As the winds of division blow and the fear of what tomorrow may bring sets seeds of anxiety, I can hear the words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last sermon on April 3, 1968: “The time is always right to do right.”

In the midst of an era of blatant hypocrisy, some individuals who were given the responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution have abdicated their sworn duty to individuals who have no respect or deference for it.

From my vantage, they seem to be committing these acts with the blessings of men and women who profess to have a higher calling. This group is so intent on having conservative judges appointed, who they believe share their beliefs, that they turn a blind eye to the “Universality of Sin.” What they’ve forgotten is that judges have sworn to uphold the rule of law and to be the custodians of justice.

King said, “Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” It is so lugubrious when people of Christian faith follow someone who is inherently vulgar, racist, misogynistic and a pathological liar. This isn’t radical, but fact.

How can anyone who professes to follow Christ tolerate innocent children being kept in cages? How can they stand by and watch this person in whom they’ve placed their faith, call women dogs and congressmen losers and light weight? Certainly, we all have our shortcomings, but we should always strive to do what’s right.

Therefore, the so-called left and right must come to the realization that no one is ever 100 percent right all of the time. That is what makes us human.

We must strive to recognize, understand and overcome our own biases to make this a more perfect union. The preamble to the Constitution gives us the road map to overcoming these prevalent problems. Our faith, which supersedes the preamble, will cause us to love one another, lift up one another and care for one another.

I’m proud to say that in our community we have a movement of solidarity, transparency and sharing that has been in existence for almost eight years. The West End Ministers and Leaders have been meeting monthly with the Texas City and La Marque police chiefs and departments.

These meetings gave birth to strong community relationships, which have now begun to provide a forum for advocates of resource organizations, for members of the community, all faith groups and surrounding areas to attend and share information to all in attendance. Our city, county, and district elected officials attend regularly as well. Everyone is invited. Come and witness unity in action. We’re exclusively non-political.

Since the consolidation of our school districts, there’s a stronger community outreach for our youth because they must feel that this is one community. The La Marque and Texas City police departments are actively working with our youth and school districts consistently.

The Rev. James E. Daniels is the founder and chairman of the Eagle’s Nest Community Action Committee and lives in Texas City.

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Carlos Ponce

" How can they stand by and watch this person in whom they’ve placed their faith, call women dogs...."
"And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”
Matthew 15: 22-27
I still put my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

"How can anyone who professes to follow Christ tolerate innocent children being kept in cages?" The "cages" were built and used during the Obama administration as documented by Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar in 2014.
https://www.businessinsider.com/immigration-border-crisis-photos-2014-6

Ron Woody

With all due respect Reverend Daniels, I agree with your call for unity and doing what is right and then you dive right into the name calling and misleading statements that have no substance.

In order to make sure I addressed you by your proper title I looked at the picture and literally laughed out loud when I saw the hat you were wearing. I try to be consistent in how I view all people, I pray that I do this through the eyes of Christ with charity and forgiveness in my heart. When I read the remarks you made about the President and then see you wearing a hat supporting Jerry Jones' I can not stop smiling. Yes, one is the President and one is just the owner of a football team, but both have influence and both appear to have similar flaws as have us all.

Reverend Daniels you specifically mention the courts, there have been 27 nationwide injunctions by District Federal Courts in the first two years of President Trump's term. In President Obama's first two years there were two. Who is using the courts to make the justice system illegitimate.

Reverend Daniels I am not asking for perfection all I am asking is do not hide behind your faith to justify your hypocrisy. There are some money changers waiting for you to join them.

ON A FINAL NOTE GREAT JOB USING YOUR POSITION AS A LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY TO WORK WITH OTHERS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN GALVESTON COUNTY! For all of us please keep up the good work.

Ron Woody

My apologies to Carlos for getting a fact incorrect as I know he will correct me.

There have been 37 Nationwide Federal District Court Injunctions during President Trump's tenure. There were only 27 in the entire 100 years of the 20th century!

Emile Pope

Interesting comment. In other words the fact that trump's policies have so many injunctions against them doesn't mean that his policies are wrong, unjust, or unconstitutional. It means that the courts are unfair and biased. I guess the fact that career criminals have lengthy police records means that the cops are wrong and biased against them also. I guess unindicted co-conspirator #1 is being unfairly treated....

Carlos Ponce

"It means that the courts are unfair and biased." When you look at how many are overturned upon appeal, that's right.

