The National Rifle Association held their annual in Houston, Texas. They are showcasing women members and emphasizing that increasingly it's not just men who own firearms and oppose gun-control efforts.
Ruth G: Battlefront American Jurisprudence Devil's Advocate Sunday Sept. 25, 2016 My worship experience today included two churches. St. Andrew Catholic Church, Pasadena. Father Paul Sustyta is inspired and inspiring his congregation to be active participants in socially redeeming causes for the poor. Of course the power of the Catholic Church in the world is pervasive and unavoidable. My only problem today was that the prayer skirted the issue of police shootings and did not call for an end. I was startled that on the one hand the Catholic Church could demonstrate so much compassion for the poor and the hungry, and yet on the other hand be ambiguous and indecisive about police shooting unarmed people. Perhaps Because the people being killed are Black they feel the shootings are automatically justified. Or perhaps they do no feel that anyone has the right to question the decisions of authority figures. These are mostly Hispanics, Euroasians, Immigrants from Asia and South America, The Near East, and South East Asian nationals. Perhaps they feel that America should be run in just the same way as other fascist dictatorships. I definitely had issues with their evasive policy on police shootings. I was surprised by this pretending at being uncertain about the difference between right and wrong. They seemed to have no innate sense of it. It seems that they were waiting for someone to decide for them whether police shootings are right or wrong. Can you imagine not knowing for your self that it is wrong to kill people. It is difficult for me to imagine that anybody could be that vacuous. All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena But of course All Saints always has something socially redeeming going on all the time. I must confess that when I woke up this morning and realized that it was Sunday again, the first thought that came mind was 'which lions den shall I go to today'? That is sign that what we had is no longer there, it has been obliterated completely. And what actually is there doesn't really make me feel better. I just try to cope with the dissatisfaction, and the actors and the player, and the drama and the theatre of it all. But it is all ephemeral. It vanishes, disappears, the stage is left there, but the actors and players are gone back to their real lives after playing their parts, and characterizations, and doing their walk-ons and their sound bytes. They are "in character, and they are out of character. They are on stage and they are off stage. It's a fantasy. They are reading their scripts, doing their monologue. It's an act. It's a fantasy designed to replicate a past homogeneous world which was disrupted and then obliterated. It is a way of coping with the present by trying to put the remnants back together, and to at least keep the memory alive. Well, I picked up a lot of literature today from the tables on the lawn. Including voting literature for the coming November 8 th election.