We’ll get back to a little news
More Fair Fights
So we find out in this morning’s Register that now Des Moines Police are saying the firsts that broke out outside the Fairgrounds both weekends of the Fair may not have been race motivated after all. There are a lot of conflicting reports here and the Police had a much different story yesterday then they did at first when this story broke. So how many of you believe there are roving bands of young people randomly beating people up on the East side? I guess I have a hard time with that one. I think more likely there were some people who got out of hand after a long weekend day, or more accurately, night at the Fair. Are there racial tensions in this town? I think we’ve seen recently that there are. Is this a place where someone may have said something that would have escalated a situation from bad to worse? I would says yes.
It’s been my experience when things like this happen that you have a lot of people representing accounts of the “fact” that weren’t actually there. they may have been nearby, they may have heard it from their brother…whatever. That story gets passed on and so on and so on. Don’t get me wrong, this was news and it is never good in any part of town when a big fight breaks out like this. But to hear some people talk, we are on the edge of race riots here in Des Moines. I may be woefully out of touch, but it I have a hard time believing that.
We went over to the boys pre-school this morning to show them the room and introduce them to their teachers. It looks like a fun place. I think Mom and dad are going to have a harder time leaving them, than they will have leaving us.
…For yesterday’s post! I wanted to continue our look at what the founder/what our government says about the separation of church and state. Here’s one from The Washington administration…It’s a treaty signed (actually by Adams) negotiated in Washington’s first term.
As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion–as it has itself no character of enmity against the law, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims], …
-(“Article 11, Treaty of Peace and Friendship between The United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary,” 1796-1797
Just a reminder, the Senate has to vote to ratify and the President had to sign that treaty.
Here’s what James Madison had to say about the matter:
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one
has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity,
the less they are mixed together.
And I’m happy to continue the conversation…
Have a good day