A Catholic bishop calls out Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for advocating the removal St. Damian, a statue of St. Damian of Molekai located in the Capital building.
Bishop Robert Barron stated, “Just taking a couple of minutes out of my day here because I felt the need to respond to something I came across that was just so outrageous. It was a tweet or an Instagram or something from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Bishop Barron continues: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was complaining about the presence of a statue in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building that she thought was, you know, a sign of colonialism and white supremacy. And the statue that she picked out of all the possible ones was of Saint Damien of Molokai.”
The Catholic bishop thought it was crazy and outraged, he questioned, “And I wonder, did she have any idea who Damien of Molokai was, this Belgian man who becomes a priest, member of a missionary order.
Damien of Molekai goes, mid 19th century, to Hawaii, works there for several years, and then volunteers to go to the island of Molokai, which the time was a place where lepers were sent. And at the time, they-. You know, there was no treatment. There was no cure. Those who had the disease were simply sent there to spend the rest of their lives and they would die there. Damien went, knowing full well that he would most likely never return from this ministry.”
Firenze Sage: This woman [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] purports to have a college degree and doe’s not recognize one of the most holy men ever.
Aptos Psychologist: This is more than ‘bias’. This is Democrat campaign tactics. Why suspend Trump’s account based on ‘information’ that has been widely reported in San Jose’s Mercury News and elsewhere? It’s largely been accepted that kids are less likely to get or transmit Covid-19. In some instances kids get a severe form of it.
Facebook’s ‘arbiter’ of “community standards” is an enforcer for limited free speech. Their version of free speech.
As for real ‘mis-information’, the public finds the media to blame for the political divide. 84% of the public blame the media for bias. That includes bias by Kamala Harris’ former press secretary aka arbiter of “community standards” for Twitter.
Trump does not ‘act Presidential’ some say. That’s what William DeLaArteaga writes in his recently published essay On Discerning Trump’s Character and Presidency.It’s available on Amazon with Kindle for $3.50. DeLaArteaga says Trump is full of ‘bull-shit’, that Trump is a narcissist and not a ‘gentleman President’.
A writer for the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter says that people hate Trump for his vulgarity, that he won’t walk away from a fight, that he’s blunt and that Trump has no ideology. Gelernter also says some hate Trump because he does not think men and women are interchangeable and because of Trump’s love of simple ideas that may work e.g., the recent view that perhaps a malaria drug used for 50 years can used as a preventative or cure for COVID-19.
So — why do you hate Trump? Don’t just say ‘he lies! Or, he’s a racist! Be specific!
written by Cameron Jackson email@example.com
The most important things in life, as you know, cannot be bought and one of those is a sense of ‘community’. People experience ‘community’ variously – one way is by participating in a church.
Another way is by going to a coffee house with or without friends. So how is ‘community’ experienced variously in Aptos ? How’s it working or not working where you live and work?
Churches — which typically meet once a week — are one way people experience ‘community’. Below are 3 examples of how ‘community’ is currently celebrated variously by three Aptos, CA churches. Some ways work better than others at creating ‘community’.
1) In some churches, people attending services look like masked bandits, everyone stays carefully 6′ apart and most leave the premises as soon as services are over. No singing and no touching or hugging others is encouraged.
2) Church attendees connect only via the Internet with Zoom type meetings offered. All in-person church related meetings which existed prior to the pandemic have been cancelled.
3) Some thing different from the above two. Some people wear masks and most do not. Plenty of chit chat and ‘how are you?’ conversation afterwards with flexible social distancing. Things sort of start on time with considerable attention to the needs of children. People recognize and welcome each other by name. Lots of families are present with lots of children interacting informally. Consideration is given about issues related to the pandemic with few hard and fixed rules.
