Joy, Pain and Everything In Between
It’s been a week of incredible joy, terrible pain, and astounding surprises.
I am 51. Knowing how far America was from this when I was born, I never ever ever expected this to happen in my lifetime. Let alone the White House lights. 😉 Ever. If you want some sense of how far the nation has come, I suggest you check out The Boys in the Band,
Having just read Antonin Scalia’s dissent, I can only chuckle a little and think back to my 10th grade history teacher, Caroline Loose, who said,
“When people complain about judicial activists, what they really mean is people that disagree with them.”
Judge Scalia, I forgive you. The reference will make more sense in a paragraph or two. 😉
I think what REALLY gets to me about this is that the AME Church was created because blacks were unwelcome in the Methodist Church. This was not a scism driven by theological differences but rather because of hatred and prejudice. And, round about 200 years later, by which time surely that sort of misguided thinking should be understood and regretted, 9 people were shot in cold blood. During a PRAYER MEETING! Now, the UMC didn’t pull the trigger. That’s not what I mean. The UMC is quite progressive as Protestant denominations go. And I believe that the AME and UMC have ecumenical agreements in a step toward one Christian community. But you get the idea.
And a couple days later, their friends and families forgave. (!!!)