Baghdad in Boston

 

For a Moment the World is Smaller

Baghdad Bombing

Yesterday in Iraq there were explosions in Baghdad, Fallujah, Tikrit, Samarra, and Hilla.  The BBC reports that 20 car and roadside bombs were employed.  Thirty-one people were killed and over 200 injured.  Such bombings are commonplace in Iraq and elsewhere.

A bit of Baghdad came to Boston yesterday.

It was Patriot’s Day when the famous opening skirmishes at Lexington and Concord signaled the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.

Lexington and Concord

The British were preempting the colonists, out to relieve them of their powder and cannon.  The initial fighting may have been “accidental” and the rest of it was confused but at least it was out in the open.

The timing and place of yesterday’s horror is deeply suspect and freighted with suggestions of liberty and revolution.  If so, it is a bestial attempt to appropriate symbols of the birth of America.

Boston

Our pluralistic and democratic society is remarkably free from the concussions of violent anarchy.  Still, we are prey to those who wish to de-stabilize society, be they from within or without.

Our diversity as a country is the best protection against those that would seek to destroy it.  Allowing people the space to have and express a wide a variety of views and opinions is the bedrock of American Democracy.

If America is a bit like Baghdad this morning, we can for a moment understand their struggle but we can also commit ourselves to unifying around the primary principle that makes us a free and diverse land: mutual respect for others.

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Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
I marvel at your ability to entirely miss the point. I did not choose those verses. They were chosen by the supporters of slavery to justify their actions. Does the historical truth offend you so?
2015-06-28 01:41:06
Smiles
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
You two do realize that exodus and Leviticus is pretty much a history lesson for the days of Moses. People had different rules and lived in a time far gone by. I don't know what kind of Christian people you two deal with but as a Christian who grew up attending and currently still attends…
2015-06-28 00:47:28
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
Thank you,Tim. Eric
2015-06-27 21:27:36
Tim McMenamin
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
Eric my Brother, I agree with your comparison of slavery and LGBTQ rights. Because you were trying to show how the Rethuglicans were using the bible to justify LGBTQ discrimination, when the bible also justified slavery. Blair the LGBTQ community or "the gays" as you referred to are not using bullying tactics, they were demanding…
2015-06-27 21:06:41
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
"Why do you continue to put two different things together to make a point. " B- It's a fairly common practice, actually. It's called "comparison." Here's a definition which may help you: "the act of suggesting that two or more things are similar or in the same category" Your most humble and obedient servant, Eric
2015-06-27 15:26:57
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