Drawing a Thin Blue Line in the Sand

“He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”— St. Thomas Aquinas

I am angry. Anarchy masquerading as legitimate protest is unjust, and that angers and disgusts me. Absurd voices calling for what amounts to mob rule target law enforcement as the problem out of cowardice and refusal to confront legitimate root causes of societal injustice. Defund police? Have people lost their minds, or is something more sinister afoot? As a volunteer police department chaplain, I have opportunity to see law enforcement up close and personal, and these women and men are not what the media portrays or what lawless mobs shout and curse. These public servants daily offer themselves as living sacrifices, and do so for inadequate pay and an unappreciative public, all the while battling personal demons and enduring incredible stress on their families. For the life of me, I cannot fathom why they do it, but I thank God they do. I, for one, choose to pray for them rather than revile them, value their service rather than disgrace it, and refuse to remain silent simply because it is unpopular to defend them.

“Blaming the police for what is amiss in America is akin to cherry-picking evidence to support a specious argument. Of course there are bad apples who must be held accountable for their actions in any institution, but these individual crimes cannot then be writ large over an entire institution in order to define it. It just doesn’t make sense” (Jack Gist, The Catholic World Report).

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