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Creating racism to fight racism

How do people think that fighting racism with more racism will solve our problems? If it is racist if ‘white’ is used somewhere, then it is also racist if ‘black’ is used to determine who gets something. For this blog, I’m going to use black and white since that seems to be the current focus. Although you should be able to insert any race and get the same answer.

I want to be sure we are on the same page, so here is the definition of racism:

racism rā′sĭz″əm►

  • n.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
  • n.Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
  • n.The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.

Allow me to share some examples…

Here is a headline that I saw yesterday, “After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn’t racist”

Is it racist? Yes! Replace ‘white’ with ‘black’ in that headline. Is it still racist? Yup. Okay, that was am easy one. Let’s look at another example:

“New, $62 million fund for Black Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…”

Guys, that’s racist too. What if the headline read, “New, $62 million fund for White Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…” Racist. If it is racist with one color in it, it is racist for any color to be singled out.

My husband made a podcast discussing how we in America decided to vaccinate frontline caregivers first for Covid. It sounds noble. But a deeper look into the reasoning behind the decision is disturbing. The elderly are at greatest risk of dying to Covid. But it is mostly white people who live to be old. There are many reasons this could be true, but instead of trying to solve underlying issues that cause such things, we should just let the whites die off. It will give us an opportunity to level the field. This is not my opinion, it is the opinion of professor Herald Schmidt.

“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

https://reason.com/2020/12/18/vaccine-cdc-essential-workers-elderly-racial-covid-19/

When Doug brought this up, I was skeptical. But, a quick search brought up many articles covering this topic. Not only is this racist, it is tiptoeing along the border of eugenics. If you want to listen to his podcast on this topic, you can find it below.

Can I be too white to save?
Christianity, podcast, Politics, Social Issues

Double standards are no longer surprising

The Red House in Portland. If you have not heard of it – I would urge you to look it up and take a few moments to read about this situation.

What if you or I decided we didn’t want to pay our bills, and when eviction came, we put up barriers, closing off streets, recruited armed guards to set up booby traps for anyone who dates to enter our zone, and demanded to negotiate with officials?

Would we be viewed as innocent victims who are in need of help? As people who should be negotiated with at all?

We would be rooted out, arrested, evicted, and punished. That is what would and should happen. But not to ‘some’ people with the correct ideology who use all of the best buzzwords in the right city. They get to endanger their neighborhoods, the police and threaten other civilians. They expressed intent to cause harm to people who are not welcomed.

This just one example, out of SO many, of the double standards that are based on which side you belong to politically. Doug’s latest podcast talks about this. You can listen to it here:

… and justice for all
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What should churches do during Covid times?

My family has done a lot of praying over this question.  At first, we were all for locking things down for a few weeks.  Remember 14 days to sloe the spread?  Flatten the curve?  It’s just for a little while to make sure we don’t overwhelm the hospitals.  I bought into it, slightly skeptical, but I did.

Our churches closed down and went to online services.  It was okay… for a short time.  But I really struggle with immersing myself in an online service.  Here is how it looks for me:

1. I’m going to actually PAY ATTENTION today.

2. What? *looks at child* Okay I’ll grab a snack for you really quick.

3. *glances at the dishes in the sink as I walk to the pantry* It won’t take me very long to load the dishwasher if I go fast.

4. *notices chocolate smeared all over the dish towel*  I’ll just toss it on top of the washer and come right back.

5. I can’t just leave ALL of these towels on top of the washer.  I’ll just pop them in and start a load.

6. *sees washer full of clothes from night before* I will just switch over laundry so I can start this load then I’ll be done.

7. Bet you know what happened with the dryer.

8. I can fold clothes while I watch the last part of service. 

And on, and on.  Online church is not the way it was meant to be.  It should be a tool that you can use when you need it, but it should not be what a church relies on as the main way of coming together.

Churches should be open, taking whatever precautions they decide to use. It is Biblical to gather together, worship together and stir up one another to love and good works.

Take a listen to Doug’s latest podcast here, “What should Churches do during Covid times?”

Click the image to be taken to the latest podcast

https://anchor.fm/foruncommonsense/episodes/What-should-Churches-do-during-Covid-times-enq4c0

We always welcome comments, questions or feedback.  If you would like to email foruncommonsense@gmail.com Doug will get back to you, and possibly answer your question on his podcast. 

Christianity, podcast, Politics, Social Issues

The price of freedom

Today the price for freedom is taking a toll in a different way than it has in the past. We aren’t at war with an outside enemy as we have been to defend our country and our freedom. The battle is being fought much closer to home. Some businesses in Washington are opening despite the mandates, and are being fined heavily for such defiance. The support from the community is ongoing, but the fines are building. In the podcast for today, Doug talks about the small businesses that are bravely fighting for freedom, and the mounting fines they are facing.

What Do Liberals Want To Say To Conservatives? Uncommon Sense Podcast – Christianity and Politics

Two perspectives of different liberals and what they think of Conservatives. Which one is more to reality of what they think? — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/foruncommonsense/message
  1. What Do Liberals Want To Say To Conservatives?
  2. Trans-Gender Activists Are On The Attack
  3. FOMO Friday: Hunter, Kamala, DeSantis, Biden, And Beyond Meat
  4. Inspirational Quotes – by Kamala Harris
  5. Biden Gaffes

Christianity, Social Issues

When the mundane becomes forbidden

It’s not normal to be masked all the time. Our natural immune systems are built by being exposed to germs. It’s how we are designed! I read an article by a health department somewhere that illnesses of all varieties are increasing. Who didn’t see this coming with all the hand sanitizer, mask wearing and isolation from one another?

We are blessed to attend a church that remains Biblical in it’s views on gathering together, and also in worshipping. Last night we went to a Christmas party held at our church. They have a sign at the door that talks about how the governor says we should wear masks, but if you don’t – they assume you have a medical reason and that’s that. Almost everyone in our church is allergic to illogical mandates, and has a case of common sense. Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, don’t wipe boogers on one another. Wear a mask if you want to, don’t if you don’t.

It felt almost surreal to enter a building with others without masks. Like thieves stealing away into the night or something. It’s forbidden, but it should be mundane. I’m a very non-confrontational person, so being bold makes me squirmy. Soon I noticed that nobody was even giving anyone a second glance or judging anyone about their choice. It was just Christians sharing some Christmas love and having a good time.

Every day of our lives, we make risk versus reward decisions. Whenever we get into a car, have a surgery, when we cross a street, when people smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, when we go swimming, or even when we sit down to eat a meal. There is risk to every single thing we do in life. We judge wether or not the risk of doing the thing is worth the personal reward. Nobody but you can decide that for yourself. That’s called freedom.

Could we get the Rona? Yes. We could. It is a contagious virus. With an extremely high survival rate. We could get the flu, or pneumonia, or food poisoning, or… You get it. If people want to stay away from our family because of our risky behavior, by all means, do that. In fact, I encourage you to stay far, far away from us. In the meantime, we will continue to live our lives and enjoy this short time we have in earth.