You never know, with kids, how they will meet and mix with strangers, but today it worked. First Baptist Church of Princeton had its Youth in Jeans day today. It was an inspiring and exciting service. Before the processional, two youth from Princeton United Methodist Church struck up a conversation with three young Baptist women and discovered — that they go to the same schools, Mercer County Community College and West Windsor Plainsboro Schools. When they parted, they were exchanging emails.
They picketed the funerals of those felled in Tucson, and now they are coming to New Jersey. But people are bandingtogether to protest the protestors, the extremists from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.
U.S. Army Spc
Benjamin Moore, a Bordentown
native, was killed in Afghanistan, and his funeral is this Saturday atTrinity
United Methodist Church. The mayor of Bordentown
has issued a proclamation
honoring the fallen soldier. At least 150 people including VFW members, the soldier’s fellow firefighters, a group called Compassionate Friends, and retirees from the New Jersey State Police plan a counter demonstration.
Like the citizens of Tucson, they have an action plan
. They will offer a human fence to protect friends and family, and a group called Angels will dress up in outfits with large wings to hide the protesters. (Above, a picture of an Angel group in Tucson).
Reverend Tom Miller, the pastor at Trinity, says everyone who wants to be supportive is welcome. There are parking concerns, so a lot has been set up on Route 130 south at a former Acme Market, where there will be shuttles to take people into town. As of Wednesday evening, according to the Facebook page
of “Angels for Ben,” supporters are invited to meet at this parking lot at 6 a.m. to be shuttled into town by 7:30 a.m. The viewing begins at 9 a.m. at the church. In contrast to the expected behavior of the Westboro
contingent, the counter demonstration is to be peaceful and nonconfrontational
Says Bordentown: Not in our town, will we allow hate to prevail.
(This post was taken from Princeton Comment)
(This post is taken from the WHYY website for Radio Times).
Last year, in a speech at the Justice Department, attorney general Eric Holder called Americans cowards when it comes to talking honestly about race. He said, “Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
Why is it so difficult to have conversations about race? Marty Moss-Coane talked this morning (Friday, January 14) with Princeton’s Melissa Harris-Perry and John L. Jackson of the University of Pennsylvania. It will be rebroadcast tonight at 10 p.m. on WHYY and is available by MP#.
They discussed whether we talk differently about race now than at the height of the civil rights movement, and whether the presidency of Barack Obama has changed the way we think about race.
First Baptist Church is having its annual “Kids in Jeans” Youth Day on Sunday, January 24, at 10:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for students to take part in the wider community, to represent their congregations and widen their own horizons. The church is located at John Street and Paul Robeson Place (609-924-0877).