Telling the Truth Isn’t For the Faint of Heart

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Telling the Truth Isn't For the Faint of Heart

by baldilocks

… espe­cially if you work for the gov­ern­ment, work for a Repub­li­can, and are wear­ing the wrong paint job:

A Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity offi­cial resigned Thurs­day after a report revealed he had made racist (sic) remarks in past radio interviews.

The Rev. Jamie John­son, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Faith-​Based and Neigh­bor­hood Part­ner­ships at DHS, said in a 2008 radio show that the black com­mu­nity had turned “America’s major cities into slums because of lazi­ness, drug use and sex­ual promiscuity.”

DHS spokesman Tyler Houl­ton told the Daily News that Act­ing Sec­re­tary Elaine Duke accepted his resignation.

His com­ments made prior to join­ing the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity clearly do not reflect the val­ues of DHS and the admin­is­tra­tion,” Houl­ton said in a statement. (…)

In another dis­cus­sion, John­son said Pres­i­dent George W. Bush made a “crit­i­cal mis­take” after the Sept. 11 ter­ror attacks when he called Islam a reli­gion of peace.

Peo­ple who want a mod­er­ate ver­sion of Islam world­wide, the Islam that doesn’t cut peo­ples’ heads off and cut their fin­gers off and tor­ture and bru­tal­ize and rape, they want a mod­er­ate Islam,” he said.

And, of course, he apol­o­gized and refuted his own words. Sad, but not sur­pris­ing. I would be more sur­prised if a politi­cian or gov­ern­ment offi­cial owned obser­va­tions like this and expounded fur­ther on them.

How­ever, that such a pub­lic man of God would show so lit­tle back­bone is much more dis­heart­en­ing. There are many, many other hard truths to be unflinch­ingly told. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Way, the Truth, and the Life are the prime can­di­dates to tell all objec­tive and unapolo­getic truth. I guess this par­tic­u­lar rep­re­sen­ta­tive isn’t up to it. Good to know.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

… especially if you work for the government, work for a Republican, and are wearing the wrong paint job:

A Department of Homeland Security official resigned Thursday after a report revealed he had made racist (sic) remarks in past radio interviews.

The Rev. Jamie Johnson, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS, said in a 2008 radio show that the black community had turned “America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.”

DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton told the Daily News that Acting Secretary Elaine Duke accepted his resignation.

“His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration,” Houlton said in a statement. (…)

In another discussion, Johnson said President George W. Bush made a “critical mistake” after the Sept. 11 terror attacks when he called Islam a religion of peace.

“People who want a moderate version of Islam worldwide, the Islam that doesn’t cut peoples’ heads off and cut their fingers off and torture and brutalize and rape, they want a moderate Islam,” he said.

And, of course, he apologized and refuted his own words. Sad, but not surprising. I would be more surprised if a politician or government official owned observations like this and expounded further on them.

However, that such a public man of God would show so little backbone is much more disheartening. There are many, many other hard truths to be unflinchingly told. Representatives of the Way, the Truth, and the Life are the prime candidates to tell all objective and unapologetic truth. I guess this particular representative isn’t up to it. Good to know.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!