- Minneapolis mayor excuses acts of flesh
NBC News quotes Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as he does his best to open the door to lawlessness.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey choked back tears on Thursday and told protesters who were decrying the police-involved death of George Floyd that their anger was “not only understandable, it’s right.”
The mayor’s eyes appeared red from tears as, just a few miles away, firefighters were still dousing flames from protests that turned violent overnight, demonstrations that erupted after Floyd’s death in police custody on Monday.
“What we’ve seen over the last two days … is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness,” he told reporters. “Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”
He added: “If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.”
(Read more at NBC News)
No, one person (a store owner) is not punished for the another person’s (a cop’s or a slave owner 400 years ago) crimes
This idea of “generational guilt” only gets dragged out when it suits the liberals. Why don’t they bring it up when discussing the 15+ million babies aborted in America since Roe versus Wade? They don’t because they don’t feel guilty or they have masked their guilt with a new sense of entitlement on other topics.
Why don’t the liberals bring up a collective guilt when they even talk about the effect of these riots? A number of minority-owned businesses have been destroyed (some of which were the result of a lifetime of saving) due to the riots just in Minneapolis.
Still, God has something to say about blaming one person for something another person did.
The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. (Ezekiel 18:20 NASB)
- Nobody should confuse Minneapolis riots with protests.
City Journal makes part of my point for me by observing that nobody should confuse the Minneapolis riots with protests.
Once again—as in Baltimore, following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, and long before then, in Watts, Newark, and Detroit—the actions of rioters in an American city are being described as protests, or, by PBS, no less, as an “uprising.” Even Minneapolis’s hapless mayor, Jacob Frey—under siege as his city burns—graces the violence with understanding. “There is a lot of pain and anger in our city,” said Frey, adding that “this is what happens” when long-standing issues of race and poverty go unaddressed. It’s “not just because of five minutes of horror,” Frey noted in a press conference, referring to the images of George Floyd gasping for air beneath a police officer’s knee, “but 400 years.”
Frey rightly called for the arrest of the officer, Derek Chauvin, and Chauvin has now been arrested. But Frey was wrong to ascribe anything close to justifiable motives to those who have torched a police precinct building and a youth center and looted stores serving their own community. It’s as if we have learned nothing over two generations about what happens when public officials give license to the lawless, letting marauders proceed under cover of high-mindedness. We expect as much from inflammatory activists like Al Sharpton but deserve better from elected officials charged with protecting property, lives, and livelihoods.
It’s time, again, to cite the work of political scientist Edward Banfield, whose seminal book about urban life, The Unheavenly City, includes a chapter, both relevant and prescient, entitled, “Rioting Mainly for Fun and Profit.” In the wake of the 1960s’ riots—43 people died in the deadliest, in Detroit in 1967—Banfield asserted that it is “naïve to think that efforts to end racial injustice and to eliminate poverty, slums, and unemployment will have an appreciable effect upon the amount of rioting that will be done in the next decade or so.” This before the full rollout of the Great Society—and, long afterward, the riots in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and now Minneapolis, where a $30 million affordable-housing project was just destroyed. Banfield’s lesson was plain: Young men, not stopped swiftly and sternly by police, will be emboldened to loot and set buildings afire, simple for the anarchic thrill of doing so. The failure to distinguish between protest with purpose and lawlessness would fan the flames.
Banfield would likely judge Mayor Frey harshly, not least for withdrawing police from the city’s Third Precinct and permitting rioting to go on in order to avoid confrontation. Yes, investigate the incident; yes, take stock of the Minneapolis police department. But don’t dignify violence by calling it a protest, and don’t abdicate your responsibility as a public official to uphold the rule of law and civil order.
Of course, Floyd’s life matters—but so do the hopes, dreams, bank accounts, and insurance costs of the small-business owners, including African-Americans, who provide goods and services to that precinct.
(Read more at City Journal)
On one side, I agree with City Journal. However, I also take my point to a different vector.
I agree that George Floyd’s life mattered. Theft and counterfeiting do not carry a death sentence and the police are not hired to also work as judge and executioner.
Additionally, I agree that other peoples’ lives matter. Many people saved their whole lives to have the money to start a successful business, only to have it destroyed by these riots.
However, it is my contention that these protesters focus on the flesh. They focus on getting revenge. They focus on getting freebies for themselves. Many of them are drunk. They throw themselves into the emotion of the moment. They tear up stores because they haven’t saved the money needed to buy the things sold there. They beat up people based on their wealth, skin color, or imagined wealth.
God warns us not to take justice into our hands
Although the rioters seem not to have considered the ramifications of their rioting, God has some words regarding justice (or, in this case, revenge).
