5, 2020, at 2:42 PM PDT
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  29. EODmom Coolidge

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Regarding Drew Brees, I figured him to be a wuss, too. Then my husband pointed out that Brees, a white QB, could have a black man on either side of him on the offensive line “for protection,” both who might be fans of Black Lives Matter. And directly across from him could also be guys who’d want to take him down. The damage could be career-ending, if not life-ending. I wasn’t so sure of my assessment after considering those possibilities.

    Susan, Jerry’s observations are true, but they are tempered by the fact that–by the Left and BLM’s own rules–he’s already been accused, tried and convicted just because of the color of his skin.

    I think it’s too bad that someone with his kind of microphone doesn’t have the stones support the flag. His comments cast aspersions upon no one and, in my opinion, everyone baling out of the path of the anti-American leftist juggernaut is only allowing it to gain speed and momentum.

    And there weren’t even riots in New Orleans. It shows a bit of lack of faith on his part. Plus, Brees lives in the only gated community that I know of in the whole city; his biggest threat is Tulane and Loyola students nearby.

    He should’ve stood his ground and made his peace with his teammates – who rely on him tremendously – on his own time.

    Or accepted what was possible for his career. Doesn’t one have to decide what principles one lives by? Hostage video indeed @rightangles. 

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    • July 5, 2020, at 3:22 PM PDT
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  30. Randy Webster Member

    How many top-notch NFL quarterbacks are there? He doesn’t have to worry about a job.

    • #30
    • July 5, 2020, at 3:26 PM PDT
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