Friday, December 9, 2016
Mixed messages delivered (revised)
"Yeah, I said it, God is Good," the man said as he paced back and forth on the sidewalk.
Another sign, built identical to the first was propped against the street light. In red letters the sign read," The Devil is No Good."
"It isn't God giving us grief today,” the man said, “God is good.”
Across the street at a Kwik Shop, customers walked into the store, but paused to look at the man across the street.
“He is so loud,” an onlooker said while at the Kwik Shop. “It makes me a bit nervous.”
In a country that protects freedom of speech and religion and in city home to Westboro Baptist Church, residents of Topeka have become accustomed to displays of religious speech.
However, even though the message the man on 10th and MacVicar is not one of hate, he attracts many awkward glances and maybe even sparks fear.
“I think that people are scared because he is tall, black and loud,” said Tiffany Melendez. “He just looks like the type of person that can knock you out.”
Edited by Derek Richardson
I am a super space geek. My passion for space launched when, on TV, I saw space shuttle Discovery launch on October 29, 1998, and that passion has accelerated ever since. I originally wanted to be an Aerospace Engineer, but I soon realized my true passion was talking to others about it, and spreading that passion. I want to do that via stories, writing, and any other form of media.
There has been a communications gap in the space industry for some time now. Space exploration and development used to be front page news, but now it only ever gets front page when tragedy strikes. I want to be able to help bridge that communications gap, and make space exploration something to look forward to hearing and reading about. Maybe through that, others too will get involved, be it in writing, art, business, engineering, or whatever way they feel they can contribute. Tomorrow starts today!