Week In Review: October Farewell

Saturday, October 27, 2018

How was everyone's week?  I've been busy working on graphics and some other fun plans for the rest of the year.  If you want to check into social media tomorrow, I have some exciting news for you guys, especially indie authors, and then on Tuesday and Thursday I'll have some special posts that you won't want to miss.  This means that the normal Wednesday post won't be up, but I think these ones will be more interesting!  Come to think of it, I'll also have a quick post on Monday, so I guess next week will be "every day EXCEPT Wednesday..."

ICYMI: Kellyn Roth's newest book, Beyond Her Calling, is out now. Click HERE for my review.


Currently reading: When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury and Why Do I Believe? by Chip Ingram. This week I also read and finished The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi , the novel adaptations of the movies, and they were pretty fantastic. I also read The Love Languages of God  by Gary Chapman (thanks Netgalley!) and you can check my review out on Goodreads.

Current projects: A lot of non-writing stuff right now. 'Tis the season for being busy, so I haven't had much time to write. Anyone getting ready for Camp NaNo next month? I wish I could participate this year!

Current Bible verse: "'Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’" (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)

Today, as you probably know if you've seen the news at all, there was a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh, PA synagogue.  The suspect was known for spewing anti-Semitism and also said on social media that he was a Nazi who was infatuated by Hitler.  I ask that you pray for the community, but also for change in our hearts.  When I went on Twitter, Pittsburgh was #1 trending -- because everyone was going tooth-and-nail at each other and trying to decide which political party to blame.  That set me off pretty quickly -- what about the loss of life?  Nobody cares about the people who died.  The families who are planning funerals now.  They just like to grab those victims and use them to beat the other political party because of this policy or that speech from 100 years ago.  And anyone who disagrees is a "Nazi."  People who think differently are not Nazis and to say so is to cheapen WWII and the Holocaust.  This man, the one who shot a currently-unknown amount of Jews, who caused a crime scene that the safety director of the town called "the most horrific crime scene he has responded to," (as a former FBI agent who has seen plane crashes, as per his interview) -- the shooter is a Nazi.  He took the lives of Jews because he hated their religion.  He is a Nazi because he is a literal throwback to the 1940s when Jews were rounded up en masse and slaughtered for their beliefs. 

Nobody cares that people died then, or today.  They only see another weapon for their platform.  For their cause.  Do they even grasp the idea that those people are dead, that they were murdered? 

Folks on the internet who disagree with one another are not Nazis.  A political party with whom you disagree should not be deemed Nazi either.  Because they aren't.  Those who believe so should be ashamed of themselves right now.  Those who are using this event as a means to win the midterm elections should be ashamed even more. 

I apologize.  I try to keep politics off of this page, but in this case, I'm throwing a "shame on you" out to both sides.  If we can't figure out a way to overlook differences in opinion, things like this will only happen more often.