Election Update

Amongst everything going on in the world I had the chance to see an interview that Ted Cruz did on the Today Show. It was an interesting interview, to say the least. Savannah Guthrie had the task of briefly interviewing the senator after his win in Utah. In my opinion, the whole time Savannah’s face seemed to say, “Do you even know what you’re talking about?”

All our hearts go out to the victims and their families in Brussels. We know there needs to be more done to protect countries all over the world because people with such hatred in their hearts will stop at nothing to hurt others. Senator Cruz thinks that we should start by blocking out Muslim Americans.

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

Senator Ted Cruz via Facebook post March 22nd, 2016 at 10:39am

It is true that in the past, many members of these hate groups have claimed ties to Islam. These forms of Islam are ones that I, nor members of my family and friends are aware of. God teaches love for all, senselessly killing other humans in his name is blasphemy!

In my own backyard, former Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia launched the “Stop and Frisk” program back in 2008 that attempted to curb violence by allowing police to stop and search individuals for “reasonable suspicion“. Where that has gotten the city is further at odds with its minority community, who were subjected to more stops that others.

“We have ended the Nutter administration’s policy on stop and frisk,” Kenney said. “The Nutter administration’s policy on stop and frisk was to stop anybody you want, for any reason you want, generally because it’s a profile…”

Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia via The Philadelphia Tribune

The common denominator here is a lack of trust between government officals and the people. If Senator Cruz thinks that targeting one group of people will help decrease the violence in our world, he is sadly mistaken. We must all come together to block out such hateful groups and spread the love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)