If Black Lives REALLY Mattered …

In recent weeks, there has been a nearly endless stream of news reports centered on the systemic prejudice against blacks in America.

Under the banner of Black Lives Matter, people across the country have gathered in peaceful, and sometimes not so peaceful, demonstrations and protests against the brutality and use of excessive force against blacks.

Protesters call for sweeping changes to the corrupt and immoral system that is responsible for ending the lives of hundreds of innocent blacks each year. Calls for immediate change are relentless, starting with the immediate defunding of the offending criminal organizations. As justified as these protests may be, I submit to you that these efforts are largely misdirected.

 

If people are REALLY interested in the moral welfare of blacks in this country they should stand up and protest against an even more evil and insidious form of racism, bigotry and prejudice.

Each year in this country, in excess of 100,000 lives of innocent blacks are brutally ended. Without exception and dispute, each of these human lives was completely innocent, totally unarmed and thus completely vulnerable.

If people are REALLY interested in social justice across the races,

If people are REALLY interested in ending the immoral killing directed disproportionately against blacks,

then perhaps another, more lucrative target of protest is in order.

If all Black Lives REALLY Matter, then lets defund Planned Parenthood, the real perpetrator of racial social injustice.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “If Black Lives REALLY Mattered …”

  1. I’ve been wanting to become Catholic for 7 years, but have simply been able to, in good conscience, affirm the dogmas. After many years of reading the likes of John Henry Newman etc. I’ve found a way in, namely authority.

    I found this site when looking for dogmas I won’t be back Just like Evangelicals, you are yoking the faith to politics I truly detest it.

    Just thought I’d let you know.

    1. Michael,

      Congratulations on your journey of 7 years to the RCC. That elapsed time indicates that you are a man of principle, desiring the truth without compromise, and willing to invest the time and effort in that regard. Yes, Newman is a treasure. I agree with you that a core element of Christianity (and the differences between the various factions of so-called Christians) boils down to that of authority. Stated in other terms, how is it that we know the truth? As Catholics, we stand with the physical Church established by Jesus himself and recognize the divinely-given authority that the Church possesses. Yes indeed, examined on their own, the teachings of Christ and His Church (Dogmas) can be difficult to understand and accept. You and I share many frustrations in that regard. That said, it is a true blessing that we have the Church to give us comfort in His teachings, even when they are difficult. We both are always on a journey and if you wish, drop me any question and I’ll do my best to respond with the Simple Catholic Truth as I know it. In your further examination of Authority, I would highly recommend a book by Mark Shea, “By What Authority – An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition”, Ignatius Press. Mark shares his journey to the Church, asking many of the questions I’m sure you have, and wrestling with the unexpected conclusions.

      Finally, regarding BLM. I work very hard to keep SCT out of the purely political arena. It’s enough of a challenge to help Catholics and non-Catholics alike understand the basic teachings of Catholicism. However, some issues like BLM are not purely political – they are significantly moral, and moral issues are rooted in God and should be discussed as such.
      I feel that we have a long way to go with how minorities, especially blacks, are treated in the country but IMHO the BLM movement is mischaracterizing the problem, is filled with hypocrisy, and is distracting from the real issue. We can talk productively at length about the race issues in this county; on one side the need for increased police training, the need for separation of the district attorney’s office from law enforcement, etc. On the other, we must also discuss the need for increased respect for the authority towards law enforcement, the devastating effect of the fracturing of the family – especially the lack of black fathers in the home, the cultivation of victimhood mentality in our youth, and the lack of personal direction and accountability. As you can see, in my blog post I didn’t even begin to address the many political aspects of the race issue that BLM seeks to improve. I did however react to the BLM message calling for the defunding of the police (complete idiocy) while being totally silent on other more widespread and lethal attacks on blacks perpetrated by Planned Parenthood (a total hypocrisy).

      You say that I am ‘yoking’ faith with politics which you detest. I say that in some cases faith and politics are inseparable and we should be prepared to say so. Not speaking out against this sin of ultimate moral social injustice would be even more detestable.

      Blessings
      Tom

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