Live and let live?
My wife and I overheard a conversation at a Traverse City doctor's office recently. It went something like this. First lady — Are you still as active as you always were at your Christian church? Second lady — No, I was born and raised in that church but when they started preaching hatred of the Jews from the pulpit, I quit and have not been back.
Fast forward a couple of weeks to the Record-Eagle, Nov. 18. First Congregational Church barred a Muslim prayer from their choral concert.
Of course, we Christians all know that we are far superior to any non-Christians. What happened to the old Christian saying, "live and let live?" Two local Christian churches promoting hate? No wonder the world is in such a mess.
A hidden agenda
With the recent ban on alcohol at three of the city parks being used to address the problem of the homeless, it makes me wonder if the city is using the ban to hide and solve a hidden agenda; that being that they don't want any homeless people in Traverse City.
I believe that the city is trying to "push" the homeless out of the city limits by banning alcohol in the parks in order to make the city more attractive to tourists. While this is a short-term solution, it's not the best solution to the problem. Why doesn't the city look at what is causing the homeless problem and how they could use the time and resources spent up in enforcing this ban to solve this problem and help those who truly need a hand?
This problem is not going to go away by pushing them away; they will still drink and still need a place to stay. It will just be moved to another location and still be a problem for someone else. Traverse City has always been a progressive city and we can do better than "making it someone else's problem."