It seems I keep finding things to snark about. I have tried to clear my mind of the detritus, tried lying in the yard watching the grass grow to find some peace of mind, but some of the blades of grass began looking like politicians after a while. I threw myself into housework … for all of ten minutes … and then I was tired, so I went back to reading the news. So, letting loose the snark here on ye olde blog seems to be the only way to evict it from my head!
Punished for doing the right thing
Okay, my friends … I’m going there again … ‘there’ being the place I try very hard to stay away from: religion. Well, not religion per se, but rather certain religious ‘leaders’ who have flown repeatedly onto my radar, almost as if they are begging me to swat them down. Sigh. I really don’t like delving into the realm, for I understand that in this area, I am a minority and my views have little or no value to the majority. However …
Greg Locke, pastor of the Global Vision Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, is not a nice man. He has floated across my radar numerous times, but until recently I swished him away, pooh-poohed him as just another foolish evangelical. Until recently, that is, when he actually had the unmitigated gall to tell his congregation that if they wore a mask, they would be thrown out of church!
“If you start showing up [with] all these masks and all this nonsense, I will ask you to leave. I am not playing these Democrat games up in this church.”
‘Democrat games???’ Who’s playing games now, Greg? What’s next for Mr. Locke? Will he throw out parishioners who have been vaccinated? What about those who eat healthy and exercise regularly … are they to be given the boot? Folks, this is not about whether one chooses to believe in a higher being or not … this is about life and death, about personal choices, about our health. Mr. Locke has just mandated that his congregation must engage in dangerous, life-threatening behaviour in order to have the dubious ‘privilege’ of hearing him opine on that of which he is proven ignorant.
This isn’t Locke’s first foray into the unconscionable. Previously he insisted President Joe Biden was not legitimately elected and claimed only “crack-smoking” leftists would think he beat Donald Trump to the White House. He has falsely accused the State of Tennessee of building ‘quarantine camps’ to house the unvaccinated, and last September he published a book titled, This Means War: We Will Not Surrender Through Silence (Pastor Greg Locke: Spiritual Warfare Series).
What a joke he is … I wonder how many people will die because they listened to him?
And on the subject of masks …
Do you ever look around, read the news, and just wonder if the whole damn world has lost its collective marbles???
On Tuesday night, a meeting of the school board was held in Williamson County, Tennessee, the wealthiest in the state and one of the 20 wealthiest counties in the country. The purpose of the meeting was to decided whether or not there would be a mask mandate in place when children return to school next week. Unlike some other states, there is no ban on mask mandates in Tennessee and the decision is left up to each school district.
The meeting was so chaotic that it ended up taking four hours to decide that yes, they would mandate masks for teachers and students at the elementary school level. Masks will be optional at the junior high and high school levels where most students are over 12 years of age and thus eligible for vaccination. Angry parents showed up, almost none wearing a mask, and frequently disrupted the meeting, expressing their fury that their child might be ordered to wear a mask. One person became so violent that he had to be escorted out by county deputies.
But it was what came afterward that makes me think our nation is devolving into something cruel and inhumane. As the meeting broke up, hundreds of protestors were waiting outside. The meeting had included health care professionals who attested to the value of wearing a mask during this time when the Delta variant of the coronavirus is running rampant. Upon leaving the building, the health care professionals were surrounded by protestors chanting and issuing threats such as “We know who you are,” and “We will find you.”
If this is what it means to be an American, then I want no part of it! These people are loons! Doctors and nurses, trying to keep the children of these loons safe and alive, are threatened for doing so. PEOPLE! WAKE UP! This is not how rational human beings behave!!! Or is it? Are people completely losing the ability to disagree in a civilized manner?
Something to ponder
Our friend Jerry, aka Grumpy1180, left a comment on my post about Andrew Cuomo’s resignation that I found very astute …
I’ve had several epiphanies since leaving the Republican Party. Here’s one of them: When a Republican “leader” gets caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar–or his or her pants down, or choose your cliche–Republican followers turn on the accusers, the law enforcers, the court system, the media, and anyone else who would dare to question the integrity of their hero. They side with the person over the principle. When a Democrat leader gets caught violating a law or an important social norm, Democrat voters say, essentially, “Sorry, _____. I liked you, but principles come first. Time for you to move on and be replaced by someone who understands the importance of upholding crucial, society-sustaining principles.”
Think about that for a minute … he’s right! Did you hear a single Republican call for Trump’s resignation in light of his many proven sexual harassment accusations, his lies, his corruption? He even admitted to some of them, yet not a whisper was heard from Republicans in or out of Congress. When confirmation hearings were being held for Brett Kavanaugh to occupy a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, and a highly credible woman accused him of sexual assault, who did Republicans turn on? The woman, not Kavanaugh. And more recently … have you heard a single Republican call for Representative Matt Gaetz, who is being investigated on sex trafficking charges, to step down?
Think about it … which party has shown integrity? Jerry is right … it damn sure ain’t the Republican Party!