Church sign should say All Lives Matter

To the Editor:

As we drive down Huntington Road there is a church that has a banner hanging on it, it says, “Black Lives Matter.” After seeing the discord in our nation, and what the Black Lives Matter supporters shout “beat up every white person!” and “Black power!,” I don’t believe we as a community need this type of hateful rhetoric in our town. I am very surprised that leaders of the other churches and those of the town haven’t spoke out against this garbage.

What would be said if one of the churches in Stratford Center put up a banner on the front of their church saying, “White Lives Matter?” Or the church down the street putting up a sign saying, “Asian Lives Matter?” I truly believe all our lives matter. This is a disgrace to our town and to the people of our town.

It is sad to see a church preaching “Black Lives Matter,” rather than preaching the word of Jesus Christ. What would Jesus Christ say to these people in this church body? I believe their pastor should rethink his way of preaching to his congregation, if not then the congregation needs to replace their pastor.

My pastor at our church would never tolerate this behavior in our church. He will tell you to your face this is not Biblical, period!!! I hope these people of this church come to realize that this kind of stuff is what drives communities apart, rather than drawing them together and building a better town that we all as a people can enjoy together.

I hope and pray that the people of this church come together and remove this banner and learn from this letter, that all our lives matter.

Robert Staurovsky


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  • Human

    What a jerk..

  • A Black

    Agree 100 % with the writer. Black Lives matter but so do brown, white, pink and every shade in between.All Lives Matter.

    • Jessica

      If all lives do indeed matter – what is wrong with saying black lives matter? That should be part of all lives mattering – so why do you take such offense? They’re just stating a fact you CLAIM you believe.

  • Alice Dinihanian Arcuri

    ALL lives matter. Period.

  • Frank Parady

    Why was my comment not posted? I boycotted this rag before, guess I must renew my avoidance!

    • Melvin Mason

      Your comment is posted, Frank.

      • Frank Parady

        where? I don’t it here! I was the first to comment…. it should be the first one here!

        • Melvin Mason

          I don’t control how comments appear. Either way, it’s public. I can see it.

  • M.

    Once again, another rant by someone who doesn’t truly understand what’s going on in this country. To say “Black Lives Matter” does NOT mean that white, asian, hispanic or any other lives do not matter. That is already implicit in this country. We already know that all those other lives matter, but somewhere along the line, people have been forgetting that black lives matter TOO. This sign is pointing out that Black Lives Matter IN ADDITION to all the other lives in this country that already matter. Yes, All Lives Matter. But we dont need a sign to say that, do we? We should think about why we feel we even have to point out that black lives matter in the first place.

  • Donna Rae Henault Caporaso

    The author needs to educate himself on this topic. I applaud this church and those that “get it”. Black Lives Matters is not a hate group. Yes, there were a few bad eggs in the mix but you have that in every group unfortunately. nTo quote the author, “What would Jesus Christ say to these people in this church body?” He would say AMEN! He would say stop marginalizing minorities. He would say love and treat ALL of my people with love and respect! If people did that, than we would not need groups like “Black Lives Matters”.

  • Kelly Hager

    THIS again? The fact that we have to have an entire movement in this country to tell people that our lives have value is telling. The Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013 in response to the numerous incidences of black people who have lost their lives to police brutality. nnAnswer honestly—if there is a problem in your community, are you afraid to call the police? Do you fear that they will arrive and kill you? Well that’s exactly what happened to Charleena Lyles, a pregnant black woman who called police to report a burglary. She’s now in a cemetary. If you get into a car accident and see a police car, would you run toward it for help? Keith Lamont Scott did that and the police shot and killed him. nnLet’s not forget Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7 year old girl who was asleep in her bed when the police entered her home to serve a warrant. They were at the wrong home and shot and killed the sleeping child. Or Sandra Bland, who failed to signal a turn and died in police custody. Or John Crawford, who was looking at a hunting rifle in Wal-Mart when a white shopper called the police on him. He’s now dead. nnAkai Gurley was simply walking down a stairwell in his Brooklyn apartment building when an officer who was “afraid for his life,” shot and killed him. Did we forget Tamir Rice? The 12-year old who was playing in a park when a white woman called the police to report a “man with a gun.” He’s now in a grave, where he will rest for eternity. nnOscar Grant, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Sean Bell, Terence Crutcher…I could go on and on…nnOne thing these incidents all have in common: the police were never punished. In some cases, they were given promotions and GoFundMe pages. nnWe don’t need a “white lives matter,” sign. The inherent value of white lives is evident in every facet of life. It’s the reason that JonBenet Ramsey is a household name, but Aiyana Stanley-Jones is not. It’s the reason that we care about Natalie Holloway going missing, but not the hundreds of black girls in Washington, D.C. that went missing this year. What are their names? Where is the outrage?nnThe phrase “All Lives Matter,” is a divisive way to stop black people from expressing our outrage at the injustices we have to face every day. It’s like complaining about why people are showing an outpouring of support to the residents of Houston and none to the residents of Stratford. It’s not raining here. nn”Blue Lives Matter,” is the same thing. Everyone knows that if you kill a police officer you will go to jail and be dealt with harshly. Because their lives have value in America. nnI’m proud that the Universalist Life Church has a sign affirming that our lives do indeed matter. I’m glad that people are finally standing up and taking notice.

