Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|Another predominantly black church burned this evening in South Carolina. It seems highly improbable that this would be coincidence. I can’t imagine what purpose an arsonist would expect the fires to serve. I’ve read many comments on Facebook about possible culprits including Vladimir Putin, ISIS, God, the weather, and angry white men. There are many conspiracy theories. The way that I agree with them is that it looks like terrorism. Personally, I put my hope on the FBI to figure out what is happening and my confidence in the body of spiritually focused citizens to work together to get this stopped. Meanwhile, I wish I could follow the idea of moving my RV into the parking lot of one of the churches that appear to be at risk to keep a constant presence. Unfortunately, I have no RV.
I am trying to figure out what this really is about. It started with the mass murder in Charleston. Then, a lot of talk about removing the Confederate Flags from public buildings and a lot of opinions about the symbolism of those flags. With the churches burning, it seems to suggest the truth of history is the truth today: that flag is about racism, just as it was when created. There certainly is a lot of rage and anguish slamming around like a bouncing meteor and all of it is happening under the “Star of Bethlehem.” It kind of makes one wonder. Right now, as I face north, because that is how my chair is situated in the house, I wish I knew the correct direction to face, the right words to say, the right number of times to say them to get this stopped. As usual, it seems that playing my recording of Hildegard Von Bergen music with the lighting of a candle is my best option. And so, it will be.