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12:13am 14/01/2011

So, of course, we just can't be happy. Nope. We could have had the Pope there and it would have been too Catholic. A rabbi, too Jewish. Oprah, too talk showy. Seriously. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT?

From Power Line, a blog, we get this regarding the invocation from Carlos Gonzales, a member of the Pascua Yaqui nation:

As for the "ugly," I'm afraid I must cite the opening "prayer" by Native American Carlos Gonzales. It was apparently was some sort of Yaqui Indian tribal thing, with lots of references to "the creator" but no mention of God. Several of the victims were, as I understand it, quite religious in that quaint Christian kind of way (none, to my knowledge, was a Yaqui). They (and their families) likely would have appreciated a prayer more closely aligned with their religious beliefs.

I think that you will find that most people, regardless of religious leanings, are appreciative of any kind words in a time of grief or suffering. There are many American Indians who are Catholic, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc etc etc and there are also those who still go with the whole Mother Earth Father Sky thing. It's all groovy, dude, just chill and feel the blessings wash over you.

Here is one from the Washington Examiner:

Regardless of one's view of Pantheism, its prominent inclusion at the opening of a memorial service on a state-run university campus featuring a lengthy list of public officials would seem, by the familiar expressions of liberal multicultural conventional wisdom, a blatant violation of separation of church and state.

But, thank goodness for this:

Fortunately, the organizers could not control the content of the speakers' presentations. President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano all included moving passages of Old and New Testament scripture, thus connecting them and their listeners to the most comforting language, symbols and values shared by the vast majority of Americans.

I would just like to point out that Arizona has a large American Indian population. For realsies. The name of our city, for example, comes from the indigenous population. We are home to the Cochise stronghold, Geronimo, and rockin' Hopi stuff. I mean, COME ON!

I'm really just sick of it. Seriously.
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06:36pm 14/01/2011 (UTC)
As seen in today's Daily Star:

Be still. Be still and be thankful for what you have.

And when you hear yourself saying "Yes, but . . . " - be still.

Be still and be thankful for what we have.

Instead of looking for what's missing, or finding the shortcomings in another person's actions or words, think of the good.

So when the caller rings up, as one did Thursday morning, and demands to know why President Obama did not identify by name the two men who tackled the gunman on Saturday, and how could he not do that and why did one person get to sit in the front row at the memorial service but others were several rows back, and he should have said this or that - we have but a request:

Be still. Be thankful for what you have.

Give each other the benefit of the doubt.

Everyone in Tucson, and those around the country and the world, has been touched by the horrific shootings in some way. We are all, each of us, hurting.

The urge to criticize, to find fault and concentrate on what one thinks is missing might be a natural human response. But we should stop ourselves. It only adds to the angst and the sorrow that people feel. It drags us down when we need to be supporting one another.

There is no need to argue over who acted with greater heroism: the two men - identified as Roger Salzgeber and Bill D. Badger - who wrestled the gunman to the ground; or the woman, Patricia Maisch, who got the ammunition magazine away from the shooter; or the intern, Daniel Hernandez Jr., who put pressure on Rep. Gabby Giffords' head wound and held her up so she wouldn't suffocate on her own blood.

Each one is a hero. Recognizing one does not diminish the others. It is futile to argue, as some people have started to do, that one is more important than another.

Instead of concentrating on how we think someone should have been honored or how someone else should have acted, please extend empathy. Maybe there is a reason we don't know. Coming back to "yes, but . . . " does not change what has happened, and it does not add to the healing that must begin.

Instead of criticizing, find something good to say. Instead of diminishing the heroism of one, celebrate the bravery of all. Instead of finding fault, find the positive.

Find the way ahead.

Be still. And be thankful for what you have.

Edited at 2011-01-14 06:37 pm (UTC)
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