  • Jessica Ferguson

    Imagine that you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don’t get any. So you say, “I should get dinner.” And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, “Everyone should get dinner.” Now, that’s a wonderful sentiment u2014 Indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get dinner also. However, dad’s smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn’t solve the problem that you still haven’t gotten any!nnThe problem is that the statement “I should get dinner” had an implicit “too” at the end: “I should get dinner, too, just like everyone else.” But your dad’s response treated your statement as though you meant “only I should get dinner,” which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that “everyone should get dinner,” while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out.nnJust like asking dad for dinner, the phrase “black lives matter” also has an implicit “too” at the end: It’s saying that black lives should also matter. But responding to this by saying “all lives matter” is willfully going back to ignoring the problem. It’s a way of dismissing the statement by falsely suggesting that it means “only black lives matter,” when that is obviously not the case. And so saying “all lives matter” as a direct response to “black lives matter” is essentially saying that we should just go back to ignoring the problem.nnPeople who take such offense to “Black Lives Matter” need to take a moment to consider WHY we need to point out that black lives do indeed also matter. Because right now in this country black lives are in serious danger every day. Because black mothers are afraid to let their black children go outside. Because black men are pulled over for traffic violations and wind up dead. We need to stand up and acknowledge that Black Lives Matter. And if that hurts your little feelings white people, then you’re the ones in the wrong.

  • The letter writer — and every other person who states “But hey! don’t all lives matter or blue lives matter???” — suffer from a bad case of WHITE PRIVILEGE. They are SO WHITE PRIVILEGED that they cannot even be bothered to read and understand the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement. Feel free to read about the movement … the statement is a rhetorical ideal about the oppression of blacks (and all minorities) as a cultural way of life in our country. It’s no skin off anyone’s nose (and what an apropos metaphor!) to state ALL LIVES MATTER… they do! Sadly we live in a country where white males (and all whites) have ascendancy and have ever since our native people were slaughtered and black skinned people were brought here as slaves: raped, murdered and beaten and treated like animals. It is only recently that that ascendancy has been truly challenged… making white people feel uncomfortable enough to say “oh no” or “Wait a minute” or “White lives matter!”nnPlease: don’t say “that’s all in the past,” The actual ideals our country was founded on (that we don’t teach in history class) are murdering natives and economic success built on the literal backs of of stolen black lives. nnUnitarians Universalists (the church in question) teach an ACTUAL “christian’ belief — the respect and dignity of ALL people. This is HARD work, when you actually try to do it. In our time, people are standing up (or taking a knee) to draw attention to the inequity toward dark skinned people in our country and in our COMMUNITY! I am not a member of this church, but I am proud to see that sign on Huntington every day, to acknowledge that Stratford is NOT a white community, but a beautiful and diverse one who understands and challenges the complexity of our cultural history.

  • Connecticut Sam

    Why can’t all of us just get alone? All lives matter.

  • Alta Vista

    For all the people who agree with the letter writer, can I remind you of whom the United States government called the most notorious liar in the country, the most dangerous man in America and the most famous Communist in America, back in 1963?nnHere’s a clue. He won a Nobel Peace Prize. nnBelittling and lying about Civil Rights is a cherished American tradition.

    • Ed Foster

      Here’s another clue. Dr King was named Man of the Year by Time in 1963. The government spokesperson who belittled him was J Edgar Hoover, hardly a representative of most American’s values. Alta Whatsit, your dumb rants never cease to amaze.

      • Alta Vista

        Ed Foster re-writes history. Or perhaps you were too young to witness it?nnIf you don’t know that J. Edgar Hoover represented the views of a huge swath of American opinion in 1963, then you simply don’t know American history. nnHoover was a precise and faithful representative of those who opposed Dr. KIng, and there were many.nnLet’s also remember that it was liberal icon Robert F. Kennedy who authorized Hoover’s extra-legal wire tapping and 24-7 surveillance of MLK, Jr.nnTIME magazine has no power to arrest you. Being named “Man of the Year” offers no immunity. TIME’s ‘Man of the Year’ is about historical significance, not popularity.nnYou can be beloved by liberal media and hated by a majority of Americans, then as now. In the 1960s conservative press Dr. King was often called the Most Hated Man in America.nnMr. Foster simply proves my point that lying about the reality of the Civil Rights struggle in America is alive and well.

        • Ed Foster

          Hoover was a cross dressing whack job who relished in amassing so many secret files that 8 U.S. Presidents were afraid to sack him. Alta, I’m not young, and nor am I a dopey dupe enthralled with any particular ideology. It’s indicative of her warped sense of thinking that Ms Vista believes that the civil rights of Americans have been aided by people of her ilk. King was an American hero, Nobel Prize winner, a Doctorate, an inspired orator, and a beacon of hope to many. Nope, not a “Commie”, a liar or hardly dangerous. The struggle for civil rights remains because of crabby old crones like Alta Whatsit.

