Indianapolis police asked about 100 faith leaders today to play a key role in helping reduce the city's homicide rate.
In a meeting at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Far-Eastside training academy, Police Chief Michael Spears asked faith leaders to submit grant proposals to his department that they think would help reduce violent crime. Other police officials even encouraged clergy to tell their followers to take guns away from children before they can be used to kill.
The impact of homicides was brought home to the group by the widows of Westside restaurant owner Clarence "C-Daddy" Williams Jr., and taxi driver Clarence "Chip" Hoosier. The two men were slain last year in crimes that sparked widespread revulsion.
"Until we take action everything will remain the same," Carla Williams told the assembly. The meeting with faith leaders is the first in a series of public discussions that will also tap leaders from business, education and social service groups. Spears said the faith community has a long track record of working with police to reduce violence.
"A lot of the problems that we see when we focus on suspects and offenders and these kinds of crimes often involve a lack of moral development," Spears said. "And this group is uniquely prepared to help us in that area."
Perhaps someone needs to remind our city leaders of what our Indiana Constitution says on this subject matter, such as "No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society, or mode of worship; and no person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support, any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, against his consent." Or if that doesn't do it, how about, "No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." I trust the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is preparing a lawsuit as I write to stop this ill-conceived idea in its tracks.
Beyond the obvious constitutional problems, it is simply incredulous for anyone to believe these ministers could possible take our taxpayer dollars and do anything more to help our city's neighborhoods than they obviously aren't doing with the money they raise from their parishioners. Can we permanently shelve this ill-conceived idea and move along with efforts to take back our streets from the criminals?
"The most dastardly thing about homosexuality is silly silly homosexuals going around trying to convince people that what they're doing is normal. That’s the sin; the abomination. Instead of saying I have a serious problem and I am struggling with it and I know that it is wrong . . . Homosexuality is a spirit of the underworld and you who collaborate with that spirit collaborate with the devil himself. But be careful on who you think is a homosexual and who is not. Everybody that is effeminate is not a homosexual, they just didn’t have the kind of parenting where a father said ‘son take that switch out yo' walk boy, son we don't walk like that, or bend like that either.’ The first time a father sees his son do his wrist like this he needs to take his hand and say .....uh............uh...........here. Your wrist goes like this. Men don’t talk up here (high). It’s a choice, you can change, you can choose, you can choose.Every effeminate person is not gay and every weight lifter is not straight. He might be the biggest girl in the city.” Uproarious laughter breaks out in the congregation.