What do you think?

Was up at 4 a.m. this morning (naturally no alarm) and laid in bed for about half an hour scrolling through my news feed and falling down the rabbit hole. I start with one and if not careful will end up on a subject very far removed from where I began.

This morning though I was a little alarmed and more than a little perturbed that in B.C. some schools have had to go into lock down and will continue to due so for the foreseeable future. Children will not be allowed to leave the school. If parents need to see or get their child(ren) they will have to call and make arrangements with the school.

Now typically this is a response that we see when there is any serious incidents close to the schools. T’s school has gone into lockdown once so far and been evacuated once as well. His dad had to pick him after 5 at the school after the lockdown that was how long it took before they were able to clear the area and determine the threat. The other time a bomb threat was called in because someone did not want to take a test is what was bandied around.

However it is not as though there is an active shooter prowling the schools. No in fact it was anti-vaxxers. Into three elementary schools demanding to speak with principals. Yes you are reading that right. Adults romped into three elementary schools to protest.

IN THE SCHOOLS.

So I ask you what are your thoughts?

We can protest all we want. Peacefully and without causing terror. We do not storm buildings. We do not stop people from seeking hospital aid. We do not practice violent behviour towards our elected officials.

I cannot tell a lie. The last two have occurred in Canada. People blocking access to hospitals. People hurling abuse and projectiles at our candidates. Signs being slashed and hateful speech printed over. (The last one occurred with our liberal candidate in my riding.) He is transgender and lives with his husband and their two children. You can imagine what type of bullshit was spewed on his signs. And the disgusting thing is someone took the time to design and print up the stickers that were placed around the city.

I want things to be better for T when he is an adult. I want things to be better for everyone but it is the generations coming up behind us that will have to do the hard work.

copyrighted Sept. 18/21

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Hell in a Handbasket

I am fairly confident by now that most everyone is aware of how I feel about organized religion.
All organized religion.
It is the institutions and their policies that I dislike.
The people that are allowed to abuse with impunity being moved hither and yon to protect not the vulnerable but the priests/pastors who perpetrate these crimes.
The horrors done in the name of god makes my lip curl and if this was the wild west guess who would be wearing a black and white hat?
A gunslinger with a conscious and a need to avenge damages done.
Wandered off there a little bit but the point is I dislike religion.
Now saying that one of my regular customers who is so sweet and kind is an associate pastor in my city.
I shop for him ever couple of weeks when he has a lot on his plate.
He has a growing family and given his position it affords him time to spend with his kids as they are growing.
I think this is awesome.
He has been very vocal with regards to getting vaccinated.
That this is how in-house services will be able to recommence by getting vaccinated.
He shows up in my news headlines every so often.
And when he does I read it and I smile because you can feel his genuine caring for his parishioners.
The province did a series of ads to reach out to those who are vaccine hesitant using various pastors and priests to get the message out there.
I think this is awesome.
This is about caring about the wellbeing of the people that you tend to and care for.
This is about not wanting to watch people die and officiating over a funeral where people cannot mourn together.
Where comfort cannot be given.
In other words grow the fuck up get vaccinated and let’s get back to a new version of normality that we are going to be living with.
That is me.
He is much nicer.
Again white hat/black hat kinda gal.
So imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to another headline about my favorite pastor.
A negative one.
Well rather not a negative article about him but the fallout he has had to face since making the ad.
He is going to hell.
He is horrible.
He is part of the conspiracy.
He took money. (He did not)
How could he sell out his faith like this?
He does not respond with anger.
He has been attacked on his personal FB page to point where he had to change privacy settings.
He does not hang up on people.
He is getting angry and hate filled emails and voice messages.
He feels that openness and talking are the way to go.
I am not so kind.
Everyone has a right to an opinion.
Everyone has a right to voice that opinion.
What everyone does not have the right to do is decide that they and they alone know what their god is telling them and everyone else is wrong.
Wrong.
Wrong.
WRONG!
Christianity at its best.
As long as you do as I say and act as I want my love and adulation is yours.
As soon as you contradict or offer up a differing opinion boom hammer is lowered and you are now a denizen of hell.
Out of all the hate filled messages he received that one really really gets to me.
He is going to hell for believing in protecting those he loves and protects.
He is going to hell for trying to save those around him.
He is going to hell for trying to educate others.
He is straight up going to hell.
What I find funny is that all those who have called and threatened him; all who have stood up and told him he is going to hell might want to sit back on down because hate and vile filled words are the way of satan to paraphrase while love and acceptance is the way of god.
Seems to me that these days it is all ass backwards.
©June 30/21
Picture is my own