Boston (For lack of a better Title)

I was a late comer to the news about the bombings in Boston the other day. In fact I didn’t know a thing about it until Kessabug texted me Bombing at the Boston marathon right at 3:55 p.m. I had no idea what that even meant, so I Googled the above phrase on my phone and read about what had happened. It was heart breaking – disappointing. I went back to work and let my mind drift to the mundane for a few more minutes.

After work I got online and decided I should make a statement on the Missouri Jaycees Facebook Group page. I’m this years State Chaplain and figured something like this fell into my duties for the year. I texted the Missouri Jaycees President what I had planned on posting and asked if it was alright. I was given the go ahead a few minutes later – this is what I put up…

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Boston I ask everyone to remember the first line from the Jaycees Creed, “We believe That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life.” Those that are gone, are with our Heavenly Father, and we will see them again. Those that are hurt or in mourning will find strength through our thoughts and prayers. Please join me in these offerings. ~ Brother Jon

I’m not trying to pat my own back or anything…I just wanted you to see where my head was, at this moment in time. Maybe you can then understand some of my further disappointment upon seeing what others had decided to post in connection to these bombings.

At this point in time we are still unsure who is responsible for what has happened…but so many assume, and say such things as “I’m tired of foreigners coming over her and bombing our country!” Maybe they are “foreigners”…but maybe they aren’t. Lets be sure before we start pointing a finger, and planning our vengeance.

Others are using this as an opportunity to argue against gun control. I’m sorry, but that seems incredibly insensitive to me. Are these two things related? Sure…you don’t need guns to kill people. Okay. How would having a gun have prevented these people from getting hurt? It seems off topic, and besides the point. (I’m not arguing for or against gun control here….just that I don’t think this should be used as an argument.)

Now, I did see many uplifting comments and posts…one of which that I agreed with. It went something like “Media…please don’t glorify who ever did this. Don’t make them famous for being the so-and-so who did the biggest such-and-such.”

Boston Marathon Finish Line.1910. Author: Unknown.
Boston Marathon Finish Line.1910. Author: Unknown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” ~ Patton Oswalt

Thank you Jen and Tonic for sharing the above quote. (I think it went viral just because of you ;))

5 thoughts on “Boston (For lack of a better Title)

  1. Well said, Jon. I agree–we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, and we shouldn’t use the event to further our own agendas. Like you, I like to focus on the amazing and good-hearted people out there who come to the aid of those in need.

  2. I hate how the reactions to any major event are always an excuse for people to pick on whatever hobby horse they have. Gun control, Obama, whatever.. I mean from there it’s a slippery slope on down to the Westboro’s mentality if you’re willing to look for any single cause to an issue. I loved how so many people posted about the helpers and the good people though. Although I wish stuff like this never happened, it does bring out the best in people.

  3. The thing that absolutely needles me is the whole foreigner aspect of it all. Everyone wants to start blaming someone from the Middle East. Maybe someone from the Middle East did it, but it could have also been the quiet librarian you’ve known for 20 years. Until they have hard evidence against a suspect, I wish people would stop speculating. It hurts the people of that nationality greatly.

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