Resurrection Catholic fits into category #1. In-person services continue at Resurrection Catholic in Aptos, CA. Resurrection Catholic now goes out of doors to celebrate community, It celebrates services outdoors during the week (Tues. -Fri at 10 am) and also out of doors on weekends (Sat at 5 pm and Sun. 10:15 am). You can also attend services from home via Zoom or YouTube. Important: For in-person services, be sure to bring and use your mask at Resurrection; you may have difficulty knowing who is standing 6 feet away from you. People leave services without much chit chat. You need to make a reservations ahead of time to attend Sat. 5 pm and Sun. 10:15 services. Click the link in the paragraph above for reservations.
St. John’s Episcopal fits into category #2. There’s still no in-person services held by the Episcopalians in Aptos, CA. Located across Highway #1 off State Beach Drive (next to the new skateboard park in Aptos) , the Episcopalians offer Zoom services only to create ‘community’. For their most recent Zoom service, click HERE. There’s no mention in St. John’s most recent e-news when in-person community services will occur. No in-person meetings of any kind are happening currently. Mother Tracy puts out a weekly email concerning worship services for the coming week.
Trinity Covenant Church (TCC) fits into category #3. Trinity Covenant offers several ways to connect on Sundays either in-person or via Zoom on the internet. Trinity Covenant, located just off highway #1 and Seascape Blvd, holds weekly service on Sundays at 10 AM.
Services ‘sort of’ start on time. Cars and people float into the church parking lot and building with the service largely starting close to 10 AM. Well behaved children get up during the service to get paper, pencils and crayons. People sit (some wear masks, many do not) either inside the building, outside at patio tables, in their cars in the parking lot or hear the service from home via Zoom. There’s live music with singing and Troy Martin, the pastor, preaches from a raised area in the auditorium. Families sit together (lots of children) with substantial social distancing in between families. People ‘say hi’ and chat informally after services. Newcomers are recognized and welcomed readily. A number of church families recently returned from time together at Big Sur, CA.
The Pacific Coffee Roasting House keeps all things flexible. There are a few tables inside. You used to be able to bring your own mug and now you cannot. You have to wear a mask inside but not outside on the patio. Located near the Aptos library, next door to Frank’s Pharmacy and within walking distance of a Best Western motel, you will hear various languages spoken on the patio outside Pacific Coffee Roasting Co. Most people do not wear masks as they share conversation, food and company. With a Zamian’s restaurant a stone’s throw away the patio area attracts people throughout the day. It’s a popular place in Aptos, CA to experience ‘a sense of community’ without masks.
written by Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
A Fordham University student is threatening to sue the university after it placed him on disciplinary probation related to two Instagram posts.
The first post on Instagram was a picture commemorating slain retired police Capt. David Dorn with the caption, “Y’all a bunch of hypocrites,” referring to the Black Lives Matter movement which the student dislikes.
The second post on Instagram was an image of Tong holding a legally acquired firearm and the caption, “Don’t tread on me,” along with a hashtag remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre, posted on the 31st anniversary of the event. Tong himself left China when quite young to escape the Chinese communists.
The letter from Fordham Dean of Students Keith Eldredge didn’t specify anything wrong with the Instagram posts other than the possession of a firearm, referring to social media posts “related to the current racial issues in the country and political issues in China.”
The refusal to specify what was wrong with them shows even Fordham knows how ridiculous this is, and referring to Tiananmen Square as a “political issue in China” sounds like it’s straight out of a Chinese propaganda handbook.
Fordham found that senior Austin Tong’s posts violated its policies on “bias and/or hate crimes” and “threats/intimidation.” The probation restricts his access to campus, forcing him to finish his degree online, and bars him from participating in extracurricular activities. The university also ordered Tong to complete implicit bias training and to write a letter of apology.
An art museum curator has resigned from his post at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art after outraging members of his staff by refusing to exclude white male artists.
Gary Garrels, the senior curator of painting and sculpture, was the target of a petition that garnered just over 250 signatures this month demanding that he resign after he refused to exclude white male artists.
The petition stated that Garrels offended many members of the staff by mentioning that the museum would “definitely still continue to collect white artists” during a presentation about diversifying collection efforts to include more work from nonwhite artists.
