Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I've had an opportunity to attend a great many author book reviews in my 23 years in D. C., but none has been more dramatic or surprising to me than The Blood of Emmett Till. The opportunity is also yours at the youtube listing below. Obviously a southerner, Timothy Tyson worked almost 10 years on this book and is at Duke University and Duke Divinity School as Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture.
More information about the book and the author may be found at:
Tyson's presentation is folksy, droll and challenging. The large crowd interrupts with applause at many statements. As a fellow southerner by birth (Texan) I could identify with much of his insight, particularly as he told of his grandmother and church up-bringing many decades ago singing the following in Sunday School as atrocities like Till's murder were not uncommon,
All the children of the world.
Whether yellow, black or white,*
They are precious in his sight,
Jesus loves the children of the world.
*A better lyricist than I might add a line here like,
Neither atheist, Muslim,or Seik
The book is indeed worth your reading and perhaps discussing with others as Tyson credits Till's mother with the courage that actually precipitated the civil rights movement.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
“I believed that you would be the next President of the United States. And if that happened, it would be because God had placed you there.“
Editor: From all my church going I must proclaim, THAT IS NOT MY GOD! - Ron Lehker
You might recall though that those were the words of the minister who addressed the congregation as president Trump attended the pre-–inaugural service at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House. I know that a great many of you joined me in astonishment not only in the statement itself, but also in the virtual attack on one of our basic democratic principles, the separation of church and state.
Unfortunately it has only gotten worse.
Consider this "hot off the press" report of Trump's appearance at the National Prayer Service in The New York Times:
And then please take time to read the article in the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly by Franklin Foer:
What an amazing, awesome responsibility we all have to maintain and improve a democracy that was founded on (immoral) immigration and nourished and expanded through slave labor!
This 91-year-oldster continues to be amazed at the vigor of young people in peacefully expressing their concern through demonstrations. May we all be equally committed to appreciating the progress of the past and our responsibility to keep moving forward providing refuge for those in need and freedom and equality for all.