          • Alta Vista

            Simply because I corrected you on the historic record, you have absolutely no right or justification to claim that I am the reason that Civil Rights remains an issue in 2017. nnBut I’m glad you did write that publicly. It shows the abysmal level of your logic. Thanks!

          • Ed Foster

            “There is no way a 10 cent white boy could kill a million dollar black man.” Government involvement anyone? No AV, you a small continuation of the blight that a privileged white society perpetuates. Thankfully your invective goes no further than the Stratford Star. See LCBC below.

          • Alta Vista

            “There is no way a 10 cent white boy could kill a million dollar black man.” If anyone thought you were not a racist, this sentence certainly proves them wrong! WOW!nnSo which is it, EF? The American government loved and praised MLK at the same time they were involved in a conspiracy to murder him? Your own comments contradict themselves.nnAlso, can you offer any proof of your claim that the US government killed MLK?

          • Ed Foster

            You do understand there are many levels of government. The power that Hoover employed was well under the radar and above the LAW. Yes, there are bigots in Stratford who don’t share in the idealism of “I have a dream”. There are also well intentioned folks who take holidays that commemorate our nation’s warriors and killers.

          • Alta Vista

            Only a person completely ignorant of the subject could claim that the immense power of the FBI “was well under the radar” in the 1960s. Tell that to Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 u2013 December 4, 1969).nnAnd before you again make your ‘conspiracy’ claim that the US government killed Dr. King, you should read “Hellhound on his Trail” by Hampton Sides. nnOh, wait, I forgot, don’t bother. The historic facts mean nothing to you. It’s all about what you imagine happened in the past.nnAlso, as the child of a veteran and the sibling of a veteran I think it is disgusting that you label the members of our armed services “killers.” nnAmerican service men and women, the ones who died to preserve your right to be an Internet troll, deserve a respect you seem incapable of.

          • Ed Foster


  • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

    Black Lives Matter ) is a movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. it is not discriminatory but was created in in response to events which transpired,racial profiling, racial prejudice, and racial inequality, that are real. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ , rather than write a nasty hateful letter to the paper, maybe you can speak with some of the members of the church that placed the sign to see where they are coming from first. Jesus would not judge intention and neither should you. next time , you have an issue with something, why not approach the parties involved rather than trying to create more hatred and tension with a letter to the paper.

    • Ed Foster

      Nicely said!

  • Alta Vista

    Why do we need a BLM movement today? Oh, I don’t know… maybe this is one reason? nnu200bWhen a white woman was pulled over by Georgia cop Greg Abbott in 2016, she expressed concern about moving her hands for fear of being shot. Officer Abbot, in a response captured by dash cam footage, reassured her that “[cops] only shoot black people.”

    • A_Skri

      sounds like that law enforcer is out of sync with today’s world. imagine trying to calm down a white woman by sarcastically saying you kill black people. the law enforcer needs to have a mental evaluation.

      • Alta Vista

        Update: The white police lieutenant in question has just retired u2013 to keep a tight hold on his pension and benefits u2013 rather than face the consequences of his words.

    • Ed Foster

      This old bat is senseless.

  • A_Skri

    if a member of race X was attacked by racist motivation, then it would make sense that people would say: X Lives Matter.

  • Joanne Dimenno Gallagher

    Let’s not even touch the BLM issue for a moment… he is complaining that a NON CHRISTIAN religious group isn’t being biblical.nUhm, well no, they DON’T FOLLOW THE BIBLE… but they do follow a series of Principles, including THE INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF ALL PERSONS… so, yeah, makes sense to have a PRIDE FLAG (not mentioned) and the BLM banner and “Standing on the Side of Love” BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT MARGINALIZED GROUPS…nThe ignorance is staggering.

  • disqusaurus_rex

    It is astonishing to me that it would be controversial to say “black lives matter.” The saying did not originate in a vacuum. It originated in a series of well publicized incidents in which it became apparent that, to many, black lives didn’t matter.nnSome seem to take the phrase in a sense other than its plainly positive meaning – as if there is a zero sum game suggesting that actually believing black life has worth suggests somehow that other lives don’t. But that was never the point – we know other lives have worth – every day we see evidence that other groups’ lives are treasured. nnThere’s nothing wrong with suggesting that black lives should also have this same regard. And I doubt the good faith of anyone who says there is something wrong with saying so.

  • Rachel Booker

    All lives matter…except for Heather Heyer, and the little boy in NH, and Freddy Gray, and the Syrian refugees in camps anywhere other than America, and the Rohyngya victims of genocide, and the prisoners in Arizona who had their civil rights violated by Joe Arpaio, and…the list is endless. We don’t have to say White Lives Matter, because that is already a given. Be grateful that we don’t have to say it, instead of getting offended when another group has felt so powerless and marginalized that they realize maybe their lives don’t matter all that much to the people in power.

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