During his tenure at SFMOMA, Garrels organized early museum shows by Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, and Kara Walker, as well as retrospectives of the work of Vija Celmins, Bruce Conner, and Sol LeWitt. But his lasting legacy at SFMOMA may be tied to two very different initiatives: the museum’s extended loan deal of the Fisher Collection and its decision, last year, to auction off a painting by Mark Rothko for $50.1 million in order to create a dedicated fund to acquire work by female artists, artists of color, and LGBTQ+ artists. Works that have been acquired using the fund include pieces by Rebecca Belmore, Forrest Bess, Frank Bowling, Leonora Carrington, Lygia Clark, and Norman Lewis.
Black Lives Matters Inc. (BLM) has been much in the national news. BLM has held various demonstrations. What does BLM say about blacks killing fellow blacks, largely in their own neighborhoods? Nothing.
The corporate organization Black Lives Matter (BLM) has no message opposing killings by blacks of other blacks. BLM focuses on police killings of blacks and support de-funding the police as their ‘solution’. What will happen to black neighborhoods with even fewer people wearing blue are keeping the peace? More violence. Just recently, New York City removed 500 plain clothes police from street duty and violent crime in the City has skyrocketed.
So what to make of all this killing? Blacks kill other blacks in huge numbers. Unarmed blacks and whites get killed by the police.
So — is it ‘whitey’ that’s the real problem? Is racism — your racism–or ‘structural racism’ — is that’s the problem? Are you ‘woke’? Do you accept your supposed ‘white privilege’ guilt?
Maybe you’re a bit curious and willing to learn more about ‘white privilege’ and ‘structural racism’?
Well, there’s workshops out there that seek to ‘enlighten’ you.
I attended The Call of the Moment: an Anti-Racism Workshop offered via ZOOM by Dr. Lewis. About 1300 attended. Dr. Lewis plans more workshops in the future.
Dr. Jacqui Lewis, is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church located in New York City. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and has served in a senior position with Middle Collegiate for about 15 years.
Published on VOX on May 29,2020 is the following info:
And more than 16,000 people have already died in my city [New York] because the president failed to prepare for the coronavirus and did not prioritize giving New York the aid we needed. [Oh really? Factual problem here.]
Dr. Lewis continues: “So, while I’m horrified by the president’s callousness in demanding houses of worship be allowed to open, I cannot say I’m surprised. And I am not surprised by how many white Americans continue to support him — it is part of our country’s foundational white supremacy. Our social contract has always made its peace with brutality and death to secure the power of whiteness…..”
Given the strong bias against President Trump that Dr. Lewis clearly expresses, how ‘loose with the facts’ might Dr. Lewis be when she presents in an anti-racial workshop? More about the Workshop will be discussed in a separate post.
As. Dr. Lewis lays a huge number of societal problems at one person’s door — President Trump’s door — how likely is she to consider that behavior on the part of blacks is part of the problem as well as part of the solution?
Per the VOX post, Dr. Lewis blames Trump for killing twelve thousand people in New York City (where she lives and works). The facts do not support her allegations.
Dr. Lewis, as published by Vox, states ‘facts’ about Trump that are clearly erroneous for which there is no support.
Take Away: The workshop by Dr. Lewis on anti-racism makes no mention of the brutal violence that male Afro-Americans living in large Democrat controlled cities inflict on other individuals of their color, ethnicity and culture both on physical bodies and on black homes, businesses and neighborhoods. Black violent behaviors harming other blacks was not touched on in the workshop.
Dr. Lewis does talk about ‘holding environments’, that we find our identify in various contexts (home, school, church). She talks about that the first ‘holding environment’ — the womb. When bullets are flying near by that first ‘holding environment’ is at risk.
When black males (6% of the population) commit 50% of murders against their neighbors who are black what’s the effect on the ‘holding environments’ aka wombs of pregnant black women? Check the facts: Floyd George put a pistol to the stomach of a pregnant woman after pushing his way into her home. Dr. Lewis writes that there were bullets flying nearby when she was 8, living in Chicago, and it was learned that Martin Luther King had been assassinated.
