Jul. 2nd, 2015

sophocles: (Rennie)
I have been trying to write something about the recent string of violence that has been conspicuously absent from the news. I'm not sure I'm there yet. I'm not sure I have anything helpful to say, but I'm certain that remaining silent isn’t helpful either.

I keep coming back to the few things that I know. This is not a theoretical discussion. These aren’t abstractions. Actual people are being affected.

These are churches that are not that different from the one I grew up in, at least not in any way that should matter. They meet for Bible study. They have bake sales, and rummage sales, picnics and, youth groups, They rejoice at weddings, and mourn at funerals. They gossip about their neighbors, and that other church that they don’t go to. They visit each other when they’re sick. They host AA Meetings, and knitting circles, or even a scout troop.

In fact, it's not outside the realm of possibility, that I know people who are affected by these attacks. It's not unfathomable that I know someone who knows someone who attends these churches, or has family members that do, and it's not even a stretch that someone I know is scared for their lives because of these blatant acts of domestic terrorism. So if that's you, please accept my apology because it didn't even cross my mind until I sat down to write this. Maybe that's my contribution to overall problem. If so, I’ll take thoughtlessness over malice any day, but please don’t think I’m trying to let myself off the hook.

All that being said, allow me to say this; How is everyone? Is everyone’s family okay? Is there anything I can do to help?


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