The Sword and the Church: Security Presence on Sunday Mornings

Hello there, and thank you for reading my blog post! The main reason I do this blog is to work on my rhetoric skills, as the time for them is coming soon. Also, it gives me reason to craft my adroitness in researching topics. Accordingly, it is my outlet and release in a sense. So, if you have a topic you’d like to know more about, “shorty, swing my way!” SN: the background of this song and intro is used in Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange.”

This topic came about at the gym. I was with my friend, Whitney, and we talked about how we’ve noticed that some congregants have ear pieces similar to FBI or CIA agents. And I said, “Hey, this would make a great blog post.” Therefore, here we are.

My mind immediately fastened on the history of security presence in Black Churches during the 20th century, especially in July 2015. As we all may not know, the kkk was full of white dudes -it was exclusive to them and maybe their wives and children- who went to church on Sundays to praise Jesus but bombed, burned, and terrorized Black Churches for fun on other days- even on Sundays, check out the 16th street bombing in Birmingham–  to send a message of terror and praise… Jesus? Church was/is where black people (anybody, really) met/meet to plan, learn, and find solace in God and one another in trying times. In that regard, bombing or burning a church sent a wave of fear and hopelessness in that community. When you go to a Black Church, or any church, you may see men, sometimes women, standing outside of the doors. Sure, they hand you a bulletin, but rarely do you see them come in for service. Take a bathroom break every once in a while during a sermon, and you’ll see what I mean. Or in July 2015, dylan roof shot and killed 9 parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, on the premise of their skin color. Unbeknownst to the general public, but not to dylan nor the church members, Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church has its history founded in anti-slavery and the progress of Civil Rights. I say all this to say that when people attack churches, or any other place of worship, they come with an agenda in mind.

While church buildings can be under attack, what a blessing it is to know that you can set up shop in a McDonald’s and praise God there! God is not confined to any building on Sundays or another day of the week; you can praise Him on a train, in the rain, when you’re enduring pain,  in Bahrain, or when you’ve found your joy again; the possibilities are endless.

Snooping on the internet, regrettably, is an expertise of mine, and I found some great websites that promote church security and even provide training. With churches, security has to come from the inside, meaning that the security is made from those who already attend the church and know the layout. Secondly, the best way to stop a threat is to prevent it from even becoming one. And that starts with the parking lot and the various entrances a church may have, i.e. a police officer who “directs traffic” wink wink.  NOCSSM, or The National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management, out Texas, sites their inspiration from 1 Chronicles 9:21-24 (NKJV):

“Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was keeper of the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

All those chosen as gatekeepers were two hundred and twelve. They were recorded by their genealogy, in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed them to their trusted office. So they and their children were in charge of the gates of the house of the Lord, the house of the tabernacle, by assignment. The gatekeepers were assigned to the four directions: the east, west, north, and south.”

How nice. And if you don’t live in Texas, the company can make accommodations.

This website provides free, general information about church security, in which the site owner basically says, “I hope this helps, but idk,” so if you do take his information to heart and it doesn’t work, you can’t blame him because he said it’s your responsibility with what you do with the info. And, girl, what good is security without insurance for ya church? Founded by two Lutheran pastors and a few clergymen, this company, Church Mutual, has it all. In regards to security, one of their own said it is better to have a fire extinguisher than watch the place burn, in reference to having armed patrol on campuses.

In closing, some may wonder, “well, girl, if y’all bout the Lord, shouldn’t you just trust in Him for protection?” And the best answer to that is found in Nehemiah 4-6. Nehemiah was charged with rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall (?). Long story short, some dudes was trying to post up on Nehemiah and thwart his plans to build the wall. In response, Nehemiah said, “In the name of God, knuck if you buck!” And his enemies did not knuck for they were not buck because God protected Nehemiah. And in response, while Nehemiah’s men did construction, they had one hand on their work and the other on the sword just in case things popped off.

So, as you can see, when you do the work of the Lord, expect opposition. And be prepared always for attacks that come from the enemy; don’t be idle. Do your diligent work and know that God has His protection over you.

Well, that concludes this blog post. I do hope it was coherent and gave you some insight into church security. Thanks again for reading, and have a great rest of your day!

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CLAP for Grandma and Grandpa: Nursings Homes and STDs

(Disclosure: I link my resources in hyperlinks because I don’t have time for a works cited lololol.)

Before we delve into how the hello my dolly! I got into this subject, I’d just like to pay homage to the reason why my blog is named “Hootie Hoo.” It’s from Outkast’s debut album (shoutout ATL!) Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The bass line is fire, and I just like the hootie hoo part.

Anyway, I was watching “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and the topic was retirement home pick up lines, and it was mentioned that nursing homes have the highest rates for STDs. At first, I was like:

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But then, the scientist in me said:tumblr_nldvyq5vik1qzxdo5o1_500

but not this! So I did some research. Come down the rabbit hole with me if you will.

First, let’s define what an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) is: an infection passed through sexual contact either by a parasite, bacteria, or virus. There’s herpes, gonorrhea, AIDS, etc.

Next, I simply googled this…um…spreadable information. I came upon some articles. And so, I thought the New York Times would give me some insight:

“WHAT is happening in retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes? You might imagine quiet reading, crossword puzzles, bingo, maybe some shuffleboard. Think again. Think about sex — unsafe sex.” (bolded for emphasis).

Ethel and Greg are out here not using condoms, dental dams, or what have you to be protected. Well, my group of peers got this talk quite a bit. In fact, my undergrad (VCU, go rams go!) handed out free condom goodie bags because you can’t act like sex isn’t happening at any college; plus, we got free STD screenings that were 100% confidential. But what of those born in 1951 and earlier? What was their sex education like?

