Bill Rice from Dawn’s Early Light sent this email to me and has graciously allowed me to post it in its entirety. It further explains Bill’s point of view in regards to the underlying reasons for the French riots which is currently a hot debate topic among fellow SCBA bloggers.
Thanks Dale for joining in the fray. I was at Occidental College (Eagle Rock, LA) during the 92 riots and walked into the Library with a blue sky and walked out hours later to see bits of ash in the air around me and smoke in the sky.
I grew up in Arcadia, east of Pasadena and headed for my old neighborhood. After they were over, I drove down with friends to the first AME church in one of the harder hit sections of LA.
On that day, I saw one of the greatest examples of Christian charity. Cars lined up to deliver supplies all day long, but the lasting memory was of a bread truck. Inside the slow moving bread truck were two Koreans (and we all remember the hatred between black have nots and Korean store owner “haves”) who had driven up to provide a whole truck of bread from their bakery. It was a risky move and one that showed tremendous love.
I am sure there are incidents like this in France too, but I fear because the loss of a Christian core in France that the wrong answers may be addressed.
My whole point for this dialogue is that it is easy to blame the Muslims in the French riots and I would be the first to do so if it is indeed the cause. But if it isn’t the cause, the Christian community comes off looking like zealots.
The French system is the catalyst for the problem, but Radical Islam will most likely benefit. That is a tragedy.
“But if it [Radical Islam] isn’t the cause, the Christian community comes off looking like zealots. … but Radical Islam will most likely benefit. That is a tragedy.” So very true — painfully true. (db)
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