AFA-IN: Riots in Indiana & A True Civil Rights Leader

The Governor’s Finest Hour?

I don’t even know where to begin.  What is happening in America right now is beyond heartbreaking.   I saw a meme yesterday that said, “Did we skip the murder hornets?  It feels like we skipped the murder hornets.”  It seems like 2020 is just going from bad to worse, from one unexpected crisis, to another.

If ever our nation needed fervent prayer it is now.

News events evoke my emotions, but they rarely truly make me sad. I have a sense of sadness for America that I have not felt to this degree in several years.  My sadness really set in when I saw pictures of the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Indianapolis circle spray-painted repeatedly with “BLM” – black lives matter.

First, all lives matter.  (As a Christian I believe that there is only one race, the human race, which began from one couple created by God. When injustice hurts one it hurts us as a people.)  What else on earth says black lives matter more than a civil war monument erected to remember the lives and service of 210,000 Hoosiers given to end slavery?  It sits on top of a civil war museum set up in 1918 with artifacts from Indiana’s Union soldiers.

Such ignorance of the unique goodness of our nation’s history saddens and deeply concerns me.  The hatred of America, which has offered more opportunity and fairness than any nation in history, by self-loathing Americans, is something I simply cannot understand.  (I mostly blame the indoctrination of young people in various forums in the past 30 years.  This misinformation has allowed these evil forces of left-wing, America-hating, political anarchist to hoodwink many.)

It was historian William Durant who warned, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

I am going to say something that is taboo.  What happened to George Floyd is horrible and deserves condemnation and swift justice.  It will get both.  But is it the worst thing ever?Does it justify the worst riots and looting since the late 1960’s?   What has happened in response to one man’s death is so out of proportion that it is baffling.  Left wing anarchists are hijacking this event and making a tragedy much worse.  They are doing it for a national political agenda that has nothing to do with George Floyd.

Here is my uh oh, statement.  In 2015, 258 African Americans were killed by police officers, be it for armed robbery or any other reason, or no reason.  That same year, nearly 6,000 African Americans died on the streets of our cities at the hands of other African Americans. (Around 90% of black homicide victims are killed by black criminals.)   When will this loss of life directly impacting so many families be addressed by the media?   Does that loss not demand concern, attention, compassion and solutions from all people?

I have had several policy differences with Governor Eric Holcomb.  Yet, I have also known him for twenty years, and I personally like him.  He does many things well.

On Monday, the Governor, along with the head of the State Police and National Guard, gave a press conference that I think was one of the Governor’s finest moments to date.

In an emotional speech, Governor Holcomb spoke the feelings that I hope a vast majority of Hoosier hold.   Here are some of his comments:

“My fellow Hoosiers. What started out as an understandable and needed response to the disgusting, gross, violent and fatal injustice against Mr. George Floyd has turned into anything but a proper time of mourning.”

“Peacefully protesting and demonstrating for this cause is a noble one, rightly protected by our First Amendment. I hope the peacemakers continue to express themselves and not allow their message to be overwhelmed by the troublemakers seeking to inflict pain on the innocent.” 

“Make no mistake about it: No citizen has a right to destroy, vandalize or threaten another Hoosiers’ safety or property. Coordinated efforts to breaking in and entering, shooting at law enforcement officials and starting fires has taken on a tone of organized crime and will be responded to accordingly. Therefore, Indiana will continue assisting local communities with the needed state resources to enforce the rule of law and protect lives and property.”

“Violence in the streets makes progress on all these fronts harder and sets us back from forming that more perfect union.”
“Folks who are seeking to destroy that service and their memories are not in this to peacefully protest.”  [On the desecration of state monuments].
“I am quite frankly amazed every single time I see these women and men put this uniform on and the restraint they exhibit in walking toward danger and their attempt to diffuse it.” [On law enforcement response].
“We are seeing those peaceful demonstrations get hijacked by those who have only one goal in mind, and that’s to create chaos and destruction in their path. We have to be ready and we are.”


More than anything else, our nation needs spiritual healing.  A verse you probably know gives us a model for this in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Wait, Is COVID Over Now?

Prior to our nation being on fire, I had intended to discuss the impact of COVID on young people this week.  I guess COVID is over now.  I don’t see social distancing among the rioters filling our streets or any concerns over this.

Here is a teaser from the article that I was going to pull from:

The COVID-19 lockdown is hard on everyone emotionally, but adolescents are the most psychologically vulnerable population. Many teenagers, who tend to have difficulty understanding—and perhaps regulating—negative emotions during normal times, are likely feeling emotionally confused, if not totally overwhelmed, by the current pandemic crisis.”   You can read: How to Help Teens Navigate the Disruption and Uncertainty of a Pandemic here:

Indiana Election Results

I will review and comment on yesterday’s election results next week.

A Civil Rights Leader Lays It Out

One of my heroes is Robert Woodson.  He has been a leader for decades working in inner cities on the problems of fatherlessness, crime and poverty which are all three directly linked.  I have had the honor to meet and speak with him several times to discuss family policy matters.   He was on Tucker Carlson last night.   Here is his take on these riots:

In Their Own Words:

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate… Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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