Forgiving Kevin Sorbo

It seems Kevin Sorbo isn’t too impressed with atheists, claiming them to be angry and hateful, which is ironic because from my side, as an atheist, I often see Christians as angry and hateful. I guess this is just what happens when you reduce people to a single facet placed in a confrontational context. Even though I understand the reasons for his disposition towards the faithless, I would rather he didn’t see all atheists as angry and hateful. After all I grew up watching him as Hercules and Captain Dylan Hunt in series that really have not withstood the test of time but none-the-less were and still are  a big part of my life (Andromeda on Pick 8PM weekday nights!). So in an attempt to endear myself, and hopefully other atheists by extension, to Mr. Sorbo I have penned a poem on that most christian of virtues, forgiveness.

 

Do you know the actor Kevin Sorbo?

His hair, a thick luxuriant Lion’s mane,

like Ken from Street Fighter II turbo.

His chiseled, muscular frame,

and middling good looks of a TV actor.

 

How he played the great Hercules,

and the evils he would confront.

How he fought the Achilles,

as high guard Captain Dylan Hunt

Or his role as Kull The Conqueror.

 

But what is he doing these days?

Calling atheists angry and hateful,

and giving Donald Trump praise.*

Though I find this regretful,

I cannot become a Sorbo detractor.

 

I, an angry hateful atheist,

shall borrow his christian whim,

from the sin of ignorance he be released,

and I shall endeavour to forgive him,

for Kevin Sorbo has the x factor.

 

*Not so much praise as ‘between a rock and a hard place, Trump over Clinton.’ Still no Kevin, no.

Has Black Lives Matter Made Progress?

It was depressing to see Charles Kinsey, a therapist trying to calm and console a patient with autism getting shot. It’s just so revealing of where things are at that it was a more a relief than anything else. It was just nice to see a story where a black man gets shot by police and lives to tell the tale. Still there was no reason why Charles Kinsey should’ve been shot. A man lying on his back, hands in the air, looking a lot like uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and explaining that he’s a behaviour therapist, is not a threat. The circumstances are almost farcical. What does a black man have to do to not get shot in america?

 

Charles Kinsey’s rather lucky…

not to have been shot of course.

By sharp shooting officer Plucky,

and his excessive show of force.

Following apparent police guidelines,

Pointing a gun at a suicidal man,

as phones point from the sidelines,

capturing the moments of this “master plan”.

“Don’t shoot yourself or I’ll shoot you”,

the message from Miami’s elite.

Probably haven’t thought this through,

is it too hot to think in that Florida heat?

Still one must admire those Southern Manners,

aiming for the leg, not chest or head.

I’m just glad to see the newspaper banners,

saying black man shot, but not dead.

 

 

Wishing Charles Kinsey a full and speedy recovery.

No Justice For White Men

Let’s face the facts, Tony Blair is a murdered with the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands. He lied to the British public and dragged them unwillingly into a war which has  completely destabilised the Middle-East, and lead to the deaths and displacement of millions. He was well warned of the consequences of his actions. There is no hindsight’s 20-20 here, it was shouted from the rooftops and now all he can say is “I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you will ever believe.” Though he is right, we will never believe him because frankly the fact he has the audacity to not only show his face in public but campaign in referenda shows he lacks the most basic aptitude for self-reflection.

 

Blair’s dead soulless eyes,

dart like a startled rabbit,

as he compounds lies with lies.

“I was fooled, I didn’t plan it”

“Reports said they were there;

Weapons of mass destruction”

Yet every child could swear,

it was a false construction.

“I believe the world is better,”

despite the opposing evidence.

Belief is to truth a debtor,

and to cheap lies a residence.

But even Sir John Chilcot,

despite his hands being tied,

threw everything he’s got,

and to his face, “Blair you lied.”

This war of aggression,

was illegal, unwarranted,

a product of his obsession,

and a public he misled.

Yet not all of them, no.

The largest anti-war march,

in the history of Britain,

was not enough to throw,

him from that which,

to Bush he had written.

His pledge, proof of his hunger,

for this cruel endeavour.

The words of this was monger?

“I am with you, whatever”

Yet with his political clout,

all can  easily foresee,

it is without a single doubt,

that Tony Blair will walk away free.

 

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Black Lives Matter

After the Michael Brown and Eric Garner were killed by police there were reprisals in New York. Now it’s happened again, and it will happen again and again until the root problems are addressed. Oppressive, racially biased policing is killing people and it has to stop. Justice must not only be done but seen to be done. Officers who kill innocent people need to face justice. Otherwise like what happened in Dallas last night, men will take justice into their own hands, and that justice will be flawed, full of hate and anger, and invariably visited on the wrong person.

 

For blue lives to matter black must too,

for all lives matter even black or blue.

But when black lives fall to police violence,

from lady justice all that is heard is silence.

For police can treat black skin with impunity,

as they oppress and murder black communities.

You can’t stand on people without them fighting back,

If this is true for you imagine if your skin was black.

Faces of the dead; like yours, like that of your family’s,

while news anchors report on alternate realities.

Being stopped and searched, and being realistic,

you have to prepare yourself to be a statistic.

Black and blue are caught in a circle of hate,

a circle which only more blood will sate.

Breaking this cycle is simple math,

police must fear justice’s wrath.

Police must serve and protect the truth,

and not continue to act as the oppressors boot.