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine , I will repay ,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry , feed him , and if he is thirsty , give him a drink ; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head .” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19-21 NASB)
Furthermore, God describes the acts displayed during the riots
A description of the acts and attitudes that proliferate in the riots in Minneapolis (and across the nation) can be found in the letter to the Galatians. To point out the specific sinful acts that apply to the riots, refer to my bolding:
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 NASB)
- More evidence of an agenda: Violence appears planned by far-left groups using ‘Antifa-like tactics
Breitbart points out how the violence seems planned by the far-left groups who use “Antifa-like tactics.”
Attorney General William Barr said Saturday that violence in many places around the country appears to have been planned and carried out by “far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics” in the wake of riots over the death of George Floyd.
“Unfortunately with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protests are being hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radical agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” Barr said in a press conference at the Department of Justice:
“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchic and leftist extremist groups, far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom traveled outside the state to promote the violence,” Barr continued.
Barr’s comments come shortly after President Donald Trump fingered leftist groups, such as Antifa, for widespread rioting and looting.
“It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” the president tweeted:
“These are ‘Organized Groups’ that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!” he wrote in a separate tweet:
(Read more at Breitbart)
From other reports, people have been ridden buses to protests, communicated with military-grade walkie-talkies, and received instructions from in-ear buds
As shown in the following tweets (the first taken with a hat tip to Bunkerville), protesters came to town on buses.
The leaders communicated using military-grade walkie-talkies.
The lower-level operatives received commands via earpieces.
Therefore, from all of this evidence, we can gather that the violence was not organic. It was directed. Furthermore, it was directed to support the agenda of an anarchist, anti-God group.
- Rioters descend on cities across America to exact vengeance over George Floyd’s death
The Daily Caller comments on the widespread rioting that many attribute to George Floyd’s death.
Rioters took to the streets in 17 states to exact violent revenge on businesses, government buildings, and even members of the media as frustration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis boiled over late Friday night.
Hours earlier, Officer Derek Chauvin, the man seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck in a bystander’s video, was arrested and charged with the murder.
The violence across America was set against the backdrop of a long national quarantine that has made tens of millions of Americans jobless, and a pandemic that has left more than 100,000 dead. It took approximately four days of protests for Minnesota authorities to place Chauvin under arrest, and by then, civil unrest had hit a peak in the city of Minneapolis.
On Friday, it spilled across the country.
In Atlanta, protesters set fire to a police vehicle, looted the College Football Hall of Fame, attacked the CNN Headquarters and attempted to gain entry to a mall, AJC reported. Someone also reportedly shot at an officer in a police car.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
These examples only further my claim these riots were all for the flesh
There is nothing in the riots that really provides justice for George Floyd. It does not punish the man who killed him. It does not determine the level of crime committed to George Floyd. It only takes something from an innocent person (a store owner, a cop who did nothing, a shop worker) and transfers it to someone who is willing to steal.
Throughout the coronavirus panic, the people have suffered under the strong arm of government
- Just weeks ago, Mayor Frey kept people on house arrest
The Minneapolis Star Tribune pointed out that Frey had the city on lockdown from 16 March 2020 to 28 May 2020.
Inside his City Hall office, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey juggled two of the most significant moments of his life.
His wife, Sarah Clarke, was in a medical exam room, waiting for an ultrasound technician to show her one of the first images of the couple’s first child, due in September. Because the facility limited visitors to protect against the coronavirus, Frey had to watch the moment on video.
At the same time, the mayor worked out the final details of an order that would declare a public health emergency in Minneapolis, closing hundreds of businesses and bringing life in the bustling city to a halt.
As Frey signed the order that day, March 16, the image of his child appeared on screen.
When the council agreed to extend the public health emergency indefinitely, it also gave him the ability to make decisions unilaterally that would normally require their blessing.
In the seven weeks that the city has been in a state of emergency, Frey has ordered 11 temporary regulations. He limited bars and restaurants to takeout or delivery. He temporarily waived some licensing fees for businesses. He required temperature checks and limited visitors to nursing homes and similar facilities, the site of many of the city’s 71 deaths to date attributed to COVID-19.
(Read more at the Minneapolis Star Tribune)
As noted above, Mayor Frey said protesting was “not only understandable, it’s right”
So now he vacillates from coming down hard on people who stray from their homes for fear of violating the Democrat coronavirus narrative to allowing everyone who wants to protest out. Guess what people do?
They get out and protest. Some see people vandalizing, so a few join in. From the beginning, people have ignored 1 Corinthians 15:33 and let bad company corrupt good character.
God also has something to say about the evil in this situation
… when a wicked man rules, people groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NASB)
To further illustrate the injustice of Democrat rule, murder rates have soared as Kim Ogg and Democrat judges have released felons
As blogged here earlier, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has released at least 344 felons, many of whom have re-offended.
As a result, Houston murder rates and other crime rates have skyrocketed, as illustrated by this vintage collection of tweets from members of the Houston Police Officers’ Union: