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What happened in Bethel

2020-07-07 15:14:54.920708+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Fascinating: What happened in Bethel Ohio

In his sermon, Eblin said he’d seen one of Lonnie’s videos and heard people saying that there wasn’t anything wrong with Bethel — that everyone loves everyone. But then he recalled his own research as he talked to people before moving to the town. “It was confirmed by people, even in this church, that Bethel is known for its churches,” he said, “but also for being a racist town.”

“Is that an unfair statement about this town?” he asked his congregation. “Well, that’s its reputation. And if it’s unfounded, then what better way of trying to correct it than saying it’s not who we are? If someone’s trying to go through peacefully and say ‘Black lives matter’ [...] then say ‘yeah, Black lives matter.’ And I hope I matter to you. Because we all matter to the Lord.”

And then the bikers showed up to "protect" the town from the antifa...

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#Comment Re: What happened in Bethel made: 2020-07-08 14:03:01.491455+00 by: DaveP

It’s like an immune system freaking out and deciding cat dander is the enemy so you have allergies.

Humans “other” strangers, whether it’s antifa, gooks, normies, nerds, bikers, hippies, or whatever.

In big cities, you’re confronted with others so often, you either move away to get away from it, or you tone down the immune reaction.

In small towns, where you know everyone, you recognize individuals as non-other. “Oh, that’s the Wangs, they’re ok.”

But the othering is a useful survival trait, just like a crazy immune system is handy if you’re a 19th century peasant, awash in pig crap and infections that could kill you.

I don’t have any answers, but it seems like it’d be handy if evolution moved a little faster some times.

#Comment Re: What happened in Bethel made: 2020-07-24 12:14:38.47681+00 by: clyh

Hey Dan, you have never shown us a Tweet thread about how news headlines on $$ of damage by protesters is just wrong. Which is worse, property damage or civil rights violations ? And roll in 20% less pay, 20% less credit, 20% higher bail, 400% higher targeting by police (or whatever the real numbers are), and the costs of civil rights violations are higher. More than what you just thought; 50k protesters in a city where 5 million are having their rights violated. Please show me (or start) that thread. Thanks, signed No car, No phone, No facebook, No twitter.

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