The Long View of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day allows us the chance to remember how, generations ago, the Irish were reviled and hated by many in this country. They were “Otherized” and made the secular scapegoat for all the ills of their society in that day.

other-no irish need applyBut this morning, the great-grandchildren of Protestants who spewed racial epithets at the Irish, left for school wearing green. Later today, scores more descendants of Irish-haters will hoist a green beer, and drunkenly wax about how “we’re all Irish.”

These are strange little social observations, to be sure. And it’s hard to call them victories for progress.
But they give me an odd sense of hope for the long view…

That one day, the great-grandchildren of border-guarding “Minute Men” will happily enjoy their Cinco de Mayo margaritas, while the descendants of Fred Phelps wear their rainbow colored tshirts to public schools on Pride Weekend.
It’s not exactly “the wolf lying down with lamb.” But maybe it’s as close as we get in this life.

So, cheers.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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