Grieved for brothers and sisters in faith
EDITOR: First Congregational Church Sonoma condemns the violence that took the lives of nearly a dozen innocent people this past week in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. We are grieved that our brothers and sisters in faith were terrorized in their house of worship. We stand for an end to expressions of hatred toward any group of people.
Our hearts ache alongside members of our Jewish community who are left feeling a sense of vulnerability and we commit to accompanying them in this grief.
May God turn our weeping into compassion and our grief into action.
Rev. Curran Reichert
Pastor First Congregational Church
Republicans, you’re our only hope…
EDITOR: To all my dear GOP friends and to all the other GOP followers that I don’t know.
On Saturday I woke up to the news of yet another carnage. This time in a synagogue. The last couple of days the news has been full of details of pipe bombs arriving at prominent Democrats. The week before that – oh, who knows, it seems so long ago in this hate-filled time.
I know you, some of you are very dear friends. Most of you amaze me with your generosity in times of need. You are really good people. I was brought up a social democrat, so that is where my leanings are. Your parents probably voted GOP and that is the beliefs you were brought up with.
Some of you are religious and attend worship. I do not have any religious beliefs, but I strongly believe in the so-called religious guidelines. I am sure we have all taught our children: You do not lie. You do not steal. Treat everybody the way you want to be treated. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all (actually, I think the last one was from a Disney film and, in my case, the most difficult rule to live by). So this is where I need your help understanding what is going on. You have chosen a leader who lies numerous times daily to the country. He has stolen tons of money from his suppliers. He only treats dictators with respect and, as for speaking nicely about people, forget it. The hate he spews out at his rallies to his adoring fans is frightening and we see the results of it in situations like the terrible shooting in Pittsburgh. Does it not bother you?
You are the ones who can help this situation. First of all you have to admit that you made a terrible mistake in electing Trump. That is always difficult. You buy a new car, it is awful. But when people ask you about it, you are most likely to tell them it is great and anyway it gets you there - so like Trump it does some things you like. How many people come back from vacation and admit it was a disaster. Vacations always seem to be amazing - same thing there are always some things you liked about it. OK, so let’s all have a kumbaya, hug and admit it was a mistake, that the things you like aren’t worth it because you no longer want to be complicit in the damage he is doing to our nation. Put pressure on him and his cronies who only seem to care about a paycheck instead of moral values.