Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Paradise Center Scandal Has Me Mad As Hell At Fort Worth
The troubled sky over the stunning skyline of beautiful downtown Fort Worth is a good metaphor for my foul mood.
I thought a late afternoon hike at the Tandy Hills Natural Sanatorium might break me out of this I'm mad as hell and I don't wanna take it anymore Howard Beale mood I've been in.
I think it may be the bizarre Fort Worth Paradise Center Scandal that has pushed me near the edge.
I've have had it happen to me, having something taken away with no warning. Unfairly and wrongly.
I've often been troubled, during my Texas Exile, as to what in the world is wrong with Fort Worth. Is there an Empathy Deficit in this town?
I'm not much of a religious person. Well, actually, I'm not a religious person. But I sure get some of what Jesus tried to teach people. As in, what you do to the least among you, you do unto me.
In the Paradise Center you had a place that helped the least among us. And you had a lady running the place of whom I think Jesus would have approved.
Running the Paradise Center in the Buckle of the Bible Belt.
Where are the Christians coming to the defense of these wronged people?
It is incidents like this that make me have very little respect for way too many who go about claiming to be Christian.
Why was Teresa Davis fired? What is the justification for disrupting her life and the lives of those she helped?
This is a woman who went way beyond the call of duty. Over the years she took adult disabled children on adventures they otherwise would never have experienced. Overnight trips to Sea World in San Antonio, the Space Center in Houston, Diamond Digging in Arkansas.
Why is there not a LOUD outcry from all the people who had family who were helped by the Paradise Center and Teresa Davis?
Why is the Fort Worth Star-Telegram not interested in this scandal?
Am I the only person who sees that something is very wrong here? I've already opined that the reason Teresa Davis was fired needs to be made public. An investigation needs to take place into who made the decision to fire Teresa Davis. And why. This may end up needing to be a criminal investigation. There may be some serious wrongdoing in play here.
And another note as to what bothers me about this. Teresa Davis is married to Steve Doeung. Teresa and Steve were put through a living hell by the City of Fort Worth and Chesapeake Energy in their fight to protect their home from having a non-odorized natural gas pipeline placed underneath it.
I watched Steve defend himself in court. I saw Chesapeake lawyers tell the judge that the judge was incorrect on some point of law. That Steve was correct.
I am embarrassed, as an American, at what the City of Fort Worth and Chesapeake Energy put this proud Cambodian-American through, after he went through so much to get to America.
Where Steve was under the delusion he would finally be free of Communist type oppression.
Yet now, once again, Steve and his wife are subject to oppression, in America, oppression that is of the sort of bureaucratic bullying practiced by the Communists and the Nazis.
And yet nary a voice speaks out, demanding that this wrong be righted.
I really do not think Jesus would be all that proud that this sad part of the earth is known as the Buckle of the Bible Belt.
It's more the Center of Divine Hypocrisy.
I've told Steve Doeung, previously, that he and his family might be a lot happier if they moved to the part of America that is the America he thought he was moving to, when he left Cambodia.
Move to Seattle. Anyone in Washington reading this. Can you provide asylum to a Cambodian-American and his family and help them finally live in the America of Steve's dreams?
If Steve does move out of Texas and into America, I must warn you, if you meet him, he has a good Texas accent. And speaks way better English than a lot of Texans I've met over the years.