Why I Walked Out of Church Today: Post 9/11, Flags do not Belong in Churches


The sermon in church on the recent Boston bombings today made me sick.  I am sick of sermons about terrorism in American churches that use divisive rhetoric of “us versus them.” Rhetoric that speaks of the “evil” done by individuals as if they are isolated actors divorced from societal influences.  The bottom line is that the American Christian church needs to take a cue from the Zen Buddhists and the Quakers that wars start and end with the mind.  Wars are fed by the idea that life in just one big black and white binary opposite. Grey exists too.  I do not trust churches that place American flags in their sanctuaries.   My hope is that I can write up these ideas into a paper for my Pastor as Person class fleshing out in more detail why I feel this way and explaining to others the need for peaceful, nondivisive language from American pulpits.

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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