Thursday, January 13, 2011

About Palin and the Shooting

First of all, it's stupid. People are going to kill people because they are crazy. Unfortunately, it's a fact of life that doesn't have a lot to do with politics. The woman who was targeted was a moderate Democrat, and I'm not sure anyone would want to target a moderate Democrat out of political motivation. If it was really an attempted assassination by a right-winger (actually, the shooter identified much more left-wing, but of course, the blame game started rolling before anyone knew that), why also shoot a nine-year-old girl, a church of Christ minister, and a whole bunch of other people present? This is not the profile of the one-or-two bullet political target. This is more like a shooting rampage by a mentally ill young man.

My point: Politicization is unnecessary. Writing a blog post to join article after senseless article out there is also unnecessary, but I'm doing it because what people are saying is so stupid and uncaring toward people's feelings that I feel like I have to. Why anyone would blame a woman in Alaska for a shooting in Arizona is beyond me. We know that the shooter was not a Palin follower. Heck, the woman targeted was hardly even a left-winger. It doesn't make sense. It's not supposed to. I sincerely hope that no one actually believes this crap, as the obvious truth is that a few people just saw an opportunity to attack a political figure they don't like—and a far-fetched one at that. They also knew that a lot of people would watch television and hear and parrot this far-fetched idea. (Such has been the atmosphere of politics for too long now, and that needs to change, but that's a blog post for another time.)

I was appalled at the flash of outburst over this, before the results of the investigation were even in. Mostly, I was appalled at the lack of care or concern for the tragedy that actually happened. For some reason, it became all about Palin, and all about how violent these terrible Tea Partiers are (hogwash, in case you weren't aware), not about sympathy for the families of the people killed. And then, of course, Westboro Baptist heard of it and attempted to picket the nine-year-old's funeral. I would almost dismiss them. But it does show that people were more concerned with the invisible politics of it than with a care for humanity, and that is reprehensible.

And then, after four days of constantly being attacked unnecessarily, Sarah Palin gave an 8-minute defense of herself, and was—get this—blamed for bringing politics into it. Does that not just scream "motive"? I hope it does, no matter whether you follow Palin or not. I actually don't. But she is a human being who does not deserve to be blamed for murders she did not commit. And then some radio hosts were also blamed for the shooting. In a culture where we don't take responsibility for our own actions and would rather blame others' influences for an action, this, I'm sure, makes perfect sense. (No, I don't listen to these guys either, nor do I watch television, so I have no allegiances, to my benefit here.)

But no one has yet mentioned other television and radio shows that contain violence, cheapen sexuality, cheapen the value of life, contain humor offensive to people's feelings, degrade women, and desensitize and dull people's consciences that could potentially lead someone to murder. Surely television, movies, and violent video games are even more degenerative than political discourse. So, here's my proposition: Let's just blame the whole world. Anybody with me?

End rant. And I would also like to be the first one I've heard say this (mostly because I haven't listened to Obama's speech yet): I am sorry that this tragedy occurred. I pray that the families find comfort throughout this difficult time of mourning, picketing, attack, and stupidity. God bless you all, and may you mourn in peace if the media allows it.

And also, the name of the shooter was Jared Loughner, in case nobody reported that.

UPDATE: Here is Palin's response to journalists' attacks of her "target" map. I watched it after I wrote this post, and it is rather intelligent. Like I said earlier, I'm removed from TV world, so maybe I'm...unbiased. Try to get past what comedians have said about her and just listen to what she says. If you cannot, there is something wrong.


Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How the Bible Teaches Self-Esteem

1 Corinthians 12:1-27
Unity and Diversity in the Body
 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.  15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.