Shut Up, Listen, Save A Life

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 23, 2012

This is a double repost from this time three years ago. A news story at the time was the Jaheem Herrera. He grew tired of the bullies, and hung himself.
“They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said.. “All the time they’d call him this.” Many words were written about the gay bullying. Very few were said about the snitch part. We will never know which one hurt the most. Mr. Herrera would be 14 now.
The other part of this feature was based on an email from Allen Hunt. PG was added to this mailing list after he sent an email to Mr. Hunt. After a few unpleasant exchanges, Mr. Hunt removed PG from the list. The Allen Hunt radio show is still broadcast on sunday night. His motto is that it is not about right or left, but right or wrong. PG suspects that the show’s moral gyroscope needs to be calibrated.

PG got wound up today about a report involving super glue eight time zones away. Meanwhile, an 11 year old man, who stayed a few exits down the perimeter, hung himself.
“They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said.. “All the time they’d call him this.”
Jaheem Herrera was from St. Croix, in the American Virgin Islands. The picture shows that he had light skin. Dunaire Elementary School is on South Indian Creek Road in Stone Mountain. The area is predominantly African American.

PG does not know any of the kids who bullied Mr. Herrera. He suspects that many are Jesus Worshipers. The Jesus Worship Church has preachers that verbally abuse the congregation. The Jesus Worship Church has a book which teaches the hatred of homosexuals. They call it “The Word of G-d”.
The Jesus Worship Church has a phrase…”shame the devil”. PG wonders if “devil” was one of the things Mr. Herrera was called, along with gay and snitch. He looked different than his abusers, and was from a different place.

PG worked for seven years with a professional Jesus Worshiper. He clearly remembers the time that “Minister” taught PG the truth about Jesus.

“Minister” shouted down and humiliated PG one day, for  Jesus. After the mugging was over, “Minister” got a phone call. He picked up the phone and screamed “I never felt better in my life”.

Jesus Worship is an aggressive, angry business. Sometimes the results are fatal.

The email was from the Allen Hunt Show. . Mr. Hunt is a radio whiner, who used to be a Minister. He still talks about religion, whenever and wherever.

The message yesterday was about “3 simple things you can to do grow forward in your faith life. “ The three items are read, pray, and talk. The reader(s) of this blog should know what is coming next.

PG “I received your letter about three words to improve your “faith life” I don’t have a problem with reading. I think more than five pages a day is indicated. I also think that any book..not just religious books…will be beneficial. Even if all you do is have fun, you have done something worthwhile.

The second two words…pray and talk…are way, way overrated. Jesus worshipers talk too much and listen too little. When you talk, you need to pay attention to your audience. You need to have the trust and respect of this person. You need to shut up and listen when it is their turn to talk.

Prayer is talking to G-d. Meditation is listening to G-d. Our culture does not value listening, and this is a serious problem.

A few days ago, an 11 year old in Stone Mountain grew tired of the abuse of his classmates, and committed suicide. How many of those bully children were Jesus Worshipers? How many of those preachers shout angry messages to those children? How many of those children were taught to hate gay people in their churches? I don’t see any of your messages about these issues.

The inability of Jesus Worshipers to quit their wonderful talking and listen to others is one of the biggest problems in our society. Your message…encouraging people to talk, after they read their five pages a day… makes the problem worse.”

AH ” If we do not talk with each other, how do we grow?”

PG ” by listening”

AH ” If no one is talking, no one can listen “

PG ” don’t worry there will always be someone who wants to talk…Right now, the focus of the Jesus Woship church should be toning down the anger and the shouting, reducing the level of venom in the church, before we lose any more 11 year old boys to suicide.”

Mr. Hunt did not reply to this last message. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

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