I tried to think of a different title for this post, but I struggled, so in the end, I went with the first one to spring to mind.

Let’s kick things off with a question: What do you think of when you see this?

poppy-field

Do you think of religion, politics or commercial interests when you see the Poppy?

Or do you see a symbol of rememberance for fallen soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and safety of their families and loved ones?

If you’re one of the bosses at FIFA and you see the former, I’d love to know your reasoning, because frankly, my mind boggles as to how anyone could believe the Poppy is a religious, political or commercial symbol. It is, and always will be, the latter – a symbol that pays respect and rememberance. To suggest t is anything else is to act out of ignorance, and I hope you come to your senses.

In the wake of the tragic loss of Leonard Nimoy, you would think that people would be focusing on the loss keenly felt by his fans, his colleagues, his friends and of course, his family.

Unfortunately, there are some parties out there that seem determined to use this occasion to troll and berate. Most notably, the Twitter account of New York Daily News is running a big, bold headline of ‘Captain Jerk’, as William Shatner – James T Kirk on Star Trek and a close friend of Leonard Nimoy – is unable to attend the funeral.

Shatner is attending a charity function to raise awareness of and money for the Red Cross. This has no doubt been prearranged and it is a worthy cause. I very much doubt Shatner has decided he doesn’t want to go to Nimoy’s funeral in favour of this event, but he has made a commitment and he is honouring that commitment, which is what I am sure Nimoy would have wanted.

The attitude of this ‘news’ site is despicable. If you are reading this and on Twitter, I urge you to voice your disgust.

People arrested for feeding the homeless… yup, you read that correctly, arrested for showing kindness and generosity to those in need.

To quote the page directly:

Fort Lauderdale police charged three men — including two pastors and a 90-year-old man — for feeding the homeless in public on Sunday, the first such cases made by the city after the a new ordinance effectively banning public food sharings took effect Friday.

The first to be charged was homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, who has been feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale for more than 20 years. Also cited were two Christian ministers — Dwayne Black, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.

All three men face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

I can imagine the arguments now… ‘oh, by feeding them you’re encouraging them to remain dependent on handouts, they need to learn to look after themselves, etc etc’. Well, it isn’t always that simple, and the opportunity to move out of that situation doesn’t always present itself.

Even that’s beside the point. To actually go as far as to arrest a 90 year-old and two pastors over this seems beyond excessive.