The Pacific Northwest is where I live. Today (May 26), an Associated Press reporter, Nicholas K. Geranios, published an article about far-right extremists “maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.” The author goes on to say:
“In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America’s Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
Just two weeks ago we were in Spokane for the graduation of the Chinese woman who lives with us along with her daughter. She was receiving her PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. We are very proud of her. For a celebration dinner we went to a restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, ID. We walked up and down the main street of the resort town. We were going to eat outdoors but the noise level was too high. Lots of big Harley motorcycles but no one gave us attention in any way that made us nervous. For this, I am very grateful! According to Mr Geranios, both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are ground zero for this current gathering of extremists hate groups.
In the past I have taken a very strong position against hate groups, most particularly, the Ku Klux Klan. On Saturday night there had been an armed Klan rally in Arlington, TX. On Sunday morning, I was providing church services in Wilmer, TX. Wilmer is only 33 miles southeast of Arlington. At the Communion Table I stated that there was no room for any members of the Klan at this Table as long as I was pastoring there. My wife had images of crosses burning in our front yard. I didn’t care then and I don’t care now. In my way of thinking, hate groups are an immoral affront to my God.
When I started this blog, I told myself to be courageous. I needed to be forthright about my mental illness issues and my social conscience issues. Today is one of those days that I take a stand on a social issue.