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Friday, April 8, 2016

Dear Indiana University students, don't fear the friar.

All our times have come
Here, but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the friar
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
(We can be like they are)
Come on baby
(Don't fear the friar)
Baby take my hand
(Don't fear the friar)
We'll be able to fly
(Don't fear the friar)
Baby I'm your man
La, la la, la la
La, la la, la la
—with apologies to Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult.
Fear culture blinded by... fear.

Students at Indiana University mistook a Dominican friar in his habit for a member of the KKK. Ethan Gill, a Resident Advisor, sent the following message.

thetab.com

You can see in the photo below that the people in the lineup and those sitting at a nearby table are completely freaked out... not. Apparently, some people can distinguished between a real threat and a male religious wearing his habit and a rosary.

the tab.com
Mr. Gill later sent the following message via Facebook:
“Behold, your ‘klansmember… .’
“This is what happens when there is miscommunication. So what happened tonight goes like this: a person saw white robes and what looked to them like a weapon, got scared (rightfully so), (Really, "rightfully so"? How do you figure? Was the friar acting in a threatening manner? Apparently, the people in the photograph didn't think so. Someone brandishing a toy gun or rubber knife and acting in an irrational manner would have been understandable cause for concern. That is, if the one possessing the look-alike weapon was not an actor on stage during a theatrical production, for example. A concerned citizen could have contacted another person—a campus security officer, perhaps?—about the friar's accoutrements and spared others a great deal of anxiety. Assuming those whose sent texts had smart phones, they could have taken a photo and sent it to campus security just as easily as taking the time to incite a panic.) warned people, warned staff, which in turn caused me to warn my residents because I need to look out for my residents, which in turn made it spread.

“Then my residents, terrified, come running to me, saying yeah the report must be true, they saw him and couldn't believe there was a klansmember with a whip (Be forewarned all you equestrians who are transporting a riding crop!). And I see this picture. It’s a priest. With a rosary.
“Now, I get it why a person would be scared. There in fact HAVE been klansmembers on the campus spurting hate speech, but never have they been reported with a weapon. So yeah, if it was in fact a weapon and a threat, it’s a good thing to warn a friend. So when someone warns other people, we need to be cautious. However, what I’ve learned from this is to take anything with a grain of salt. In the future, I’m still sending my residents warnings of threats, crime, hate gatherings, and all that but I will wait for a confirmation. But now that there is no danger I can say: this is a hilarious miscommunication.”—thetab.com
Hilarious. Yeah right. You just know if the sandal had been on the other foot, i.e., had the good friar been attacked, that some fear monger would have likely said the friar had a beating coming to him for whatever sham reason or that his attacker couldn't be blamed for mistaking one white robe for another.

We can be thankful that some irrational individual or mob didn't attack Fr. Father Jude McPeak, the Dominican friar pictured above.

Visit http://giphy.com/gifs/pukTORY0N3nG0 for the truly hilarious response posted by the Dominican Central Province.

A real threat?


Eye Of The Tiber has something to say, too: http://www.eyeofthetiber.com/2016/04/07/students-at-indiana-university-even-more-scared-now-knowing-dominican-praying-on-campus/

Postscript

Was the recent confusion on the Indiana campus more likely than not given what appears to be a rising climate of fear and intimidation in the Hoosier state? Thomas Peters, aka the American Papist, commented on the rise of hatred against Christians a little over a year ago when hostile protestors surrendered reason and charity to their more violent inclinations by choosing to protest and issue online death threats against a local Christian business owner.
http://www.catholicvote.org/this-triduum-pray-for-those-fomenting-hatred-against-christians-in-indiana/ 

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