What a heart wrenching 24 hours it has been! It had been my hope that we had seen the dust settle for a while (permanently, actually, but I know how naive that hope would be) in regard to police brutality against innocent black men. But in the last 24 hours not only one, but TWO black men have been killed by police. Both were conducting innocent business as best we know and both had their murders recorded, with witnesses who could testify to their innocence. In light of this I am publishing my recent sermon on the Black Lives Matter movement. The download is available below. Comments, ideas, and suggestions for action are all welcome...
This sermon touches upon the question, do black lives matter more… more than white lives, brown lives, red lives… more than gay lives, lesbian lives, and transgender lives… do black lives matter more than all other lives? I have avoided preaching on the Black Lives Matter movement because it has been clear to me from the start, and I would have thought to most people, that the notion that black lives matter does not entail that black lives matter more than all other lives. In fact, such reasoning is patently bad logic, Tweedledum. It simply does not follow that if one group claims that their lives matter, that their lives matter more than all other lives... [to continue reading, please download the file immediately below...]
I am Dr. Riegel, minister at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. Enjoy my occasional blog posts here, which may cover subjects ranging from spirituality to psychology to ethics to social justice to church life and beyond...