Outrage is in the air, and justly so. It brings to mind the question of where has our outrage been?

Why are we not outraged at the loss of our senior citizens and veterans who were put in the care of for-profit institutions during the recent viral outbreak?

Where is our outrage for the lack of empathy and care for the addicted? How many children went to bed last night with a parent that is lost in addiction? How many of them actually lost a parent addiction?

Where is our outrage for the way our mentally ill are bounced to the street and left homeless with no real treatment?

Where is our outrage that in spite of increased spending, the buildings are falling apart, the teachers are underpaid and the public school system is failing our children?

Where is our outrage that we can spend billions of dollars supporting the armies of other countries but we cannot provide health care for every American?

Finally, where is our outrage that in the blink of an eye governors across this country took away the fundamental right that this country was founded on – The right to gather and practice our religion?

Gwen Lefler

Monrovia

(16) comments

des21

Outrage is in the air?[rolleyes]

gary4books

President Eisenhower once said "The Army is not what it used to be and it never was." Some history that we imagine is just what we may have never learned and the last big health problem was more than a hundred years ago. I suggest we check the real history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarantine#United_States. Wikipedia writes: "Quarantine law began in Colonial America in 1663, when in an attempt to curb an outbreak of smallpox, the city of New York established a quarantine. In the 1730s, the city built a quarantine station on the Bedloe's Island.[65] The Philadelphia Lazaretto was the first quarantine hospital in the United States, built in 1799, in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[66] There are similar national landmarks such as Swinburne Island and Angel Island. The Pest House in Concord, Massachusetts was used as early as 1752 to quarantine those suffering from cholera, tuberculosis and smallpox."

DickD

I believe in God, I like going to church, but religion will be there for me whether I go to church or not. I don need an audience to talk to God and to practice my religious beliefs.

Nothing irritates me more than those who only go to church Easter Sunday and Christmas. Nor, do I need a minister to scream the bible and you have those who attend church and forget what religion is all about. If you can support elected officials that lie, cheat employees of wages, preach hate and are divisive you are not religious no matter how much you go to church.

public-redux

“Nothing irritates me more than those who only go to church Easter Sunday and Christmas.”

What does it irritate you so much that other people practice their religion differently than you do?

“If you can support elected officials that lie, cheat employees of wages, preach hate and are divisive you are not religious no matter how much you go to church.“

It speaks volumes that you associate lying and cheating with being non-religious. What bigotry!

Greg F

That’s not practicing religion, that’s making a show for others on key days so you can say your all sanctemoneous and holier than thou and to others seem like you are devout...but it’s a hollow attempt to show off only when others are looking.

public-redux

1) “That’s not practicing religion”. 2) “that’s making a show for others on key days so you can say your all sanctemoneous and holier than thou and to others seem like you are devout...”

1 and 2 are not mutually exclusive.

Greg F

Making a show for others to see...Matthew 6:5:6....would seem to say you would be the hipocrite for doing so.

public-redux

Are you suggesting that hypocrisy is not part of religion?

hayduke2

Sure, and like the pastor who defied and held his service, people have been exposed to the potentially fatal virus. It includes a defiant pastor who died of the virus - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/bishop-gerald-glenn-coronavirus.html

Another 180 folks exposed in northern California and elsewhere. Knuckleheads.

Greg F

Anyone died from that should have the pastor charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Dwasserba

Wait let me get my compass

public-redux

First, the right to gather and practice one’s religion is not “the” fundamental right our country was founded on. It is one of a sizable handful.

Second, religious gatherings were not singled out; all such gatherings were restricted. Equality seems like persecution only when one is accustomed to privilege.

Greg F

You were ok until that last one. Go right ahead and practice your religion...except that you seem to forget there is a state and national emergency going on and the powers that exist to combat that, which as far as religion goes, simply takes steps to protect everyone from the virus. Those mandates affect gatherings equally regardless of religion or no religion and only your ability to gather to practice in mass. You are still feee to believe in whatever unicorns fascinate and placate you, just not in groups where you can spread this disease. Wouldn’t your god want you to keep others safe instead of being selfish that you must pray in a group setting or on the street corner? Matthew 6:5:6 says a lot about that you apparently chose not to read. When your religious or other gatherings affect the well being of others, keeping others safe takes a front seat over your need to gather in a group. It never took your book, your thoughts and beliefs or told you to stop them.

mrnatural1

Well said Greg. [thumbup]

jsklinelga

GregF

"Wouldn’t your god want you to keep others safe.." [thumbup][thumbup]

public-redux

“Wouldn’t your god want you to keep others safe ...”

She doesn’t identify her god. However, if her god is one of the currently more popular ones, then a non-biased reading of their holy scriptures reveals that the answer is “no, those gods aren’t interested in the safety of people.”

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