Our Love is as Fierce as Our Anger (excerpt)
I’m angry because I haven’t been honest. I haven’t been honest about who I am and what I believe. In a country where people fight to identify themselves in so many ways, I, for many years, have identified myself as a Christian and a Republican. I’m angry that those terms recently have been so closely associated with racism and division.
I’m angry that the President of the United States could go to Alabama in a rally and refer to a black athlete protesting gun violence as “a son of a bitch.” I’m angry that the president would attack Senator John McCain’s combat record and POW status when his wealth and privilege allowed him to escape Vietnam. I am angry at Republicans who did not rebuke the president when he attacked Senator McCain, as he was battling brain cancer, or when the attacks did not cease after his death.
A Ringing Endorsement by the Church? (excerpt)
I previously quoted 1 Cor 12:17-26 that says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” It hurt me when the president referred to a black athlete as a son of a bitch for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. (NBC Sports Bay Area Staff, 2017)
When I think of the person kneeling, I don’t just see the flag that I spent 28 years serving and respecting. I also see horrifying camera footage of unarmed black men, following the instructions of police, shot, and even fatally shot.
Simultaneously, I see a person using incendiary words to stir up racial division, and even worse, I see that the person is not standing behind a badge, but the crest of the Office of the President of the United States.
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