A busy day turned into a busy night, eventually capped with watching Yu Darvish get bled for four runs before his Texas Rangers teammates rushed in to the rescue, hanging eight on the Mariners on the way to an 11-5 win for the team and for its new ace. Sweet win.
THE TULSA TRAGEDIES: I am as repelled as the next person by the specter of the Tulsa tragedies, a shooting spree that left three people dead and two wounded. The victims were all black and the suspects are white. But call it Trayvon syndrome or whatever you like-- attention is already being ladled out in wildly disproportionate fashion. Imagine some white folks brutally murdered by some black people. It happens. Maybe sometimes it’s because they just don’t like white people. Never in a million years would such a crime get the waves of attention the Tulsa story does.
The reason is clear: hate crimes committed by black people do not advance a narrative of an evil America still mired in the morass of the tensions of a half century ago. There are those who actively seek to portray America in that negative light in order to grease the wheels of their agenda--the suggestion that only an activist, expansionist government can protect minorities from predatory whites.
I do not suggest that white people are done some disservice because hate crimes against them are under-stigmatized. I do suggest that America is disserved by a poisonous double standard advanced by opportunists seeking to divide America along our shared road of racial reconciliation.
JESUS’ CHAMPION..AND HIS BURIAL CLOTH: There are stories about both as the week begins. First, Tim Tebow spoke at an Easter service in Texas, drawing 15,000, and sparking another wave of reaction from people who love him, people who can’t figure him out and people who live to insult him.
After hearing a thousand people weigh in on the Tebow phenomenon, we all know why people love him., They are people of faith who love seeing that faith lived and unapologetically celebrated by a public figure. The people who shower disdain on him are intimidated by that faith, because it makes them look bad by comparison. And for those baffled by him, here's the bottom line: He actually believes what Jesus said and obeys it. Christians are called to live an active faith, not merely to file into church submissively on Sunday and stay mute about it for the other six days. So few Christians actually follow this teaching that the ones who do stand out by comparison. And when the active Christian is already famous, look for the devout to embrace him, and for religious bigots to criticize him with extra gusto.
Meanwhile, a new book suggests the Shroud of Turin, Jesus’ supposed burial cloth, is genuine. This follows other books and articles suggesting it is fake, which came after others suggesting it is real. This will never end. Readers will always gravitate toward the approaches they agree with, and there are plenty of people in both camps. I am a thorough believer in the story of the Gospels, but I do not need the Shroud to be real to bolster my faith. I would love definitive scientific evidence of its authenticity, but we will never have it.
WOMEN AT AUGUSTA: The controversy over whether the country club that hosts the Masters should admit women arises every year. And every year we see it hijacked by precisely the wrong concept. It is not Augusta National’s job to make women feel better by admitting them. It is their job to have whatever rules they wish, and if they wish to have exclusively male membership, they may do so. If a club down the road seeks to admit only women, they may do so, without a peep of protest from me.
This is nothing like racial exclusion. The only reason to bar certain races is a disregard based on pigment. On matters of gender, there is something special and validly desirable about the exclusive company of people of the same gender. Of course men and women properly co-exist in every walk of life-- but if every once in a while, men want to be around men and women want to be around women, everybody else should just shut up.