The current atmosphere on the streets of Dallas, Texas is reminiscent of 9/11, another event where premature death permeated the air. Standing in the front as DART Commissioner Brown pointed everyone to the good book, I heard him describe how the officers and their families will always be loved. It was an amazing memorial.
While in Dallas, I also attended a meeting with Deputy Mayor Erik Wilson, judges, police officers, pastors, and Black Lives Matter members. People were asked how they felt and the police said, "Scared."
It is a sad and dangerous time. Police are fearing for their lives while people are still gathering to make sure attention doesn't wane on the recorded deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. You can feel and see the uneasiness of the officers in Dallas, who wonder if there is going to be a copycat killer. more >>
"Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions." – George W. Bush speaking at the July 12 police officer memorial in Dallas.
The answer to where you go next after you've hit rock-bottom depends on whether rock-bottom was your goal in the first place.
Either way, we've arrived. Look around. Turn on the news, if you've allowed your last meal time enough to digest. We're here … at the bottom … and it's not pretty. That is, unless tearing America to shreds by creating irreparable division is your intention. more >>
Christian leaders around the world have been condemning the terror attack in Nice, where at least 84 were killed and scores more injured, with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bemoaning that "human evil kills the innocent cruelly," and Patriarch Kirill wondering what is happening to the human race.
The massacre in the southern French city was carried out by a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, Reuters reported, who drove a heavy truck into large crowds watching the fireworks on Bastille Day. The driver opened fire on civilians before he was shot dead by police officers, at the end killing 84 people and injuring many others.
As world leaders have sent their condolences to French President Francois Hollande, who called the attack a terrorist act, Church leaders have also been quick to condemn the latest massacre to strike France, following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015. more >>
An Iraqi bishop has criticized the nations of the world for not working together to help suffering Iraqi Christians, and said that only education can defeat the Islamic State terror group.
"Our people are suffering too much," said Bishop Mar Schlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Christians in an interview with East County magazine.
"Nobody loves them, nobody takes care of them. The children, the young people, they have no future. They finish studying and they have no job. Always, we cry, all over the world, for those children." more >>
Last week was a down week for our country. How we choose to process the turn of events will determine the future of our nation. I hope that we will resolve to listen and try to understand.
We cannot build community arguing. Each of us must share our stories with those who don't understand why we feel the way we feel.
Last Saturday morning, like many others I sat in the middle of the floor in my home office and wept, profusely. I cried about all of the recent tragic events; but not merely for those situations alone. I cried because all of the violence feels race related (the civilians as well as the police officers). I cried because there remains too much silence on these matters that have shaped a large part of the American narrative for centuries. more >>
A conservative group is calling on the House Armed Services Committee to support legislation that would allow members of the U.S. military to protect Afghan boys from being sexually abused and tortured at the hands of ally fighters.
The issue revolves around Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, an American serviceman who was initially punished for defending an Afghan boy from being sexually abused as part of a ritual practice carried out by an Afghan Commander and U.S. ally in the war on terror.
The American Center for Law and Justice petitioned on behalf of Martland, who has since been allowed to resume his service, but has warned that children continue being exploited in the "bacha bazi" or "boy play" practice in Afghanistan, in which grown men force young boys to dress up like women before raping and sexually abusing them. more >>