Talk about the funeral of all funerals in New York City. Today, police officer Rafael Ramos who was assassinated last Saturday was laid to rest. Over 35,000 police officers from all over the 50 states and even Canada as well as other civilians came to the funeral. The Evangelical worship edifice only sits 800 so the rest were lined up for blocks outside. I am from New York and have never seen a funeral with so many people and so much display of military style salute.
In attendance were vice president Biden, governor Cuomo, mayor Di Blasio, former mayor Giuliani, the family of slain officer Liu and of course the Ramos family. The family did not speak at the funeral service. Politicians and the pastors of the Christ Tabernacle sect spoke instead giving words of encouragement to the family. Commissioner Bratton announced that both police officers would be promoted to detective posthumously. The now Detective Ramos was also officially named a chaplain as well. He had been studying in the chaplaincy program for the NYPD and was set to graduate the day he was assassinated. The speakers at the funeral described Ramos as being a man of faith who thought of his job as part of God’s work. The Ramos family were visibly in pain, especially the older son Justin who had a face of anguish. The younger son Jaden seemed to be holding in his emotion.
Unfortunately, the ceremony was tarnished by some foolish officers who turned their backs at the jumbo-trons as mayor Di Blasio spoke. This was in poor taste in my opinion. Now the media is focusing on this instead of the life of Detective Ramos. These officers should get suspended in my opinion. They should have waited until both officers were laid to rest in order to continue their childish behavior.
In any event, the ceremony was amazing. I have never seen anything like it in regards to a police officer ceremony. There was even a fly over with helicopters in formation. Over 400 officers on motorcycles lead the procession to the cemetery. With the exception of the back-turning cops, the ceremony was dignified and gave a respectful and solemn farewell to the Puerto Rican officer who was assasinated just for being NYPD. Kudos to each speaker and the pastors who did an excellent job using their words to comfort us all. Kudos to the organizers both at Christ Tabernacle and the NYPD.
Thank you Detective Rafael Ramos for your dedication and service. You will not be forgotten. May God bless your soul and give you the rest you deserve. You have made Christ proud for as He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)”
Some images from the funeral:
OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
There probably hasn’t been a movie in history with so much drama surrounding it which wasn’t in the movie script itself. The movie “The Interview” which is a comedy about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Joung un was set to be played in movie theaters on Christmas day. All was well until Sony Pictures was hacked. Information was stolen and posted online, including emails from top executives who said some nasty things about actors and even the president.
In the days that followed, threats were made to Americans and Sony if the movie was not pulled completely. Due to these threats, many theaters chose to not play the movie on December 25 which forced Sony Pictures to cancel the screening altogether. Many complained about this decision including the president of the United States who saw it as a censorship of free speech. North Korean officials denied being involved in the hacking and even offered to help America figure out who did it. However, the FBI insisted that it was the work of North Korea whose leader is afraid of mockery and satire of himself.
Well after this, Sony Pictures decided to put the show back on, so to speak. “The Interview” will be screened in about 200 theaters across the nations. Many are calling this a victory for free speech. It is believed that this decision was the result of a mysterious internet outage that North Korea is facing. President Obama has said that America would respond but never elaboration. Many believe the internet outage was the work of Americans.
I am glad that Sony decided to screen the film. Having cyber bullies force someone to do something is just horrible and against the principles of freedom that Americans enjoy. Nevertheless, some people are skeptic and believe that many this was all a stunt to get people interested in the movies. Others believe that maybe North Korea shut its own internet off. Who knows?