I’m American-made, Bud Light, Chevrolet…
My mama taught me wrong from right
I was born in the South
Sometimes I have a big mouth
When I see somethin’ that I don’t like, I gotta say it
– Sheryl Crow “Real Gone”
“I was born in the North and the North gave me roots. But I grew up in the South where I found my wings and my voice.” – Lynn
Well you can say what you want
But you can’t say it ’round here
‘Cause they’ll catch you and give you a whippin’
Well I believe I was right
When I said you were wrong
You didn’t like the sound of that now did ya?
– Sheryl Crow “Real Gone”
“It is not enough to know what we believe. We must also know why we believe as we do & be able to explain it to others that they might understand & consider believing as well.” – Lynn
“Some things are absolutely wrong, some things are absolutely true and it is eventually possible to determine both correctly.” – Lynn
“Johnny Reb,” the statue of a confederate soldier, stood in Lake Eola, a city park in Orlando, FL, for 100 years. The monument was placed to honor “soldiers, sailors and statesmen of the Confederate States of America.” I doubt that many even paid attention to it. I know I never did; it was just part of the landscape and I was used to it being there.
When David Porter, a local blogger and former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, began advocating for the statue’s removal, people suddenly started noticing it. He called the statue an “icon of white supremacy” and a racist remnant of slavery.
Maybe some people will always need a cause. Maybe some people just need a place to hang the anger they carry around all day. Maybe some people need to grow a thicker skin. Or maybe a lot of people need to stop telling themselves some historical event that happened long before they were born owes them something…
At any rate, Porter, a black man, took offense to the statue and wanted it removed. And he wanted it removed before Orlando United Day on June 12th, the day of a ceremony at Lake Eola to honor the 49 victims of the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse. Porter said, “After last year’s Pulse massacre, local officials stood up against hatred and saluted diversity, yet the Confederate statue remains in Lake Eola. Orlando leaders need to ask themselves, ‘Do you support white supremacy over people of color?’ ”
In June of 2017, after a short season of low-key, non-violent protests, this statue was quietly removed and given a new home. “Johnny Reb” was re-erected not many miles away in a cemetery where many Civil War soldiers are buried. That sits well with me.
What doesn’t sit so well with me is the proliferation of rainbow murals and shrines that are popping up in very prominent public places around Orlando to honor those who were murdered at Pulse. The repainting of the bandshell at Lake Eola in a rainbow… the rainbow murals on the sides of buildings around the downtown area… ORLANDO UNITED signs are everywhere.
I have my reasons for suspecting that Pulse, like Boston, was a staged false flag with crisis actors so there is that. Also, I believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of the one true God. I believe what the Bible says about homosexuality – that it is sin. I do not celebrate gay pride, nor do I attack those who embrace and flaunt this lifestyle.
I realize my beliefs are at odds with what is currently popular and, most likely, safe to proclaim, but I do not appreciate that my city seems to be going overboard with memorials in support of those of a certain lifestyle simply because 49 people were allegedly murdered in a gay nightclub.
Is being gay the biggest thing that defined them? I doubt it. Are multiple public memorials needed for one tragedy so we can never move on? I say no. Isn’t a headstone in the cemetery and the monument planned for the site of the Pulse nightclub enough?
Am I going to use my influence as a blogger, am I going to stage a protest, am I going to deface public property to express my beliefs? No, I am not.
Am I going to use what has been done to Christians for centuries and continues to this present day to demand special treatment for myself when, as of yet, I have not experienced such persecution? No, I am not.
Strong individuals built this nation. I think it’s time we get back to seeing ourselves that way, abandon the herd mentality and govern ourselves accordingly. If we do, maybe statues will go back to being statues and rainbows will be something beautiful that appears after a thunderstorm.