I sent a letter to Barry West pointing out that, as a public official, it is his duty to represent all of his constituents, regardless of their religious beliefs. Posting what amounts to a threat of bodily harm to people, based on their religious beliefs, is a failure to perform that duty.
I pointed out to him that the founding fathers had set up the separation between church and state for good reason, having seen the religious persecution prior to the American Revolution. For example, in the colony of North Carolina, it was classed as a breach of the peace for anyone other than an ordained Episcopalian minister to preach a sermon. Many preachers of other denominations, particularly Baptist, served time in jail for the crime of preaching.
I told Barry West that if he doesn't feel he can perform his sworn duty to represent all of his constituents, regardless of their religious beliefs, then he should leave politics.
I like the suggestion of renaming Forrest Park to Memphis Battery Light Artillery (African Descent) Memorial Park, after the military unit slaughtered at Fort Pillow by Forrest's troops. That way, given the Republican's own bill, Forrest will be remembered in the proper manner.
Of course, Nashville will still have that remarkably ugly plastic statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, located on private land next to I-65.
Refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance does not necessarily indicate disloyalty to the nation. For example, some religious groups, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, have been excused for decades from having to recite the Pledge. They consider pledging allegiance to the flag a form of idolatry, and so are excused on religious liberty grounds. I don't know Henri Brook's religious affiliation, but this might be the reason she refused to recite the pledge.
I would still like to know about how they plan to have enough lanes on West End/Harding Road to allow for two dedicated bus lanes. From 440 to St. Thomas, the roadway is only five lanes wide, counting the central turn lane. Purchasing additional right-of-way to allow for widening the street will be expensive, narrowing the existing lanes to add one more lane on the existing pavement will make the lanes dangerously narrow, and changing two of the existing lanes to be bus-only will mean that there will either be only one outbound lane for cars or only one inbound lane for cars, either of which would make commuting by automobile much slower.
I wrote the mayor's office about this several months ago; they forwarded the message to the department planning the bus lanes, which did not give me a reply.
Another thing we are unlikely to ever see is wine made from orange juice. As anyone who has ever let orange juice sit around too long in the refrigerator can attest, fermented orange juice contains not only alcohol but also something with an extremely bitter taste.
Incidentally, Worcestershire sauce has anchovies as one of its ingredients, so a lot more Westerners have tasted a form of fish sauce than realize it.
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