Tag: Love Hate and other Feelings

Group Writing: Dehumanization in America

 

In December 2016, a Drexel professor wanted a white genocide for Christmas. He went on to clarify his remark by saying “when the whites were massacred during the Haitian Revolution, that was a good thing indeed.” A  teaching assistant at the University of Georgia proclaimed “we had to kill some white people to get out of slavery. Maybe if we’d killed more during the 20th century we still wouldn’t talk about racialized voter disenfranchisement and housing, education and employment discrimination.” Another professor, this one from Fairfield, claimed to be white in the U.S. is to be a perpetuator of the power apparatus unless one actively and consistently resists.” In an interview, a University of Kansas professor said that white people need to “re regulate” themselves so as not to commit further violence. A New York Times writer wondered if his children can be friends with white people. “I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.” Another from the Times compared white people to dogs. 

Politicians are no better. The Democratic Party is full of racist demagogues. They are quick to call anyone who opposes them politically a Klansman or a Nazi. And we have a bigot in the White House right now. Up north in Canada, the Prime Minister has compared ordinary truckers and bakers (who brought them baked goods) to terrorists. And racist fanatics are running our K-12 schools across the nation. They are teaching students to hate white people. They teach kids that America is a hideous nation full of white bigots. Children as young as six have been told they are racist because they are white. 

Never Again? Meh.

 

We are in the middle of celebrating a totalitarian regime in the act of committing genocide. Our major media, corporations, and elite athletes are all pretending there is nothing but the athletes and the venue to see. Our political class did nothing to stop our athletes, corporations, and media from colluding with killer commies. But, why would things be otherwise?

Why, indeed? Sure, there is that wonderful sentimental saying: “Never Again.” Wait, wait, isn’t that just for the Jewish people, a declaration that no one gets to finish what Germany, led by Hitler, started? Well, no. Part of forestalling such a catastrophe has been a more general declaration of universal opposition to any genocide.

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Do you love someone? How do you tell him that you love him? Love is one of the most potent feelings a person can feel. Almost everyone loves the feeling of being in love. There are words to express this feeling, be it English or any other language. And today I am introducing you to […]

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Hating Parents (Group Writing)

 

I never really despised my parents. Really. However, when Brother George would quote Jesus’ words to hate one’s parents in comparison to love for Himself, we saw it as a kind of proof text to be fully loyal to the Assembly, a Southern California Christian cult. For whatever defect or immaturity that possessed me, I didn’t find it within myself to push back or question.

My father was very nominally Jewish.  My mother was very nominally Catholic.  They met in German class at Los Angeles City College after my dad returned from WW II.  They fell in love, and (in spite of the family uproar on the Jewish side – she was German, after all, just after the Holocaust) they got married.

For some reason, I was wired religiously.  My brother shared a gospel tract with me and I was all in.  When I went to college, I had my first taste of freedom and all I wanted was to find a Bible Study.  I stumbled upon a book table that was connected with a home-grown sect of about five hundred that was started and run by George and Betty Geftakys.  To this day, I am unsure if my move towards Christianity was a touch and call of God, a sweeping-up by the new and exciting Jesus-movement culture, or a youthful rebellion against my post-depression era parents. I suspect it was all of the above.

Love in Action: The Four Chaplains

 

four chaplains stampOn the bitter cold morning of February 3, 1943,  the passenger ship, S.S. Dorchester, was steaming in convoy nearing the frozen coast of Greenland. The 902 souls aboard depended on convoy procedure and three small Coast Guard cutters to protect them from the ravening wolf packs of U-boats, still dominating the North Atlantic. The servicemen, merchant seamen, and civilian workers were destined for a critical support base in Greenland, so were only 150 miles from safe harbor. It was then, in the pre-dawn darkness, that a torpedo slammed into the hull, deep below the waterline.

A diligent sonar operator on a sister ship, the Tampa, had alerted the convoy of suspicious sonar contact. Dorchester’s civilian captain had ordered everyone into life vests, but too many of the young men failed to act, lacking effective unit leadership. The U-boat surfaced and fired a spread of three torpedoes, one of which struck home with devastating effect. We know of this from post-war records from the U-boat command. The ship, an old coastal steamer, was going down rapidly. The ship’s radio was knocked out, but one cutter saw the blast and came charging to the rescue with another, while the third shepherded the rest of the convoy to safe harbor.

The convoy had been short enough, or the civilian captain insufficiently steeped in the need for military emergency drills, that the crew and passengers were stumbling and panicky in their response. Life vests still needed to be handed out, and the limited lifeboats needed to be successfully lowered and filled. Into the chaos stepped four men, not one of them a combat officer. Indeed, they were all four junior Army chaplains, holding the military rank of lieutenant: Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. The four men must have berthed together, as they suddenly acted as a unit.

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The February Group Writing Theme is “Love, Hate, and other Feelings.” I offer a brief selection of songs on the theme of love, hate, or both. There are, of course many more, which I encourage you to share in the comments while seeking inspiration for your post on the theme. I’d love for the month’s […]

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