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

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