Yeh, I’d vote for Jesus

Sparks are emanating from the political front of American society.  The 2012 election is in its kindling stage and pretty soon, fire will engulf our eyes and ears from every media source possible.  This weekend when we Catholics proclaim “Long live Christ the King,” it would do us well to recognize that our own kindling could use a few more sparks.  

A mulit-tiered conundrum dwells in the hearts of Catholics everywhere when the voting booths are put up.  We question whether we are informed enough on the public issues, which of the names on our ballot is the better of the evils and whether or not our choices will be used against us on judgment day.  It is quite a paradoxical situation for those of Christ’s Church namely because we are citizens of both a spiritual Kingdom and a physical democracy.  
My duty to God tells me that I must protect life, justice, and peace.  My duty to my country just happens to be the same.  So why can’t there be one candidate who can do all three without being steered into political debacle, economic distrust, and/or inconsistency?  The answer is because Jesus can’t be our president, nor could anyone like him.  Archbishop Fulton Sheen said it best when he wrote “The people hate the upright because they challenge their norms.  They also hate the felons because they challenge their safety.  Therefore, the mediocre is only allowed to survive” (paraphrased).  
Democracy and Catholicism differ greatly in their approaches to achieving the protection of life, peace, and justice.  However, the two are conjoined by a common conscience that has its root in God’s will  Perhaps if we can join them together, we might be able to regain the trust of our officials be meeting them eye to eye on the same economic, political and intellectual level- at the foot of the cross.

Until Jesus comes back, we are stuck with two robbers who have been crucified at His side.  My vote is for the good thief.
Long live Christ the King!

ELLs to Be Taken Away by Crimson Tide?

A lot of publicity has been given to the recent Immigration Law passed in Arizona that sets an already overworked police force up for racial profiling accusations. Apparently, Texas is planning on introducing a similar law that would set up even more debates about immigration. Even more recently, Governor hopeful of Alabama, Tim James, has vowed to follow this bandwagon and eliminate all foreign languages from the Crimson State. Check out what he has to say:

With the airwaves filled with such ignorance and intolerance regarding race, what effects could these laws have on our ELLs (English Language Learners)?

Most educators have been blessed enough to have ELL students over the course of their career. Although the language gaps can be challenging, the cultural literacy that our ELL students bring to the table are tremendously helpful to the teaching of tolerance in our rooms. Without their differences, our students would have less outlets to understand the world outside of their communities.

That is why the laws that the State lawmakers are writing are illogical, uneducated, and damaging to our nation’s progress. These laws are ridding our nation of its cultural uniqueness, its future bilingual leaders, and a gold-mine of diversity. As a result of these losses, it will become harder for our students to become successful in the future globalized society that Arizona, Texas, and Alabama are attempting to impede. There’s got to be another way.

President Obama has already put in has two cents about the law, and thankfully they are being reviewed now by the Supreme Court. But in the meantime, we can’t help but wonder what is going on in the minds of our ELL students, especially those who are here legally, but their parents not.

May Jesus live in our hearts forever!