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Three things that are on my mind. Except for the first quote, I mention no names. I have no intention of violating anyone's privacy.

1. Poor, battered Rodney King, all those years ago, pleading "Can't we all just get along?"

2. Some years before that, my sister told me a lovely story. She was walking one way; a handsome young Black man (is it still okay to say "Black" in this context?) was walking the other. As they passed each other, he smiled at my blonde, blue-eyed sister and said, "You're beautiful." She smiled back and they each went on their way.

3. Yesterday, one of "my kids" came to visit me at the library. She came with her girlfriend/partner.This young woman had been on my very first teen advisory board as a tween. She'd helped write our first mystery in the library. She told me a little bit about her life - she's living in the city, studying for her doctorate. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time. It was so lovely of them to come and see me. And then—

Orlando happened. Just a few hours later. As some of you know, Im Catholic, fairly conservative in some ways. And I know what I think.

Those two young women were showing God's love. God is love. Those who live in love and in joy are with God. That's what I believe in the core of my being.

Let us all do all we can, everywhere, to stop the hate.

That is all.

Date: 2016-06-14 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(is it still okay to say "Black" in this context?)

Well, one would be hard-pressed to find a good synonym that also means what it's supposed to mean, right? :-\ "Dark-skinned"? (Which is too broad) "People of color"? (Also too broad and is basically as offensive as "colored people") "Black" is neutral enough. The Chinese for it is 黑人 which simply means "Black people" and has been used in all sorts of contexts including official statements back in the 60s and 70s in support of the black liberation and civil rights movements, and no one said the Chinese Communists were being racists for wording it like that. It's sad that westerners especially Americans have been so entrenched in PC like this.

(On another note, we here also have no problem using the term "yellow people" which is more accurate than "Asian", because there are white people, yellow people and also brown people in Asia.)


Cherish the tolerance and open-mindedness a big majority of your religion has, it was paid for in brain cells and blood by the pioneers in the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment movements.

(Also, I need to read up on your posts where you share a bit more about your conservative Catholicism.)

Date: 2016-06-14 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wouldn't say I am a conservative Catholic. On the contrary. What I said was that, being a practicing Catholic, I am conservative in some ways. (more on this below) As to my Catholicism:
1. My Dad supported the Catholic Worker movement. I grew up reading the "Worker".
2. A very dear priest who died this January was a liberation theologian. I also strongly agree with that.
3. I think Pope Francis is great!
4. And I often disagreed with John Paul II, though I thought him a good man. In particular, he had a real bee in his bonnet about communism, and did not emphasize that untrammeled capitalism is, in its own way, just as bad. He was also way too conservative about women.

So - what I meant when I said this was shorthand. And this is what it's shorthand for. I am not sure what I think about offering gay couples the Sacrament of marriage. The Sacraments are important, to be sure, but not all of us are called to receive every single one. For example, I doubt that I'll ever be either married or ordained. And that's okay.

I do strongly support civil unions and equal rights for gay couples. They absolutely should be able to legally marry in the eyes of the state. Not sure my lovely girl was married, as of yet, but, if that's what she wants, more power to her!

Anyway, I am so sickened and saddened by the violence in this country. Orlando was terrible. That man should never have been allowed to have a gun - but that's another rant.

Hope that helps! It was a surprise to me that it's okay to call Chinese people "yellow". I would think that was offensive, so thanks for clarifying.

Date: 2016-06-14 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, one more thing. Some of the most illuminating thinkers of the faith --people who were real pioneers -- lived either during the (much maligned) Middle Ages or the Counterreformation. I'm thinking of Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Teresa of Avila. All of them had their troubles, I think; I know that St. Teresa was a target of the Inquisition. My point is that it's a falsehood that all humanism and/or depth of thought arose during the Renaissance or after. Remember my post on progress? It's not linear. In the case of the Catholic church and the growth of knowledge, etc, the Black Death slammed people back a couple of centuries, I think. I'm not an historian, though. But I get the strong impression that there was all sorts of thought and exploration going on in the 12th century that came to a screeching halt because of the Black Death and the devastation it wrought. To give just one example, the myth that people in the Middle Ages were dirty. Not really. Of course, they were not as clean as we, but they washed hands, faces, and teeth regularly and bathing was popular. The people who were dirty were the Elizabethans! Or so I have read.

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