Strange whooping during Tuscon Memorial

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 1/13/2011

I only watched a small part of the Tuscon Memorial for the victims of “alleged” shooter, Jared Loughner. Why didn’t I watch the whole thing? The behavior of the audience seemed… well… unseemly. I couldn’t quite fathom their response to the shooting, or lack of decorum. There was much hooting and whooping. I see that Michelle Malkin has a snapshot of the University of Arizona’s press release about the event in which university officials expressed their hope that the memorial would “lift spirits”. They apparently succeeded… I guess. They were successful if you disregard the rally’s insensitivity toward those who had lost their loved ones during the shooting spree. And yes, I am calling it a “rally” rather than a “memorial” because of the audience’s behavior.

And what’s with that invocation by Carlos Gonzales? Okay, I confess that I am still confused by the fact that the event was called a “memorial” which suggests its purpose is to comfort the grieving loved ones. So my first thought is, “Why couldn’t they find a clergyman whose theological underpinnings were in some way aligned with that of the mourners?” But, doh! It was a rally, not a memorial, so we can disregard the mourners’ beliefs and how an invocation which addressed their beliefs might have supported them in this trying time. Instead the clergyman’s address was all about who he was and his pride in his heritage which was… irrelevant. And his prayers to address the people’s “disunity” seemed to go back to the canard that this senseless tragedy grew out of our nation’s political disagreements instead of reflecting the twisted thinking of a psychotic mind. If you missed his invocation and would like to check it out, it’s posted here on YouTube.

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