Carlos Ponce

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in the high court ruling last year that REVERSED a lower court injunction against Trump’s extreme vetting policy, wrote in a concurring opinion that “universal injunctions are legally and historically dubious.”
Separately, during oral arguments in a 2018 case, Justice Neil Gorsuch talked about the “troubling rise of [the] nationwide injunction, cosmic injunction … not limited to relief for the parties at issue or even a class action.”
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 2016 redistricting decision Cooper v. Harris that when federal district courts impose national injunctions, it “invites the losers to seek to obtain in court what they could not achieve in the political arena.”
SCOTUS case, Trump v. Hawaii-the president has unquestionable authority to shut off any or all forms of immigration when he believes it’s detrimental to American interests, as it plainly says in 8 U.S.C. §1182.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people from the military may go into effect despite multiple lower court rulings against it.

Emile Pope

The majority of the Supreme Court are right wing and intolerant...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, their observations bear merit. Yours do not.

Kelly Naschke

Anyone else see the irony in Daniels rant appearing adjacent to the political satire in the print edition?

Emile Pope

Calling something a rant to try and discredit it? Typical...

Paula Flinn

Thank you for writing, Rev. Daniels. I did not find anything hypocritical in your words. Your work with others for unity is admirable. Galveston will certainly benefit from this.

Wayne Holt

"In the midst of an era of blatant hypocrisy, some individuals who were given the responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution have abdicated their sworn duty to individuals who have no respect or deference for it."

For a minute there, I thought the reverend was referring to the use of the IRS to squeeze legitimate conservative groups then allowing with impunity the destruction of files proving it, setting up surveillance of a lawfully elected president with the sole purpose of overturning the results of a national election, slow walking investigations of cabinet officials who willfully broke US law in setting up private servers to run government affairs without secure communications then wiping the evidence of their illegality...and on and on.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered upon closer reading he was referring to the present administration.

Charles Douglas

Question for the Reverend. Why did Obama hide that cozy picture of Louis Farrakhan and himself playing up to each other for all of the eight years he was in office? Why did Carter,Bush, Lil Bush, Clinton, and Obama turn a blind eye to China ripping this country off for an estimated five hundred billion dollars a year during their years in office? All that just stopped when THAT BAD MAN TOOK OFFICE!
Why was our allies allowed to rip America off by not paying their share of NATO operation costs, and for their own defense, but took delight in letting the stupid Americans pay for everything? That went on for years, until THAT BAD MAN GOT ELECTED! Taxpayers ought to be very happy now! That bad man, must have found that magic wand, which the last commander and chief said he would have to have to bring all these manufacturing jobs back which we see floating around inside this country again! Must be so, because the last potus said that these jobs we see now, would NEVER come back! Funny thing, though because there are some who are lying now saying the same man who said that.... is the one who is responsible for them being back! That is so funny, amusing, and ludicrous!!! Lastly, I want to say this with all sincerity, ....1) " I urge,first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- 2) for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3) This is good and pleases God our Savior. ( 1 Timothy 2:1-3 ) Try this instead of constantly criticizing, lamblasting, velifying, and excoriating our leader, at least he knows the difference between a red line in the sand, and a yellow streak up his back! I don't see Iran boarding our ships and putting our sailors on their knees with AK47 assault rifles in their faces in the mist of tears coming out of their eyes any more, do you? There is a reason for this! It's call respect for America and fear of it's deviating power! Fear and respect. Under the last potus we had nothing! Think on these things before we start ripping THAT BAD MAN AGAIN! I want to also say that with those I see auditioning to run against that BAD MAN, ..... it is a foregone conclusion that he will have another four years to make this country even greater. He gives every American a chance to be a victor instead of holding out hands for handouts and being satisfied to be somebody's victim! I walked off that plantation years ago and never looked back!

Emile Pope

What in the world are you talking about?

