Opinion: An organized community

Beheadings. Blood in the streets. Riots. Governments out of control. With the daily updates from news gathers here at home and globally, we are steeped our inhumanity to one another. Our President, commenting on the recent murder by decapitation of American Journalist James Foley, claimed that the Islamic State rebels “speak for no religion.” And yet, their own fiery brand of “community organizers” seem well equipped to rally the faithful into immeasurable atrocity all claiming that they represent the “truest” form of the belief.

We thinking and rational members of society can all unite in disgust at the perversion asserted against Islam and humanity by these so-called leaders, but while watching the evening news one realizes that the line between advocacy and lunacy is not always a bright one. What is the appropriate role for a community organizer? And, is there a duty of restraint?

Day after day of organized “peaceful” protests in suburban St. Louis recently would eventually turn to violence, theft and lawlessness. Certainly the national and international media attention drawn by the chaos has catapulted a few locals into celebrity status. And the typical talking heads and “national leaders” jumped their private planes to ensure that they received an adequate share of the television face-time. By one measure, the issue of alleged police brutality is so great that any manner inflammatory hyperbole is warranted.

One man in the spotlight, identified only as “community organizer,” commented on the Grand Jury empanelled to provide due process to the police officer accused of murder and sparking the up rise by saying that all would be well as long as the Jury convicted the officer. He threatened that anything less would bring wrath to all of St. Louis. Mobs are evil and unruly beasts. Is there ever an adequate justification to conjure them?