The Year of Living Minimally – Week Forty-eight

Kind of hard to write this week. I’m not sleeping, because I’m so worried about this country. These poor children and their distraught parents. The daily barrage of hatred and condemnation from the White House, the silent acceptance by the elected Republicans. The false information spread by those who don’t take the time to educate themselves to the facts.

“I’ve seen several tweets comparing this to Nazis / The Holocaust and saying things like ‘this is how it begins.’ I teach Holocaust Literature so let me be clear – this ISN’T how it began. This is already several stages along the way.” (Aviva Dautch)

“Make no mistake – no matter where you stand on immigration, what we are doing to children and families in the name of the law is evil. And we, as Christ followers, have a moral responsibility to speak and stand against evil. You cannot remain silent.” (Pastor Stan Cardwell of Community United Methodist Church in Crofton, Maryland)

Chobani chief executive Hamdi Ulukaya, an immigrant who is known for hiring refugees, tweeted that “separating a child from a mother or father is not political. It is inhumane. It is against everything this country stands for. I have seen it in other parts of the world but never thought I’d see it in the land of the free.”

This week I shredded paper and put it in the recycle bin. I used less stuff.

15 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Forty-eight

  1. I’ve been saying the same things about the parallels between what’s happening here and Nazi Germany for months now and folks look at me like I’m nuts. (I have a great interest in WWII history.) People don’t know how to think critically anymore. Or at least they’re convinced they don’t know how. The people of this country are basically SHEEPLE these days…

    I was so proud of the UMC for that letter to Sessions. If those who follow the teachings of Jesus want to make a difference that’s how it has to start. People need to read up on what Hitler and the Nazis did to the pastors who didn’t agree with him in Germany. (Btw, we attend Community UMC in Ogden, Utah.)

  2. I am holding on to hope because we are a young nation and we all have immigrant backgrounds. I know the good people will win this and we will evolve into a better place to live. It was inevitable that we go through this and worse if we never did. There has been an underlying core of ignorant bigots we’ve kept well-hidden from our melting pot personna. Those of us who’ve studied history realize we’ve ripped children from the parent’s arms many times in the past. Native Americans. Plantation slaves. Even some of the interred Japanese Americans, though most families were kept together, never saw their children again. And any woman who has had to fight for a position, for equal pay, for protection from domestic abuse, against sexual harassment is familiar with the doings of the white, male patriarchal society that didn’t think we even had the right to vote. No person can’t deal with the dark history of their beloved nation until they admit there is one and that America was never really as great as it put itself out there to be. But I truly have hope that it will become as great as many of us envision while we wage this struggle together. I keep seeing ads for the incredible women who are running for office in November and then there are the kids battling the NRA. And the press has really played a roll in educating us to our past and our present. Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, Ari Melber, Lawrence O’Donnell and the incredible Pulitzer Prize winning journalists at The NY Times and Washington Post to name just a few. This crisis has brought out the best in us and continues to do so every day. I have hope.

      1. Hi, Martha. And thanks for the thoughts you put forth in your post. I’ve found that you just can’t take things away from people once they’ve experienced them. There are other rights in our Constitution most people hold dear besides the 2nd Amendment which only some cherish.

  3. I might have to turn in my Catholic card. The Pope needs to stay out of politics. Yes, I see the overlap, but he doesn’t help by taking sides as America–and the world–works through this problem. He didn’t open Vatican City to immigrants. In fact, he refused those who came. He’s not what I’d call a ‘reliable narrator’.

    1. Jacqui. I didn’t know that Francis refused migrants in Vatican City. I’d be willing to read more about it if you can send me a link.

      I see this as less of a political and so much more a human rights issue that I don’t see how he can’t voice his opinion (much as John Paul II did with Communism). I’ve always thought that Pope Francis is an advocate of migrants – remember when he went to that island in Italy to meet with the migrants?

      As the planet gets hotter, I think we’re going to see more and more migration from South America, Asia, and Africa. I don’t know what the answers are, but human dignity is at the core of the issue.

      Thank you for posting. It’s got me thinking. 💚

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I’m watching the world revert to something frightening. Austria, Italy going far-right, Putin and Trump trying to topple Merkel. You’re in a precarious place, too. Dark times.

      Sometimes I’m envious of those who stick their heads in the sand. 💚

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