Why mention religion in the first place?
Barry Mitchell Bytes Back
admit I didn't know much about Senator Paul Wellstone. Based on endless
eulogies and media coverage he seemed like an incredible human being,
totally inspirational. Yet another regret. Kind of like when Jerry Garcia
died and wished I'd followed the Dead around like countless others back
in the '70's.
Wellstone stood up for beliefs no matter what the consequences and voted
on conscience irregardless of final tallies. Interest groups and high
powered lobbyists didn't seem to have an effect on his decision making
process which seems very odd in this politically purchased day and age.
Reminded me a lot of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., way in which he continually
fought for the underprivileged and downtrodden.
Only facet I found irritating was the mention towards
the end of one of the many CNN tributes when they
remarked on his being the "son of Jewish immigrants".
I think of a large Jewish population in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv,
but St. Paul and Duluth? I could be wrong.
More importantly, why mention religion in the first
place? Totally out of context. Obviously it didn't
matter to the Minnesotans that elected the Senator two
times running. And rightfully so. Seems like we place
too much emphasis on religious beliefs and practices.
Maybe I'm being overly paranoid. Philip Roth may I help you?
Keep hearing for instance that Muslims are such a
peaceful people. Certainly didn't stop 19 fanatics on
9/11. Now we're hearing again how peaceful Islam is
when talking about the alleged beltway sniper John
Muhammad. And didn't Muhammad Ali beat the living crap
out of people (albeit professionally) for a living?
Very peaceful man, until he got in the ring.
I mean do they teach Christians and Jews to be violent? Why aren't they
ever considered peaceful religions? For that matter Catholics can sin
all week long, confess, and then everything's forgiven. What's that all
about? That doesn't sound very peaceful.
Little tired of bringing up the religion trump card to explain every phenomenom
these days. Think we need to stay focused on individual behavior rather
then stereotypical generalizations. The fact that the alleged sniper is
incredibly disturbed on so many levels has to take precedence over any
of his religious convictions.
Not to mention all the talk show hosts harping on the
so-called fact that John Muhammad was a security guard
at Farrakhan's "Million Man March". Is that really
relevant to the case? Should we now be suspicious of
a million other men and do FBI background checks?
Maybe they have already.
Or maybe it's just another excuse to drudge up
continued country club racism that exists in the
locker rooms of covert everywhereville? Is it merely
part of sensationalized media ratings wars or do many
whites still secretly and fervently long for the days
of segregation? I don't even know anymore.
Just wish someone would have told the suspected sniper that issues like
divorce, custody battles, unemployment and failed business ventures are
all part of that forty-something thang called life. That when you're overwhelmed
with insurmountable problems and can't deal anymore just look to the neightbor
next door who's worse off then you could ever imagine.
"Ridin' high in April, shot down in May". Where's Ole
Blue Eyes when ya need him?
On that note...
© Barry Mitchell November 2002
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