Emile Pope

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/trump-golf-102-million-taxpayers-094500724.html

Emile Pope

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-golf-102-million-taxpayers_n_5ce46727e4b09b23e65a01bb

Carlos Ponce

And are those trips just to play golf? Not many.
Feb 3-6, 2017 - Trip to Mar - a - Lago AND to MacDill Air Force Base to meet with military commanders, receive briefings
February 10 - 12 - Trip to Mar - a - Lago to play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and discuss Japanese-American relations
February 17-20 Trip to Mar - a - Lago to announce H. R. McMaster as the new National Security Advisor and he played golf
March 3 - 5 - President Trump talked about education reform at St. Andrews Catholic School in Pine Hills and then traveled to the Mar-a-Lago resort.
March 17–19 Trip to Mar - a - Lago to play golf THAT'S ONE!
April 6-9 - trip to Mar-a-Lago to host Chinese President Xi Jinping
April 13-16 - Trip to Mar- a - Lago to play golf. THAT'S TWO
November 21–26 trip to Mar-a - Lago visit the Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet and play golf
etc.
As usual in their hit pieces, Huffington neglects to mention most of his "golf trips" also had a more diplomatic/executive motive.

Emile Pope

Because they didn't. Your comments are useless. Why did he have to go to Mar-a-lago to do those things. Is there a strategic base there? Is that a hub of activity? An embassy? Were those people already there? No!!! He had those people to go there to meet him while he was there to golf. The fact that he goes there to play golf and has people meet him there who would not ordinarily be there doesn't make it diplomatic or executive. Was the White House being remodeled? Camp David closed for repair? No. He went there to play golf and steal from the American taxpayer who had to pay him for his trips...

Carlos Ponce

"Why did he have to go to Mar-a-lago to do those things. Is there a strategic base there?"
Mar - a - Lago is a secured location and was so before Trump became president. Since Trump owns the place there was no need to make special arrangements to use the facilities. Could he let them stay gratis at Mar-a-Lago? No. That would be against the law.
Mar-a-Lago is strategically situated to visit several military facilities.

Emile Pope

Wrong. The White House is a secured location. Mara wasn’t a secured location until trump got elected and had it made into one. Your position is laughable...

Carlos Ponce

"The White House is a secured location." Is there a golf course at the White House? Prime Minister Abe of Japan et al wanted to play golf. It would not surprise me if they specifically requested Trump's golf course since it is considered one of the best. Tiger Woods likes it.[beam]

Emile Pope

Who cares what Tiger Woods likes? The taxpayers are stuck with a bill because of him? Nothing but a crook...

Carlos Ponce

Tiger Woods is a pro golfer and knows an excellent golf course when he plays on one. Is Emile an expert on golf courses now?

Emile Pope

Woods is a professional golfer. trump is president. So why is he wasting taxpayer money hanging around golf courses?

Carlos Ponce

Visiting foreign dignitaries and officials etc. want to play golf.

Emile Pope

All of those people he met there wanted to play golf? Your arguments are inane...

Carlos Ponce

Not inane - TRUTH!
Educate yourself, Emile. Businessmen and political leaders get a lot accomplished on the golf course.

Carlos Ponce

"All of those people he met there wanted to play golf?"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/japans-charm-campaign-ready-to-roll-golf-sumo-await-trump/2019/05/24/502b9b72-7e3a-11e9-b1f3-b233fe5811ef_story.html?utm_term=.3c94d31d53f7
"Japan’s charm campaign ready to roll: Golf, sumo await Trump"

Emile Pope

Didn't say that when President Obama was in office...and he spent far, far less time on golf courses. And he didn't personally profit from the trips. Nothing but a crook and a rotten leader...

Charles Douglas

I'm just glad that bad man is intelligent enough to spend a little TAX payer money on himself after all the billions he is pulling back to America that other derilect presidents have allowed to be stolen from us or just taken from us from stupidly! Bad deals, catering and bowing to Egyptian kings and kissing the rings of mid-Eastern princes an such! Please don't forget about that four hundred million dollars Obama had deliver to his friends in Iran in the dead of night to keep it secret! Some secret! Peep this! That was just a down payment of 1.7 billion that he later coughed up to his buddies and they promised not to make a bomb for a few years until he left office. Yeah .. but that BAD MAN PUT AN END to all that. Which reminds me, I need to send my monthly contributions to help him out with these lightweights who want to pay me reparations to stay on their plantation. Thank God for a sound mind and an education.

Emile Pope

I just hope that you're a Russian bot instead of a clueless person...

Charles Douglas

Yeah! Yeah! Yardee de yardee Yah! I love you too! You and your trash spurring. I'm not impressed. Might help you to get away from fake news outlets like CNN , CNBC, and all the rest of those left leaning fools who are hoping to keep minorities on the farm. Check and see who are getting more abortions than anybody else, and just maybe you might see why the left thinks it great!

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