This is rich (pardon the pun). According to
Democratic Party shill theologian Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, the denizens of Occupy Wall Street have become “the conscience of our nation.” Really:
No. It is not right to evict Occupy Wall Street. It is an offense to conscience.
The protestors in Zuccotti Park and around the nation have become the conscience of our nation, bringing our descent as a nation into widening inequality among the very rich and everybody else (the 1 percent and the 99 percent) from the margins to the center of our awareness. Evicting those who are calling our nation to act on its conscience and its deepest values of political freedom and economic equality just isn’t right. This isn’t right.
You know what is an offense to conscience? The idea that a motley, unwashed, undisciplined, incoherent collection of spoiled brats, anarchists, statist ideologues, clueless hangers-on, and common criminals would be referred to as “the conscience of our nation.” To the extent that OWS has any demands that could actually be implemented, they mostly amount to “gimme mine” (student loan forgiveness is the best example). To the extent that OWS points to the problem of inequality, it is in the form of mindless sloganeering. To the extent that OWS stands for political freedom, it is in the form of shouting loud enough to prevent any other voices from being heard. Some “conscience.”
[T]he voice of conscience can be silenced by a hardened heart, as in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus preached to thousands, but they had no food. In Mark, the Gospel records that Jesus fed these thousands with loaves of bread and fish, but there were those, even among his own disciples, who just didn’t get it, “for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” (Mark 6:52)
I don’t suppose it would make any impression on Thistlethwaite to point out that Jesus did not say, “take to the streets and protest until the government gives these people something to eat.” Details, details.
It takes a “hardened heart” to evict the Occupy Wall Street protestors and then claim they can come back and occupy the Zuccotti Park, except without their tents, sleeping bags, food kitchen, library, and everything else that made their occupation livable. Mayor Bloomberg has said, “Protestors have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”
“Expediency asks the question – is it politic?” said Dr. King. That’s expediency from the Mayor, packaged as concern for public health and safety.
It’s not right.
“Packaged.” Don’t you just love that? Women have been raped, personal belongings stolen, illegal drugs indulged in by the bucketful, germs spread, trash dumped (when the encampment was dismantled, sanitation workers hauled away over 27 tons of garbage), neighbors of Zuccotti Park intimidated and kept awake at all hours by mindless, pointless drumming–but when the mayor decides to finally do his job and enforce the law, he had to “package” it as “concerns for public health and safety.” Gee, I wonder where he got the idea that public health or safety might be endangered?
Some opponents of the Occupy protests have taken to calling the protesters “fleabaggers,” a reference to the questionable hygiene among the protesters as well as an ironic twist on the vulgar term used by those on the left for Tea Party participants. I suppose that means that, for Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, if one gets in bed with OWS…well, you know.