“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice,
is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,
since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
(a caged collared aracarai / Parrot Mt. and Gardens, Pigeon Forge, TN/ Julie Cook / 2020)
If your senses have been on election overload, you may not
be aware that there are some other very serious news stories taking place.
If you haven’t been paying attention, you may have missed that France has had to raise
its terror threat level to its highest mark due to a recent spate of terroristic attacks
throughout the country.
The attacks, three of which involved machetes, and or knives, left several innocent
individuals dead, decapitated along with many others wounded.
“Allahu akbar” was the cry each attacker was heard to shout over and over while
innocent people had their heads violently lopped off.
These attacks, with three happening within the past two months,
come at the moment when France’s President, Emmanuel Macron
is putting France back under its pandemic lockdown.
Maybe another lockdown will help the innocents keep their heads.
One recent victim was a history teacher in northern Paris who literally
lost his head for having shared with his class some of the political cartoons
published by the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo…of which had
lead to some of France’s deadliest terror attacks back in 2015.
This week’s latest victims in Nice had been attending church.
Three were killed, one decapitated, while others were left wounded.
Maybe perhaps you’ve at least heard of the more local violence taking place
here at home.
Violence that has been written off as civil protests due to police violence.
An eye for an eye has become the people’s mindset…
matters not the original offense.
And with that comes the excuse to rob, steal, and take that which is
not theirs to take.
It’s a ‘Black Friday’ each and every night in our major cities as masses
smash, loot, and grab…taking whatever they want…
Did you happen to catch the image of the fellow carting off a
washing machine from the looting of a Walmart in Philidelphia?
What does the stealing of washing machines have to do with the discontent
of precieved police violence?
But then again, I don’t think Joe Biden or any of the Democratic party seem to “get it.”
126 days and counting in Portland, Oregon of violent unrest.
NYC you ask?
Well, just don’t go.
Burning, looting, rioting, violence…
From sea to shining sea.
Chicago has had over 500 homicides.
Philidelphia, the city of brotherly love, has been racked by mass lootings and violence
all this week.
And yet our progressive liberal politician’s focus is on locking down
along with pandemic preemptives.
All the while, they turn a blind eye to the unrestrained violence and stealing…
Riots and mass looting, which are taking place during a time of mandated social distancing,
madatory mask wearing and a variety of versions of lockdowns, just doesn’t make sense.
I just don’t know anymore.
Italy has locked down again, totally.
And Milan is rife with protests due to the now reoccuring loss of freedom.
Small businesses and restaurants have been given a death sentence.
Just like many businesses here.
I don’t know the answer.
But one thing I do know…we are a skewed people.
We no longer know right from wrong.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world,
but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear
that their deeds will be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 3: 19-21