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Hot New Trend: Refusing to Call the Police

I’m not sure which is dumber.

1. Refusing to call the police

2. Announcing that you won’t call the police in the pages of a major paper whose articles are syndicated

But the anti-police and pro-crime insanity is moving to its next inevitable stage. Divesting from policing.

Now, the church has joined a small handful of like-minded congregations with a radical goal: to stop calling the police. Not for mental health crises, not for graffiti on their buildings, not even for acts of violence. These churches believe the American police system, criticized for its impact especially on people of color, is such a problem that they should wash their hands of it entirely.

“Can this actually be reformed, when it was actually created for the unjust distribution of resources or to police black and brown bodies?” Torbett asked. For her and for her fellow church members, the answer is no — the police don’t just need reform. The police need to be abandoned altogether.

Two types of people will divest from the police.

1. Idiots who haven’t thought through the consequences of their actions

2. People receiving “protection” from elsewhere

Assorted black nationalists and radical leftists have already tried replacing the police with local gangs and Farrakhan’s Fruits of Islam. Which takes us to the “state within a state” problem.

The question then is whether this is really about doing without police, or replacing the police with local or ideological thugs?

The four Unitarian and Protestant churches that have joined so far include three in the Bay Area and one in Iowa City. The Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ has signed on to recruit from among its member churches, and the Bay Area churches are talking to more congregations in their area, from denominations including the Disciples of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

There will be a lot of signatures, but does anyone really believe that when there’s a mass shooter in the building, they’ll refuse to call 911?


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