Twelve Angry Men

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In the movie Twelve Angry Men, 11 of the jurors want to convict a man of murder in what they thought was an open-and-shut case and they are anxious to go home.  But one man, played by Henry Fonda, has doubts and wants to further discuss the case.  The 11 are angry with the man who is more concerned with not convicting an innocent man than wanting to be done with the trial and hear a baseball game.

Eventually, the one holdout seeking justice wins over the other jurors, one by one, and the defendant is acquitted.

Recently,  at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, a drunk at a community meal for the homeless and those in need verbally harassed and physically threatened another guest at the dinner.  He was out of control and had to be physically restrained.  The police came.

“The Pope” accosted the victim because the guy sits in on court cases in order to learn first hand what’s going on in the law locally.  The Pope had a problem with this and went ballistic.  He was drunk and very disorderly.

The victim showed great self control, not even verbally arguing with this maniac.  Yet, when the police interviewed the victim, the officer told him he had to leave because the Redeemer Lutheran church wanted this.  This same drunk did the same thing to me some time ago at another community meal.  Instead of the victim remaining seated, as in this case, the drunk threatened me and followed me as I walked towards the bathroom.

I spun around and went into a defensive position.  Then one of the hosts got between us and we separated.  The host thanked me for remaining calm and preventing a problem.

Nobody at the Redeemer Lutheran Church thanked the victim for exercising self control– they even blamed him!   One of the bus drivers from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need told him he could not ride the bus.

Fast forward 12 days.  Last night, when the victim rode the AHTN bus to a meal one homeless individual snidely remarked that he wasn’t supposed to be on the bus.  At the meal, an AHTN volunteer told him he wasn’t supposed to ride the bus, for his protection.

When I challenged the AHTN volunteer about this, she was defensive, gave me spin, and said the decision was made by the head of AHTN.  When she remarked that two people who may fight shouldn’t ride the bus together, I argued that The Pope shouldn’t be allowed to ride the bus.  He’d been riding the bus for 12 days after the  problem at the church he created occurred.

The AHTN volunteer uttered some nonsense about taking care of people who are out in the cold.  That’s noble, but they need to abide by the rules.  When I was living at my parent’s house when I was over 18, my language slipped when I was taking a shower.  My mother overheard it and said that if this bad language continues, I’d be kicked out of the house, and she meant it.

Unlike my mother, AHTN does not hold the homeless accountable for their behavior.  In fact, by fiat, they encourage it.  AHTN’s name should be changed to APHCB (Advocates to Promote Homeless Criminal Behavior).

The Pope even threatened me at the meal, but later apologized.  He keeps apologizing for his behavior but continues being drunk and disorderly.  Interesting that this happened in a Lutheran church.  Founder Martin Luther said that the best way to apologize is to stop doing the wrong.

What entered into APHCB’s, aka AHTN, decision is the false witness that one or two people in the community has been spreading about the victim.

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

And the Kool-aid drinkers just summarily believe the lies.

As was the case in Twelve Angry Men, the truth will come out.  It has for me, and like the Henry Fonda character, I will go against the tyranny of the majority and will not shut up and sit down on this matter.

APHCB (AHTN) does not genuinely care about the homeless.  One reason they favor the drunk is that he conforms to the stereotype they have of the homeless.  Like the liberals they are, they want homeless to be rudderless and use them for their pet project, much like President LBJ did to blacks (see my blog What’s so Great about the Great Society).

APHCB showed its true colors at the Homeless Video Shoot a short while back.  The film crew, which AHTN sponsored, walked past the homeless like they were fixtures, and AHTN left the pizza at a place where they knew the homeless would not be.  They didn’t want to portray the actual lives of the homeless but just made the video to tell their own version of the story, like the Fractured Fairly Tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky Show.

The so called Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need is an interfaith organization.  I have lost faith in them.  Evidently, there are like the many churches that have lost their fidelity to scriptures.  Based on their fruits, AHTN and the Redeemer Lutheran Church fit into this category.

Matthew 7:15-20

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.