I think it matters that Afro-Americans are killing, maiming children and aborting black babies in huge numbers. As stated above, 50% of all murders and robberies are committed by black men killing and robbing other blacks who are their neighbors.
In response to what I wrote about blacks killing blacks one person, an episcopal church leader wrote: “Those statistics point to the effects of years of ‘systemic racism’ that have left black people with little to no opportunity and isolated them in ghettos where violence prevails.”
A black author in the WSJ Jason Riley says differently. He writes that riots caused businesses to leave inner cities which resulted in social pathologies. Here are Riley’s words:
“A common assumption among liberals is that the movement of inner-city jobs to the suburbs in the late 1960s is what led to the higher rates of crime, violence and other social pathologies associated with ghetto life. But this gets the order wrong. The business flight took place after the rioting, not before. Will history repeat itself?”
Someone, a christian and member of an episcopal church, wrote on Facebook that a video by Candice Owen ‘made him feel sick’. He asked people to comment and received 50-60 comments in response.
Some said Candice Owens and Jason Riley, both black conservatives, are ‘shills’ Three disagreed including myself.
Aren’t you just a little more ‘woke’ now ? the person writing on his Facebook page asked of one dissenter. “I reject most of what ‘woke’ stands for” that person responded. Oh dear, not everybody buys into getting ‘woked’.
Another dissenter commented that for many years most major U.S. cities are run by black politicians …. ” My question: do these black politicians care about the blacks voters that put them in office? Why have these black politicians produced so little helpful to blacks?
My view: Why blame the huge numbers of blacks killing and robbing their black neighbors on something called ‘structural racism’ when it can just as easily be described as Democrat Party politics as usual? Why? Remember, 2020 is an election year and the Democrats prime goal is to remove Trump from office.
Churches are a main civic organization. So what has been the response of churches to Black Lives Matters and ‘structural racism’?
The Episcopal Church has been in the news lately. Remember the picture of Trump standing in front of the church across from the White House which had been torched the night before? Trump had a bible – that picture.
Rev. Curry head of the episcopal church in Washington D.C. says. “I really do believe that we’ve got to face the pain of our past and then work together to create new ways to create a new future.”.
I’ve found no discussion by Rev. Curry or other episcopal leaders as to the role blacks specifically play in the violence inflicted by blacks on their black neighbors. Nothing specific as to what blacks can and need to do. The episcopal stance appears to be ‘we stand against racism and structural racism…’
So what are some of the factors why black men commit 50% of all murders?
Listen to voices who published Letters in WSJ June 13-14, 2020: These letters cite Prof. Orlando Patterson’s essay “The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S.” (Review, June 6). One voice names the failure of black office holders. The number of black children born without a father in the home and black reliance on government programs instead of finding meaningful work is listed as another factor by another voice.
My views: It’s complicated and there’s many factors why black men commit 50% of all U.S. violent crimes. Something not talked about is the role of feminism and easy access to abortions. Feminism and ‘my body is my own to do as I please‘ comes to mind. Due to Planned Parenthood, there’s easy availability of abortion as a primary birth control method. In New York City more black babies are aborted than born.How do those young black almost-a-father and never-had-a-choice black men feel? Ask them.
Black fathers don’t appear to matter. What about self esteem issues and attaching value for who you are. Look at the Black Lives Matter website and you will find no role, no value, no interest in black fathers, black sons or black families with a mother and father as a married entity. Marriage and family and the place of the black man as father are not valued by Black Lives Matters. Take a look at their web site.
Self esteem comes from learning skills that are age grounded. Riding a bike at 4. Learning to read and later learning how to reason and think logically by early teens. These contribute to the development of self esteem. Learning a skill that can result in a wage is another crucial step for young people. The union controlled public schools produce poorly educated persons of all colors including young black men.
Effect of the unions. In the 1930’s thousands of young blacks went north to get jobs. The blacks had carpentry and other skills and got jobs. Then the Davis Bacon Act was passed which requires that ‘prevailing wages’ be paid. The act was passed to limit blacks from getting jobs. Time to change the law?
