Innocence Lost

It has not gone unnoticed that a large number of my well-to-do countrymen and women head north and flock to the Houston-area to hit the local malls.

Particularly the Galleria and its country bumpkin cousin, Katy Mills. Here is a shot of the world-famous Katy Mills carousel:

Katy Mills

[Pic source: Kid Pop Houston]

They come from all over my native land, from México City to Monterrey. It is quite easy to spot them because,

  1. They’re the only ‘weirdos’ who are walking the mall as a family
  2. They’re the only Mexicans who aren’t all choloed up

Never in a million years would I have imagined that any of the niñas fresas buying overpriced clothes would ever attempt to smuggle blow on their way to the happy shopping grounds.

Yet, there is this story:
Smugglers turn to affluent women as drug ‘mulas’

Here is how the piece opens up:

Three striking sisters, women in their 20s from the Mexican metropolis of Monterrey, were riding in the back of a late-model minivan with friends toward the shopping malls of Houston, when a Laredo customs agent noticed something out of place.

Next time I hit the ‘Mills’, it will be difficult to look at my money-dropping paisanos without thinking of this story.

Oh, innocence lost!

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Katy Interfaith Group sends Confusing Message

Personally, I’m not really down with interfaith groups if what said groups are trying to do is pretend that their respective convictions can all be true and are equally valid.

I suppose the only good reason for a Christian to join such a group would be in obedience to the Great Commission.

Obviously Islam, Judaism and Christianity have some things in common, mainly the belief in One God (as to His Nature ask a Muslim or a Jew what He thinks of God becoming man).

However, clearly where Islam and the latter 2 split is on which son of Abraham received the blessings of the firstborn. Islam asserts that the blessings went to Ishmael, while Judaism (and thus Christianity, since Christianity completes Judaism) correctly asserts that the son of the promise is Isaac.

Judaism and Christianity split on the person of Jesus Christ, whom Christians are convinced is Judaism’s long awaited Messiah and God Incarnate (something unspeakably blasphemous to the Muslim and Jewish ear, who says these 2 don’t have anything in common?)

Obviously, anyone who says that these 3 are all true needs to, at the very least, mix in a course or two on logic.

This being said, in the Houston suburb of Katy a so-called interfaith group was revived earlier this year. If I remember correctly this was done in response to the infamous pig races a local citizen held to protest the building of a mosque near his property (blogged about it here and here).

A recently written article about said group raises some questions,

“One thing that’s important about the way we put this together is that we not only want the diversity of three major faiths but we want diversity within those three major faiths,” he said. “We’re trying to communicate that none of them are monolithic.”

“He” being the Rev. David Hargrave, pastor of First Christian Church in Katy, and the “three major faiths” being Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Later on in the story,

Hargrave said leaders of other faiths, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, will continue to be recruited.

I wonder how Buddhist and Hindu leaders will react to Hargrave’s mention of “those three major faiths.”?