Sunday, June 19, 2022

North Port Florida Police - They meant well in acknowledging Juneteenth - How did North Port citizens respond?

 Why do we need Critical Race Theory (CRT), or as I call it, "the truth", told in the educational system in the United States?  A Facebook post this morning by the North Port, Florida police department provides an example of why.  Here is the post:

"Today we honor Juneteenth.  This day celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, which happened on June 1865.  It was made a federal holiday in 2021, therefore City buildings and facilities will be closed June 20 in recognition. It's a celebration of resillence, perseveraance, and hope.  #Juneteenth"

The post, author unknown, incorrectly describes Juneteenth as celebrating and commemorating the end of  slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.  The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.  On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.

In response to the post by the North Port police, several citizens of North Port responded with proclamations supporting Father's Day but ignoring or denigrating the acknowledgement of Juneteenth Day.  The responses support the need for European Americans to acknowledge the existence of  non European American cultures in the United States.  The notion that everything in these United States must relate to European American culture and values is a false, racist, selfish, and evil notion.  The continuing denial and non acceptance of anything non European American having value is sad behavior.  But, the behavior is honest and makes us all aware of where this country stands in terms of the thoughts and values of a large segment of the population, at least in North Port, Florida.

The Facebook post was met with numerous affirmations and responses of "Happy Father's Day".  It was a light handed slap in the face to Juneteenth.  Now do you understand why some black people and Native Americans ignore July 4th "Independence Day" celebrations?

So, now it's time to include information about Juneteenth in the educational system.  Along with information about the lynchings, and massacares of black people over the past 300 years.  Plus the story of the annihilation of the Native American culture in the United States by diseases, and European American culture.  Finally it's time for the North Port police department to get fully educated on the cultures of the people it protects and serves.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Pride Month - Proud about what?


I recently shopped at a local super store.  The kind that sells food, items for the home, and almost everything else you can think of.  As I turned into an aisle, I encountered a display that said, “Celebrate Pride Month”.  The display had two sides and was very colorful.  One side  had a variety of rainbow-colored articles for sale.  Stickers touted “love is love”, rainbow facial masks, rainbow capes, rainbow wigs, rainbow buttons, rainbow hats, and rainbow cups.  The other side featured items for pets with slogans “tell your dog I said hi” and “one of a kind”.  The display was positioned in a main aisle of the store, not hidden off in a corner away from public view. 

The display was symbolic of the world we live in today. People do whatever they want, and live and justify any lifestyle we want under the banner of love and human rights.  Romans 1:21-32 addresses how humanity long ago strayed from God, our creator.  At that point God abandoned us to do whatever shameful things our hearts desired.  Women indulged in sex with each other.  Men also did shameful things sexually with other men.

The, ”Celebrate Pride” display is reaffirmation that humanity has embraced and been bamboozled to believe that we as human beings have the right to do whatever we want to do.  The notion of the limits established by our Creator is a foreign thought to many of us.  I had seen such “Pride” displays at other stores.  I was reminded of the Pride display when we were in Sunday school and the topic of “the Pride of Babylon” from Isaac 47:10-15 was being discussed. I remarked to the Pastor that it was ironic that we were talking about the Pride of Babylon during the month of June in what has been labeled Pride Month.

The origin of Pride Month goes back to the late 1960s and the police raid of a gay bar in New York city.  The creation of a rainbow flag is credited to an elected official in the state of California in 1978.  The original rainbow was originally created and given to people by God as a sign of God’s covenant that floodwaters would never again be used to destroy all life on earth. Reference  Genesis 9:12-17.  The use of a rainbow as a symbol of Pride Month is shrewd as are many tactics of Satan.  Sometimes what should be obvious misuse of what God intended flows right by us due to our lack of spiritual knowledge.

Proponents of Pride Month state that it celebrates our freedom to be ourselves.  They say Pride Month supports “minority” groups who have suffered from prejudice.  Let’s just be honest.  Pride Month celebrates a part of the sinful nature of humanity. This is discussed in  Leviticus 18:22 and  1 Timothy 1:10.  It is comparable to celebrating any other sin, whether it be murder, adultery, or theft.  So are we to express “pride” in all of our sinful habits/lifestyles under the banner of love, acceptance or mental illness?  I do not think that was God’s intention.  What do you think?