Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Indiana, the land of extremes

Indiana is an interesting state; I've lived here for over 7 years now and am still amazed at the extremes. For example, you have Amish, who won't use electricity, automobiles, etc., right next to huge farms with all the monstrous equipment associated with cash crops of corn and soybeans. It's not uncommon to see a horse and buggy tied up outside a department store with SUVs parked close by. Just south of us, there is a small family dairy farm right next to a confined cattle operation.

But, the extreme I'm thinking of right now is the political one. I just saw this:

About as far to the right as you can get. The guy who tweeted it is a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana! But, not more than 45 minutes away from us is a Mennonite seminary where you see "Pray for Peace" bumper stickers everywhere. In a parking lot here I saw a wonderful bumper sticker the other day: "When Jesus said love your enemies, I think he meant don't shoot them." I love it!

Personally, I come down very firmly in the pacifist camp...

Update, Thursday, 2/24
: He was fired last night. The official blurb:

"We respect individual's First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility."

1 comment:

Mike Aubrey said...

he's not deputy attorney general any more...