In 1940, the U.S. Public Health Service declared that sex education was an “urgent need,” by 1953 a nationwide family life education was instated, and in 1960, the FDA approved the beginnings of birth control for the public.  Johannah Cornblatt continues:

“In 1964, Mary Calderone, a physician who had been the medical director at Planned Parenthood, founded the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). SIECUS was created in part to challenge the hegemony of the American Social Hygiene Association, which then dominated sex-education curriculum development. In 1968, The U.S. Office of Education gave New York University a grant to develop graduate programs for training sex-education teachers.

Oddly enough, some of the greatest resistance to sex ed arose during the sexual revolution of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Sex ed became a political issue during this time, as religious conservatives built a movement based, in part, on their opposition to sex instruction in the public schools. Groups like the Christian Crusade and the John Birch Society attacked SIECUS and sex education overall for promoting promiscuity and moral depravity. In the widely distributed 1968 pamphlet entitled “Is the School House the Proper Place to Teach Raw Sex?” Gordon Drake and James Hargis framed sex ed as communist indoctrination: “[If] the new morality is affirmed, our children will become easy targets for Marxism and other amoral, nihilistic philosophies—as well as V.D.[Venereal Disease]!” Rumors spread that sex instructors were encouraging students to be homosexuals or even stripping and having sex in front of their classes. “Religious conservatives began using sex ed to their political advantage,” says Janice M. Irvine, author of Talk About Sex: The Battles Over Sex Education in the United States. “They had this really scary rhetoric.” In school districts across the country, groups of parents started protesting sex-ed programs. When the AIDS and HIV pandemic began in the 1980s, however, proponents of sex ed found their position strengthened […]”

Speculation tells me that depending on the opposition to sexual education in schools, some elderly people of today may not have received that education, and who knows if their parents had an honest conversation about sex, especially with all that was going on with that sexual revolution.

Speaking of honest conversations, I tried to find statistics on STDs among seniors, but I couldn’t find any, except that it has . On a topic like this, I expected to find at least some good receipts from the CDC or NIH, ¡pero no! To wrap up this topic, I’ll summarize on a bunch of articles as to why STDs have risen among Grandma and Grandpa’s friends and why I couldn’t find statistics too much either.

Viva Viagra. Post-menopause means the eggs aren’t for the cause. Who needs condoms when the possibility of children is close to none? Doctors are too embarrassed to speak with their patients, this age group, about their sexual health. But if you’re prescribing Viagra to this population, wouldn’t it be wise to ask old dude about that?

In conclusion, no matter your age, be responsible and careful when it comes to your sexual health. Lord knows we don’t need an outbreak of a preventable disease.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you are well!

Who’s that? who is it? WHo is it?? WHO is it??? WHO Is it???? WHO IS IT????? …who is it?

It’s me. 😉

That title probably has you wondering who I am. For those of you who don’t know, the title is taken from the music video that is set to “Get Me Bodied,” by her majesty, Beyoncé. I will link to that specific spot just so we all can be on the same page.

Anyway, my name is Kyla Bass. I guess I’ll share my full name; nothing is on the internet that will incriminate me that I know of…

Here’s five things you may or may not know about me:

  1. I absolutely love music, even country music. I especially love “discovering” old songs in new songs. I say “even country music” because I’m more into like the Shania Twain or Carrie Underwood types, or the guy that sings “Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk.” That song is a classic. Expect a song to be shared. It’s like I’m sharing a piece of my heart that I can’t get back. So to not listen to it is to slowly kill me.
  2. Girl, I am a history buff, specifically the global history of Africans who were enslaved and their known/unknown contributions to history during enslavement, what life was like and the contributions made to global history before enslavement, and the aftermath of enslavement on today’s society. It’s deep and painful but needs to be known. It happened in the past, yes, but don’t you know that past actions can affect future decisions? If you wanna know about it, I got like AT LEAST 15 books you can check out. So, yes, expect some posts about race and other topics that cause cognitive dissonance and/or end friendships!
  3. I love memes, gifs, and the most terrible puns one can muster. Send them my way, shawty.
  4. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 8 years old. No one really knows that. I took lessons until I went off to college and did one semester in lessons, and that’s when I discovered that minoring in piano performance wasn’t for me lol. I had to practice 6 hours a day, and I wasn’t a music major. I wouldn’t have been able to balance that with a chemistry major. But, I do play from time to time and practice my scales, chords, and arpeggios. I can even teach you a lesson if you want, free of charge.
  5. Finally, but certainly first, is Yahweh and his son Yeshua, their love for me, and my love for them. Girl, it ain’t easy! There’s been ups and downs, real thug tears shed, but through it all, They were there. There have been moments in my life where I strayed far away, and I’d love to share that with you; just ask. I’m still a work in progress, but I am not who/where I used to be.

Back to Beyoncé! Her birthday was on September 4th, and she’s old enough to be president. Donald and Hillary bout to be shook! You don’t have to like her, and you’re entitled to your wrong opinion, but that’s ok! There is redemption at the foot of the cross!

Here’s a song to share. This song is called, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” by Andy Williams. You can find the first few seconds used in Beyoncé’s song, “Hold Up,” from her latest album, Lemonade. 

Anyway, I hope to post more things happening in life, the world, or my unadulterated/unwanted opinion on topics. This year will be pretty busy, but I’ll try to keep up as best I can! Thanks for reading; have a wonderful day/night/morning!

Also, I have a tumblr, but you’ll never find it. ever.

EDIT: just watched the honkey tonk badonkadonk video… like none of those girls’ butts were badonkadonk worthy….?