Sad Day in American History

NOTE: I’m sure many of my friends will have a different opinion than me, and that my post will sound condescending. I more than likely do not mean it as condescending to you, just venting about the country we live in. If you are fixated on the idea that it might be meant as condescending towards you, well then hey, maybe it is. I don’t care tonight. Tonight we sleep, tomorrow we start the fight again.

Tonight is the saddest night in American History. The country has voted for hate tonight, and I want to say I’m sorry to everyone. I’m sorry to all the women in this country that we now have a President who thinks it is okay to talk about grabbing women “by the pussy”. I’m sorry to all the Hispanics that we have a President now that thinks you are all rapists and felons. I’m sorry to all the African Americans that we now have a President that is endorsed by the KKK. I’m even more sorry that we have a Congress, and a Senate, and soon a Supreme Court that will buckle under any bullying from such a President (fronted by the same party) thus making our system of Checks and Balances all but null.

It is not okay that tonight less than 1/3rd of our population voted, and less than half of that voted for a man that is unequivocally unfit to be President, and unfit to lead our country. It’s so depressing that our country is in such a state. I honestly don’t know what is to be done. I am ashamed of you tonight America.

To my friends that are religious and still voted for such a man, it is so frustrating and painful that you could be okay voting for such a man. Rationalize it how you will; He says it like it is. He is a horrible person but she lies a lot. He is a horrible person but he has good plans. He is a horrible person but I’ve always voted Republican. He is a horrible person but I can’t vote for anyone else. He’s a good businessman so it’s okay that he says all these bad things about everyone else. Rationalize it anyway you like, tonight you endorsed all that he has said and done by casting your vote for him, and that is a very poor reflection of any worthwhile religion that you think you belong to. If your religion excuses voting for such a person, that’s probably not a good group to belong to. There, I said it. Hate me for it if you want, I honestly could not care less anymore.

In the past, elections have been about the differences on the issues. This election was not about the real issues, and you cannot make that claim. It was about race (racism), sex (sexism), terror (terrorism) hatred, and corporate interests. If those are issues that you can take the Trump stance on, I feel sad for you and your family.

I hope America gets through this, and maybe we will. I hope we don’t end up in a ridiculous war because someone insinuated that Trumps pinky finger is a bit smaller than the average pinky finger. We will see I guess. I hope that my friends of different ethnicity, different cultures, different sexual orientations are not bullied or bothered by those who are empowered by this horrible day.

For those people that are happy the election is over and don’t really care who won, won’t affect your life, you are part of the problem too and you should be ashamed of yourself. People have died for your right to vote and you don’t give a damn, so maybe you shouldn’t have a damn opinion about anything that happens in the country for the next 4 years? That work for you? Cause it definitely works for me, I really don’t want to hear your opinion, or your analysis of my long blog.

Whatever America, go watch your reality tv I guess. Commence the belittling of my post, bring it on. But yeah, in finished, I’m sorry to those who are sane and see how horrible this day is.

Angry at the State of Things

This is my first post in a long time, and it is mostly out of anger with how things are currently. I promise to try to update more, but right now this is what I’m posting. Please read!

So I almost never place myself into discussions like these, but tonight I couldn’t resist. We have just had ANOTHER mass shooting in this country, and some people still just want to hug their guns so tight and pretend like they are nothing more than innocent tools used to protect themselves from the Red Coats that are always knocking down their doors at all hours of the night demanding quarter. I have no issues with someone owning a gun, but I do take issue with those who own them and then have prefabricated excuses at the ready for when they are used in violent crimes like these (EVERY DAY). Everyone immediately jumps to “but it’s not the gun that killed the people, it’s the person that did”. Okay, that’s fine, take that stance, if you can sleep soundly with it, but honestly is that how a civilized country should react to such a never ending, constant violence? How about a religious group? Until it is a possibility to say that we are safe from mass shootings like these, and until we have reached the point where this kind of thing is shocking again, and not a part of our numb, daily reality, perhaps we should take a look at the data WITHOUT our inherent political biases and actually look for a way to fix the freaking problem instead of ways to defend the fact that our founding fathers (over two hundred freaking years ago) needed guns to hunt their food, and protect from foreign enemies, and some of us still think that they would feel the same way about guns if placed in today’s society. (Take a long moment to ponder this and see if you can honestly make yourself believe that they would, I cannot though).Anyways, I await the never ending responses of “but the numbers are distorted” and “dagnabit they will never take my gun”

In closing, how about some perspective from a better source than me, hmmmmm, how about I don’t know, SCRIPTURE??! SURE, WHY NOT!

How about Alma 24?

And it came to pass that the Amalekites and the Amulonites and the Lamanites who were in the land ofAmulon, and also in the land of Helam, and who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about, who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, were stirred up by the Amalekites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren.

 And their hatred became exceedingly sore against them, even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king, insomuch that they would not that he should be their king; therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.

 Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi.

 And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God.

 Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.

 Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto the Lord that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.

 Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter: I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren, the Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers.

 And behold, I thank my great God that he has given us a portion of his Spirit to soften our hearts, that we haveopened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites.

 And behold, I also thank my God, that by opening this correspondence we have been convinced of our sins, and of the many murders which we have committed.

 10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.

 11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain—

 12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.

 13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.

 14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish; yea, and he has made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations.

 15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hidethem away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.

 16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shallgo to our God and shall be saved.

 17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

 18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.

 19 And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.

I know, a lot to read. I’m sorry about that, but I do hope with every fiber, that everyone pays special attention to the end. “They buried the weapons of war, for peace” I have been struggling with the faith recently-ish (or a bit longer I suppose), but this is something that I believe completely. If you put away the weapons of war, there will be peace. Thanks for reading this, and I do apologize for the snarkiness in parts, it’s been a long week.

Racism, Hatred, and Christianity

This post deals with racism and Christianity, and is a must read by everyone.

Diary of a Chocolate Woman

For those of you who are familiar with the Bible you may be familiar with Matthew 22:36-39, ” Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neigbour as thyself.”

Nowhere in those verses nor the teachings of Jesus Christ does it say love thy neighbor only if they are the same color as you, the same beliefs as you, the same sexual orientation as you, in the same economical class as you, etc. It clearly states, “love thy neighbour as thyself.” Do you love yourself? Then, why aren’t you loving your neighbor?

One cannot truly claim to be a Christian, which by definition means a believer of…

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How to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. according to Pastor France Davis

A good friend just started off her blog with a very powerful post that all of you should definitely read!

Diary of a Chocolate Woman

Before this last Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I did not know how to properly honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Every year it was just another holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I always thought about him and the many individuals who fought for justice and human rights. I would then share some of their inspirational quotes via social media. It would end there. What else was there to do?

Students received time off school, some businesses closed for the day, major shopping outlets held hugely discounted sales, and some people used their three day weekend to be as far away from home as possible.

I don’t blame anyone. I love a three day weekend as much as the next person. But Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just another three day weekend. It is a day of remembrance and opportunity to serve those around us.

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