What memo? No demo?

Most of the world’s religions keep trying to insert themselves into the necessary narrative of near-global expectation for a world at peace, but their rhetoric keeps overshooting reality and the vanity of the violence they are prepared to unleash on society is convincing evidence that some people have not seen the memo titled “One home, one family, one love”.

No peace among friends and allies

No genuine pacesetter has emerged despite thousands of years of jockeying, storytelling and violent attempts to convince the public.  It is good sign that enemies sign treaties and trade accords, but, more often than not, such innovations are simply signs. Most people alive have not seen a demo of world peace or civic health.

Deadly secrets of the club

It must be a secret affair that keeps peace from breaking out even in Jerusalem.  I suppose that the ancient kingdom had to surmount the interests of 11 tribes in the context of a system dominated by another, a twelfth, tribe.  The New Testament witnesses to a greatly reduced kingdom with two tribes left alive.

Where is the wisdom

Wisdom’s a totally nice girl. Solomon was not kidding, despite his poor choices, when he wrote, “Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;” (Proverbs 1:20, NASB) and tells us about her relative value with “How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!” (Proverbs 16:16a NASB) There is not a lot of room for finding fig leaves to hide the folly of ancient and modern leaders.

“Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17, NASB)

“When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7, NASB)

“Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways. They do not know the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked, Whoever treads on them does not know peace.” (Isaiah 59:7-8, NASB)

He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 15:27, NASB

Who is going to be his brother’s keeper? People who have received and read the memo. Let us do this, because not even an only child can be that insensitive.

The cruelty of official violence

If one member of the church, club, or service organization of which you are the leader became the victim of violence from an agency tasked with protecting and serving citizens your silence on the matter would make your leadership suspect. While no informed person would jump to conclusions or condemnation, our communities (the commonwealth, the United Nations) expect an expression of solidarity with the victim first as the gold standard of public service. The agency that is responsible for the violent incident also deserves a statement that recognizes the damage done to its reputation and an unambiguous reiteration of the community’s abhorrence of the behaviour. Telling us “never again” does not work because we have seen the repitition of glorification of violence against people in police custody by the chief executive of the United States.

We expect an expression of solidarity with the victim out front first as the gold standard of public service.

Most of us know that statistically the rogue cop is not “one bad apple”. The label is highly inappropriate and misleading. The other apples on the scene where deadly force is used seem to have no power to apprehend the bad apple who violates the law and his solemn vow.

To approve or to disapprove

The 21st. century is not a good time to trot out the barbarism of the 1st century AD or the 13th to 10th centuries BC. The legitimizing of every person does not extend to their views of life, love, and liberty. Are we that stupid. When Canada’s constitution embraces immigrants from the Syrian or German communities there is no embrace of misogyny or nazism. Even in the privacy of one’s home misogny and nazism are crimes. Violence as the final recourse seems to be a thing happening more as the opening moves when police interact with citizens. But, they say, people should not worry: it was violence that paid for our freedoms, and our kids can walk right up to the line of assaulting their parents and be called the good generation. Are you going to wait until your friendly neighbourhood cop abuses you or you child punches you in the face? The abuse of one citizen is an abuse of all citizens.

Conservative Racism

Calling for firings and criminal investigations seem to be the only time Conservative politicians are alive.  Their agenda for dirty energy, pro-business and against cannabis is a recipe for the new fascism. Canada will not make the same mistake twice. Religion – anyone’s – will not define public policy. Watch out for politicians with strong religious passions. They breathe violence and breed oppression.

Racism and bigotry are not cards or covers. It is a thing people do to deny their own history and other’s.