Note: This piece originally appeared in Religion News Service. The LGBTQ community continues to bear a disproportionate amount of hateful gun violence in America. It has been a week since the Club Q shooting ...
I offer my prayers and love to the families, co-victims and survivors of all of those killed and injured in the Parkland school shooting. As I watched the hearing this morning I remembered sitting in a...
"Claiborne added that he understood that the bipartisan legislation 'is the most substantial gun reform bill that we’ve seen in 30 years. But what we also heard is how dysfunctional our political process is — because there’s so much more that’s needed.'"
Sharletta’s story of forgiveness and extensive work to offer the opportunity for restitution and restoration for offenders is awe-inspiring. It’s an example of what it looks like to no longer learn how to make war. It’s what we’re called to do when we choose to carry a plow instead of a gun.
Our society has also chosen to sacrifice our children, not merely in a valley but in our schools, churches, theaters, concerts, restaurants, grocery stores, homes, and basically any other place in our society. And as our children are killed at the altar of a semiautomatic idol, high priests like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, and Jonathan Falwell help the NRA damn us all to this hell.
What if we were to attack instead of retreat? What if, in place of despair or even a secure defense, we were to perpetrate an all-out offensive on the things that threaten to divide us: antisemitism, racism, domestic (what a word) violence, the prevalence, and ease of acquisition of guns, America’s preferred instrument of destruction?
We Americans are much slower to see the idols of our own times and cultures.
The Red Letter Christians’ gathering went on despite the cancellation of the NRA event.