TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! CONSIDERING KANSAS CITY RECONCILIATION AMID HARSH TIMES AND HOMICIDE SPIKE 2016!!!
Let's talk about forgiveness on this Kansas City Sunday morning.
From the world's most accurate encyclopedia here's a quick summary of what the nuns attempted to beat into us . . .
"The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (commonly called Penance, Reconciliation, or Confession) is one of seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, in which the faithful obtain absolution for the sins committed against God and neighbour and are reconciled with the community of the Church."
It's also a great way to pass the time between a relapse.
However, whilst calls for peace and prayer after a week of violence dominate the news cycle in the metro this week . . . The question of absolution if not exoneration comes to mind in three difference but still connected local circumstances.
Take a peek:
Do You Accept An Apology From The Kansas City Star For Slut-Shaming?!?!
Avid Kansas City news readers RAGED on Saturday over an opinion column that seemingly blamed women for rape. There was an apology but it's unclear if it has been accepted by the public at large or at least the last remaining people who pick up the paper. More strident advocates against rape demand that The Star trash their "Midwest Voices" section while journalism enthusiasts want more professional oversight and lament fading experience at the daily rag. It's unknown if even forgiveness from angry women (a rare gesture which most men know is nothing more than a myth) can save a paper from obsolescence in the digital age.
Will The KCPD Community Outreach Overcome Ongoing Social Justice Outrage Over The Shooting Death Of Ryan Stokes???
At the beginning of this year there was continued advocacy for a shooting death that continues to serve as a rallying cry for more oversight of the KCPD. During recent outrage over police killings on the national level, the controversy surrounding the death of Ryan Stokes was touted again. In turn, after a racist terrorist massacre of Dallas police, the public expressed overwhelming support for the KCPD by and large. Still, if we're talking about better relations betwixt community and police and reducing the overall level of discontent on local streets . . . The topic of Ryan Stokes and his controversial death is a major part of the conversation that more informed denizens of our local Democracy need to understand.
Meanwhile . . .
Some People In Kansas City Don't Want Forgiveness: Will Mayor Sly's Abandon His Development Crusade Amid Repeated Rejection And Castigation From Voters???
Voters hated Mayor Sly's plan for a new airport so much that he was forced to abandon it.
Then weeks later it was revealed FIRST ON TKC that the plan was STILL being pushed forward.
Additionally, let's not forget that voters soundly rejected Mayor Sly's streetcar extension just months ago and now there's an effort to gerrymander voting districts and rig another election in order to get the desired outcome.
Still, even though we clown the streetcar advocates mercilessly, we hope for an honest or at least entertaining discussion beyond all the vitriol that some supporters express when their opinions are challenged and defeated at the ballot . . . At lease in cases where they don't redesign ballots and endanger voting rights for all of Kansas City.
Accordingly . . .
Given that "we're all sinners in the eyes of the Lord" according to my favorite nun from my childhood who absolutely hated Mexicans AND because Sunday readers have clearly forgiven TKC for our many misdeeds, bad jokes and typos if they're checking the blog today . . .
The topic of reconciliation in the religious sense seems to be appropriate as we move forward during an extremely violent 2016 Summer amid socioeconomic, political and cultural divisions that continue to drive the nation apart.
Developing . . .