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By Linda Athens, Kingman,, AZ

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oklahoma and the power of the Heartland

Linda Athens

Oklahoma and the power of the Heartland

While a lot of guns probably blew away in this week's Oklahoma tornadoes. one thing that didn't blow away was faith in their God.

The one common thread running through nearly every interview of these brave survivors has a common theme - God. Praying to Him. Thanking Him. Asking Him to spare their homes but if He did not, they would know He had another plan they couldn't see just yet.

Inspiring to me, it was startling to some reporters. Rush Limbaugh played two back to back audios of Shep Smith of Fox news reporting. The first was Shep in New Orleans after their tragedy a few years back and the second was of the Oklahomans 24 hours after this week's tragedy.

In the first, he is reporting the New Orleans people didn't know what to do, where to go, no government at hand to tell them. They seemed powerless to do anything to help themselves. I remember them huddling in downtown New Orleans while dozens of buses sat outside, unused, that could have been used to drive out of the city.

The second audio is reporting 24 hours after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado hit. Shep is stunned that bulldozing is already taking place, people already cleaning up, an amazing amount of work done already by the actual inhabitants of the area.

Joplin, Mo., the beautiful little town next door that was blown away just two years ago has already rebuilt 80 percent of the thousands of homes lost. They are Oklahoma's biggest cheerleaders.

All Heartland people. Tough. Resilient. God-fearing. Can take care of themselves.

Some of my favorites are from there. Will Rogers. Garth and Reba and Blake and Vince and Carrie and Toby. Gene Autry and Paul Harvey. Mickey Mantle and Patti Page. Sam Walton of Walton's fame and Joe Albertson of Albertson's fame. And "Opie". And more.

Oklahoma Strong!!



Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

BM:

>>currently there are nearly 1,500 Atheists that belong to the Oklahoma Atheists group – mostly centered around Oklahoma City.<<

Wow! 1500 huh? So Blitzer found one out of the population of 591.967. OC better shudder. The atheists might be catching up. (Pause for laughter)


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Athens

“…but I have always liked him no matter what way he leans.”

Whew! You actually posted that?

“He probably found the only atheist in Oklahoma.”

currently there are nearly 1,500 Atheists that belong to the Oklahoma Atheists group – mostly centered around Oklahoma City.


Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“…a Jewish media heavyweight expressing faith in God, and a disheveled survivor Bob Moore could get along with.”

What an amazing statement. You seem to be of some misguided, odd Christian-driven conviction that a Jew cannot express a faith in God and that I should not be capable of commiserating with a person who just lost their home.

I have to admit to always being fascinated by the various barbs and insults tossed my way and will admit to toasting a few out there myself. But this one, to be honest, makes no sense whatsoever – unless the commenter is attempting to paint me with that ever popular “atheist” brush. Which is, of course, incorrect, as always.


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

pl:

Wolf Blitzer is Jewish? I never knew what he was but I have always liked him no matter what way he leans.

I saw that, cracked up laughing. He probably found the only atheist in Oklahoma.

It is amazing how few children lost their lives in the two schools that were pretty much leveled.

A teacher got some of the students in a bathroom. The whole school blew away but the bathroom walls where they were were still there, minus the roof. God bless them all. I love Oklahoma. Visiting my husbands brother there one time, he had a garage (auto repairs) near the Murrah building.

Not long after our visit, the Murrah building blow up occurred. His wife had just brought him lunch and they had the garage doors closed. They were blown off, or maybe in but narrowly escaped injury. Needless to say, the noise was horrible and they were taken totally by surprise.

Oklahoma has had more than it's share of hard times.


Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

I was quite taken back when Wolf Blitzer, smiling ear to ear, asked a tornado durvivor if she was "thankful to the Lord". She said amidst the rubble," actually, I'm an atheist". Talk about a role reversal and the opposite of LA's portrayals - a Jewish media heavyweight expressing faith in God, and a disheveled survivor Bob Moore could get along with.

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


“God-fearing”?


Why do they fear God? Perhaps it’s because that Pat Robertson says these disasters are caused because the people are unclean, nasty or sinners. If that is the case I would fear God as well.

But, I do not fear God – guess I am pure of heart and soul, huh?

God fearing!


Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@LiJiAma

So, you are saying that relief efforts run smoother under Obama than Under Bush, I got it, thanks for admitting that!




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