Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Gaza: New Year, Football, and God
Join me in PROTEST: I plan to position white tape over my mouth Friday the 9th of January. Displaying that the officials we, the people, elected are silent on the murderous reign in Gaza. The tape will have the following written on it:
Israel is DEAD WRONG, and the US Capitol is full of COWARDS.
What say you?
On January 5, 2009 I did what most Americans did: I pressed forward with my life on this first Monday of the New Year. I took advantage of a few end of the year sales before the new year got into full swing too. Can’t forget about that. And, of course I indulged in one of America’s favorite past times: Watched some football. While watching, several highlights got my attention – but what stood out the most was how much reverence a few of the players gave to God. If I did not see a player in the end zone looking up, arms extended, and mumbling – I heard a player say something along these lines while being interviewed because he was the star of the game: ‘First, allow me to give thanks to God. If not for him we would not be here and I would not have had such a great game.’
What does Gaza have to do with football, God, and the New Year? Evidently nothing!
The coverage of NFL playoffs and college bowl games must be the blockade that’s preventing us (Americans) from raising holy hell in defiance of Israel’s unrelenting murderous assault on the innocent citizens of Gaza, the Palestinians. Mostly women and children, by the way. What else could it be? We have been too sport-ly occupied with Colt McCoy and Donavon McNabb. I understand that…I suppose??? However, the cold-hearted Israeli leaders that the American government support must be aware that it is ‘win or go home time’. Our attention is not in the direction of CNN. What difference would it make anyway considering Israel’s military has restricted foreign press from entering Gaza? ESPN probably has more couch potato drive-bys these days anyway.
As these religiously misguided athletes (primarily black) give glory to God via a prayer or hand gesture after a touchdown rightfully desperate praying men, women, and children are dodging Israeli missiles. Missiles that military commanders claim are targeted for Hamas’ leader dwellings. I assume that schools are launching pads for Hama’s bombs. I doubt that! And, let’s just say that the schools are storage facilities for weapons, isn’t there another method to take other than blowing the arm off of a five year old child?
The audacity to think and believe that God is the guiding force behind a stiff arm into an area of the field that has Fiesta Bowl written in huge letters is not only ignorant – but foolish! Guess I should go get me some Tostitos? All the church theatrics on the football field while bombs kill pregnant women. Seems strange to me, but ‘life’ must go on in the Great Nation. I wonder if God is in the end zone or in a Gaza village? You tell me after Googling: Death toll in Gaza. He watching football.
I think I have made my point without ranting this time. Did I?
Before I try my best not to explode in a crying tizzy please help me with two questions:
Why is the United States government including Mr. Obama so slow to address this repeated crisis with persuasive authority?
Is the United States government and its notable leaders slow to speak out against Israel’s actions because Israel has strategically cocooned herself with ‘you have to side with us, we are The Jews’ verbal diarrhea (speak against the Jesus killers and be labeled anti Semitic)?
Not that it matters, I am just a struggling writer/author, Israel is out of line; and they need to be reprimanded with a heavy hand (sanctions) from the international community. But, the political beating must come from someone other than me and a couple thousand protesters. We are just a loud voice that has not been heard in years.
"It’s hard to imagine what being in Gaza does to someone’s will until you’ve come here. You no longer feel alive, in fact, you’re not living; you’re just killing time until some sort of change happens."-Kenneth Ring
Written by Brian E. Payne. Inspired by: Israel is PERVERSE, and no one with clout ever says so out loud.