Recent events: Now we learn that a bad, bad white cop with 18 disciplinary actions killed a black man he knew (they were bouncers together) while several other cops stood by and did nothing. Those other cops were complicit and contributed to the death of that black. For years, that bad cop was protected by the police unions.
Yes — it’s time to rein in the power police unions. And time to rein in the school unions that produce poorly educated persons of all colors.
Unions for public employees. That is a major culprit. The police unions protect the bad cops. The school unions protect the bad teachers. Together as a result we get poorly educated young persons of all colors. And there are all sorts of factors why young black men take guns and kill and rob other blacks.
There’s no real bartering when the police and school unions sit down across the table from the politicians — the Democrats — who they paid to put in office. For example, t he SEIU paid $60 million to put Obama in office in 2008.
We don’t need ‘structural racism’ to explain why black Democrat politicians in large cities do nothing about the power of police unions and the power exerted by school unions.
Why unions for public employees stay in power: Old fashioned greed is a simple and better explanation why no change over the years. Both sides want more and both give to each other more to get more.
This is why there should not be public employee unions. There has to be an adversarial relationship when those representing the public purse sit down to discuss money with representatives of public schools and the police.
So what to do so young blacks stop killing and robbing other blacks? Become part of the solution. How?
Churches: Are you a member of a church? Get local churches to cooperate and work together. Episcopals with Catholics, Protestants and others — can work collaboratively to support family values that weaken and reduce the power of Hispanic and Black gangs. That’s a no brainer. Encourage young men to marry and staying married to the women with whom they have children. That’s also a no brainer. Intact families with a mother and father in the home create and raise children who go to college and get jobs. How support families? How and when? Do so around Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus into a family with a father in the home.
The organization Black Lives Matters: Call out Black Lives Matters for what it is — a marxist organization which is anti- nuclear family and puts forth policies and falsehoods which harm blacks. Look at their website carefully. There is no message on the BLM web site saying to black men to STOP killing other blacks. There is no support on the BLM web site for black fathers to marry the mothers of their children. There’s no discussion of the importance of male relationships between fathers and sons. And, there is no BLM message to young woman to ‘stop aborting black babies’ and re-think whether a government check and transfer payments for the next 18 years is a good deal.
The minister of Trinity Covenant in Aptos, CA typically discusses books which he has read and today was no exception.
The book mentioned today is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.A best seller on Amazon — for $10.21 in paperback and $12.99 on electronic Kindle — Into the Wild is about a young man who gives up everything he owns, lives a life of non-attachment and four months later he poisons himself and then starves to death in Alaska. His body was found. He had kept a journal. One of his last journal entries was “Happiness is only real when shared.”
Christopher McCandless, the young man who sought non-attachment and died on the slopes of Alaska, realized belatedly that sharing and happiness are intertwined.
So is a church about sharing? Yes. Christians know that Communion / aka Mass is sharing bread and wine as the body of Christ. And there’s other kinds of sharing — the word of God, sharing prayers for others and sharing lots of smiles and also tears.
A bit of what people heard in the sermon: “Spirit is the word for wind…..” “Fire comes down when God makes a new place of worship…. ” “God pours Himself in with baptism….”
Take away what a church is? An attempt: A church is a gathering of Christians in physical space (not ZOOM virtual reality) which is at the same time both a specific and a catholic gathering Analogy: Think of light — which is both a wave and a particle. Likewise a church is both a particular physical gathering and not a not particular world wide gathering.
So, what’s your attempt to define “church”?
What is shared in the picture taken at Trinity Covenant on Pentacost Sunday, May 31, 2020? The minister,Troy Martin, invites with the words “Come together to eat” 1 Corinthians 11:33. Together in one place people share.
Interested? Want to share? The Trinity Covenant service is at 10:00 am on Sundays at physical location of 1040 Bonita Drive, Aptos, CA. The building is just off highway #1 near the Seascape exit.
You can also tune in on ZOOM. Go for the real thing, I say.
