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Could Be Worse

Went to buy a few things last night.  Nothing big, like just vegetables and toilet paper.  But the grocery store was a madhouse.  It’s a double-whammy, of move-in week, plus also a hurricane heading this direction.  We waited in line for over an hour.  For each cash register, the lines were backed up all the way down the aisle to the back of the store.  Water was gone.  Bread was…mostly gone.  Craziness.  I mostly felt sorry for the dude in line in front of us buying like, a single bottle of water, hydrogen peroxide, scotch tape, and cheese.  Gotta wonder what his weekend is all about.


But I told L., “Hey, you know, if this is like the longest grocery store line we have to wait in this decade, or potentially the whole of our lives?  Not so bad.”  I mean, #firstworldproblems is certainly a thing.  But I think she wasn’t buying it.


I always try to look on the bright side of things.  Find the silver lining.  But, maybe sometimes I go too far with it.  This week, we got a notice tucked in our door about how there were burglaries in the area.  So I said to L., “Well, at least if there’s a hurricane, people probably won’t be likely to rob us.  Sucks to be a burglar in the rain.”


She looked at me like I was crazy.

An Urgent Plea to Christians

I am writing to you today as an urgent plea for help for the Christian citizens of Malawi, a small nation in Africa.  Over the years, these Christians have been repeatedly threatened, hurt, and even killed by Muslim Extremists from the little-known Samma group.  In 1956, the Samma waged a civil war in which horrifying atrocities were perpetrated for years on end.  They tortured and killed groups they believed impure and unclean, or whose lifestyles were contrary to the deeply-held Samma beliefs, including Christians.  The Samma were stopped, though only slightly short of completing their agenda of full genocide.  Although the Samma did not prevail, and did not win the war, pockets of them remain in Malawi.


In the last few months, the Samma movement has gained steam once again with the election of Malawi’s new leader, Tordan M. Pruld.  Massive election fraud has been claimed, with allies of Pruld potentially having all but rigged the election in his favor.  Pruld immediately went to work on attempting to cleanse Malawi once again, shutting down borders, and often subtly threatening the free press with physical violence when they attempted to expose his crimes.  Essential human services, such as education and health care, were severely crippled as cronies of Pruld were put into power to advance the Samma agenda.  Pruld often bypasses the Malawi parliament, by simply announcing new and terrifying rules and laws directly to the public via his daily television show.


Although he has not endorsed the Samma group directly, last month when the Muslim Extremists marched through the city of Lilongwe, spouting hatred and inciting violence towards Christians and other “impure” groups under the guise of celebrating the birthday of Belere Troe, a Samma hero, Pruld did not act.  In fact, he praised the Muslim Extremists for their march, and extolled the righteousness of being able to celebrate their hero.  When Christians gathered to stand against the Samma, understandably upset that the Samma were once again spouting rhetoric that had led to the 1956 war, one Muslim Extremist attacked, detonating a bomb in the middle of the Christian group, causing many severe injuries and two deaths.


The Christians of Malawi are understandably frightened for their lives.  Except that this story is not at all about Malawi.  It’s about the United States of America with years, names and places and minor details changed.  Let’s read it again, with Samma replaced with Nazi, Pruld replaced with Trump, Lilongwe replaced by Charlottesville, and a bomb replaced with a car, and two deaths replaced with one.


I am writing you today as an urgent plea for help for the minority citizens of America.  Over the years, these minority citizens have been repeatedly threatened, hurt, and even killed by White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis.  In 1945, Nazis waged a war in which horrifying atrocities were perpetrated for years on end.  They tortured and killed groups they believed impure and unclean, or whose lifestyles were contrary to the deeply-held Nazi beliefs.  The Nazis were stopped, though only short of completing their agenda of full genocide.  Although the Nazis did not prevail and did not win the war, pockets of them remain.


In the last few months, the Nazi movement has once again gained steam with the election of America’s new leader, Donald Trump.  Massive election fraud has been claimed, with allies of Trump having all but rigged the election in his favor.  Trump immediately went to work, attempting to cleanse America, shutting down borders, and often subtly threatening the free press with physical violence when they attempted to expose his crimes.  Essential human services, such as education and health care, were severely crippled as cronies of Trump were put into power to advance the Alt Right agenda.  Trump often attempts to bypass the American Congress, by simply announcing new and terrifying rules and laws directly to the public via his twitter feed.


Although he has not endorsed the Neo-nazi groups directly, last week when the White Supremacists marched through the city of Charlottesville, spouting hatred and inciting violence towards minorities and other “impure” groups under the guise of protecting a monument to Robert E. Lee, a Confederate hero, Trump did not act.  In fact, he praised the White Supremacists for their march, and extolled the righteousness of being able to celebrate their hero.  When Americans gathered to stand against the neo-Nazis understandably upset that the Nazis were once again spouting rhetoric that had led to war, one White Supremacist attacked, driving a car into the middle of the counter-protesting group causing many severe injuries and one death.


The minorities of America are understandably frightened for their lives.

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