The past two days I have been mulling over Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders using the holy witness of the meek & mild Jesus the Christ. the Bible, (the One Who is God with Us) as a means to justify taking kids away from immigrants seeking asylum (a legal act), especially when it is apparently being done in an attempt to scare parents into not attempting to seek asylum in or attempt to immigrate to the US. I am proud that the Southern Baptist Convention recognized that this is evil and not consistent with family values. I’ve typed a little concerning my disdain for the action and the misuse and misinterpretation of scripture in an attempt justify evil. I just haven’t figured out exactly what I want to say yet. That will come later.
Therefore, I thought I would share a video that shows the opposite of children being frightened by those who are supposed to protect them (just in case you haven’t read Romans 13:1-7, the passage being used to justify taking kids away from their parents who at worst have committed a misdemeanor, the verses say that the authority that rulers have is supposed to be for the good of those who are ruled. For good. Not for evil.). The video below shows eight year old Yoyoka, who aspires to be a global drummer. The video is her submission for the 2018 “Hit Like a Girl” drum contest. Yoyoka seriously throws down. There is great joy displayed on her face, rather than fear. I believe our government should act in such a way that any kids it deals with experience such joy rather than fear. People who agree with Ronald Reagan that “the most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help”, should not be trying to justify the government taking kids away from parents.
SIDE NOTE – I will eventually post my thoughts on the misuse of scripture by Sessions and Sanders. Probably tonight after Pam and I watch the Incredibles 2. While at the moment I would rather think of Yoyoka, I can’t stop thinking of what the children who have been detained, and their parents, are facing.
SIDE SIDE NOTE – I heard about Yoyoka while working on a new paver patio for our backyard and listening to the wonderful NPR Politics Podcast. You should listen to this podcast. It is wonderful.
SIDE SIDE SIDE NOTE – here the present paver situation.