There’s heaps of well behaved kids. Amazing kids! Just a little popery!
written by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Hogan, a member of the parish, spoke at Resurrection Church 3/23/2000 on Why Now and How the Remodel of Markey Community Center will proceed. Tom Hogan is on the Steering Committee guiding the remodel effort. He detailed the necessary safety issues which must be addressed.
The hub for Resurrection Church — their community center — requires extensive changes to make it safe for volunteers, staff and the persons served. Resurrection Church provides many ministries to youth, seniors and vulnerable persons.
One vulnerable person served: Many non-profit organizations including Boy Scouts use the Community Center to provides services used by the Aptosian community. Click Here for a brief video of a Boy Scout project located on Resurrection’s grounds which, when the video was taken, provides temporary shelter for a homeless person.
Why is the proposed remodel of Resurrection Church’s community center so expensive? Safety is the prime reason for the expensive remodel: the expected cost $5.5 MILLION.
Safety issues: Resurrection Church’s community center is a 55 year old building, separate from the church proper, which has asbestos in the walls and ceiling and paint with lead in it on the walls. The building floods on occasion due to stormy weather. Recently, a large tree fell one corner of Markey Community Center, disabling the Center for a few days and ‘yellow tagging’ Resurrection Church’s children’s playground which is currently not safe to use. Volunteers and staff need to be able to exit safely should there be an emergency such a as a dangerous person confronting them. them. Federal OSHA law requires exit routes be mantaotry. The ceiling requires a sprinkler system. The bathrooms need to meet health codes and must be safe for persons in wheel chairs.
Resurrection Church has THE PLAN which it has been following to gather the necessary money needed prior to start of construction. For information on Resurrection Church’s website click HERE for the Resurrection Catholic Church 2020 Campaign.
Identify prospects who can make large Leader Gifts. So far, parishioners have given large and smaller gifts totaling $1 MILLION of the $5.5 needed. About 1/2 the Goal towards Leader Gifts has been met.
Identify prospects for Foundation Grants. This is ongoing. As of 3/15/2000 no Foundations have said Yes.
Identify prospects for Community (business) Gifts.
Contact the parish members who have not yet given
This post will be updated when more information becomes available.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic Resurrection Church was required by the Diocese to cancel the meeting for Volunteers scheduled for today 3/14/2000. Also, the Church was required to cancel various fundraisers including Sunday Icecream Social and Eat, Drink and Give.
Resurrection Church’s grounds include places for repose, places to sit and enjoy the beauty of the setting. One such spot I call Art from the Heart located in front of the Handicapped Parking. Click Here for a brief video of Art from the Heart.
Major face lift and expansion for Resurrection Church’s MARKEY Community Center coming soon? 5 1/2 million needed before construction begins. One million raised so far. MARKEY needs money.
Where is it? Resurrection Church’s MARKEY Community Center is located in the heart of Aptos, CA. Across from the library with shopping centers on two sides, Due to it’s locaation in Aptos, MARKEY Community Cenrer plays a central role in the life of Aptosia aka Aptos, CA and surrounding areas.
What is MARKEY Community Center (MCC)? It’s where voters go to cast their ballot. It’s the hub for Resurrection Catholic Community, where they live out their Christian faith with programs for Youth, Seniors and vulnerable persons needing showers, socks, food and clothing. Families who cannot pay their electric bill go for help. Families celebrate the lives of their loved ones and the marriages of their children.
Start date for construction? Resurrection’s MARKEY CC planned to start construction last August. But the Catholic Diocese changed the rules of the game and said that all money had to be raised before breaking ground. Opps!
What’s happening now? Construction will begin at Resurrection’s MARKEY Community Center once they’ve raised $ 5.7 MILLION. This past year they raised $1 MILLION dollars, all dollars from 60% of the parishioners who give regularly.
Want to know more? Come to any Mass during the weekend of Feb. 23 -24, 2020 and there will be presentations why now, how the money will be raised and how you can help make the MaARKEY project happen soon Masses are on Saturday at 5 PM , Sunday morning at 8:15 AM, 10:15 AM and 6 PM. Come and find out how you can help. And for more info, go to: renewmarkeycommunitycenter.org