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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Getting Desperate

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I have a true friend of many years (Baba) who was arrested recently for a reefer offense (to be incarcerated till August). He is 33 years old and lives in a challenged neighborhood of Saint Petersburg. My disgust with the current state of affairs I hope is evident in the letter I wrote him today.

Dear Baba,

I want to apologize to you for a crazy, mixed up system whereby millionaire thugs legally ruin the lives of millions with alcohol and tobacco and go scot-free—not only selling to adults but enticing even little children in every convenience store with cute containers of addiction and death. It is at times like these that I think we are not only on a slippery slope to hell but perhaps in many ways are already there. (I had to install a security system last week, and a friend at work told me yesterday of angry and hostile drunks on the beach this weekend.)

Just remember: Don't Give Up!!!! (I'm including a message from Kunte.) This is the second pivotal time I feel our system has failed you: one when you felt unwelcome at our church and now during this appalling miscarriage of justice. I want you to know without qualification I know you are a good and decent man and in my book many others deservedly should take your place behind bars. I fear the clock is ticking on our society and the time is short for us to give up this rank escapism, deceit, falsehood, and delusion and turn to God.

I stand by you 1000% and pledge unqualified loyalty to you forever. When you get out I absolutely want you to promise me that we can go out and celebrate with a pizza and once more overlook the beautiful bay and dream of what life could be if all were whole and spiritually free. I would also be pleased if you would give our church a second try. Believe me, the person who objected to your presence is in the small minority and we now have a Godly pastor with backbone.

Ramon sends his love and heartfelt regrets.

Love ya,

[Below is Kunte's favorite admonition to me.]

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