Thursday, July 28, 2011

Guilford County & Political Correctness

I received an e-mail yesterday that brought my blood to a boil and stretched the veins in my head to the breaking point. It seems that at the Guilford County Commissioners Meeting on July 21, the invocation was given by an Imam representing a local mosque.

While Muslims account for less than one per cent of the population in North Carolina, politicians go out of their way to cater to these folks. Why are we so worried about offending these people? I mean, other than their goal of destroying all those who do not believe as they do, why are we worried?

I believe that the Commission Chairman is responsible for the choice of the person giving the invocation. If he doesn't choose the person, he is responsible for the conduct of the meeting. That makes it his responsibility. That person would be Skip Alston, the famous racist. I have previously mentioned Skip, but he's worthy of another couple of shots. If Skip is merely trying to give all religions a chance to be represented at the meetings, let's examine his record. How many other religions has he invited? Is he as concerned about Mormons as he is Muslims? When was a Mormon last invited to deliver the invocation? Guilford County has a pretty strong Quaker community, when did a Quaker last lead the prayer?

How about other groups? Skip, tell us about the representation of these religions at meetings. Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christian Scientists, Anglicans, Amish, Moravians, Mennonites, and let's not forget the atheists. I'm serious, there is a local atheist group that meets at the restaurant every two weeks. Has Skip reached out to all of these groups?? Or does political correctness apply only to groups who have vowed to wipe the rest of us from the face of the earth?

Skip does not grasp the concept of the Internet and e-mails. A local minister e-mailed Skip about the Imam and the invocation. Skip responded with a rambling (even more than my writing) response. What politician would be so stupid as to send this response to a constituent? The great news is that it is an e-mail and easy to distribute. I didn't see the minister's original message, but it doesn't matter. If were Skippy, I would have responded with a simple "Thanks for sharing your opinions. I will consider them.". Not Skip, here's his response.

Your comments really do not deserve a response at all. However, since you said you are a minister, I only hope that you are not serving the same God that I am serving, because the God that I serve says to love all people. And you my dear sister are preaching hate for people, even though they might only be 2% of the population. It is not my place to tell people how to worship and who to worship. Neither is it your place. I respect all people of all races and religion and as a preacher or minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, you should also. In other words, you should practice what you preach. Or what you should be preaching, which is to love thy neighbor as thy self. A true messenger of God does not hate anyone and do not pass judgment on anyone. I suggest that you go and read your bible and then feel free to respond back to me.

May God shine his blessing upon you and allow you to see the good that is in all people.
Thanks for clearing that up, Skip!! The "dear sister" part was interesting as the minister is a man.

There are those among you reading this who are thinking, why is Gilbert worried about Muslims? Born and raised in the South, I am reluctant to quote Abraham Lincoln, but I will in this case. This is from his address before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois on January 27, 1838.

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years."

"At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

Our present actions or inactions are a prelude to suicide!


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