Op Ed: The Tiger Ate the Children – ‘For God’s Sake’

by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall

Many may remember the three years I guested regularly on national TV. On December 25, 2007, a tiger sprung out of the tiger grotto and attacked several people for the second time that year. Fox and CNN had me on, as did several radio stations, needing a Social Psychologist and Historian to explain “What Happened Here?”

The stations aired me within a day of the incident. My Evaluation was:

  1. In the days to come, we will discover that inspectors have cited the zoo several times, telling them “the wall is too low – it must be raised.”
  2. The zoo’s response was: “we can’t afford it – so we won’t do it.”
  3. Year after year, the zoo used RISK ANALYSIS to NOT spend the money, reasoning: “it would be cheaper to pay the death claims, if any.”
  4. The result of their greed: two people died and three more were mauled nearly to death.

Under our current” Capital Centered Ethic” (Profit and Money placed above every other consideration); businesses and government operate under that same scenario: “Making and retaining wealth is a higher priority than Human beings” – WE ARE EXPENDABLE to save profits!

This way of thinking has permeated all American life. There are 44,000 bridges, we cross every day that are condemned as “DEATH TRAPS”- waiting to fall. Three of them are in Baltimore. The response from government: “sorry you will have to take your chances” (Paraphrase M Rubio to parents of dead children shot at Stoneman-Douglas H.S.). The unsaid SECRET: “We need the money to invest in our developers, building the sparkling new skyscrapers and the $500 a-night hotels along the Harbor.”

We can’t rebuild our schools, some have no heat, because the government is out of money.

A large portion of national government (republicans) want to cast out the Affordable Care Plan, reduce Medicaid, cut Medicare, get rid of Social Security and stop food stamps for the truly poor.

Why you ask? The answer: “We need cash to pay for our many wars, ALL known by everyone to be useless! Hidden in the same budget is our leader’s salaries and BLOATED expenses. The Congress and Senate has a modest salary of $174,000 but, Washington is AWASH in a Sea of Money, all lifted from the needs of REAL people and paid out in corruption pay-offs to OUR officials by big WAR CONTRACTORS and privier sellers of deadly weapons (NRA).

Here are some of the biggest NRA payoffs; J. McCain $7,740.521 (my most admired politician and friend); M. Rubio $3,303,355; R. Portman $$3,061,941; HOUSE: M. Simpson $385,731 (there are 220 more – almost ALL are republican).

The philosophical source for this ethic is: “The winners should take all, and the lower you go on the people poll (failures), the closer you get to permanent destitution.” “KEEP THE MONEY AT THE TOP” – Let the lessor people fight the tiger on their own (Ayn Rand Republican philosopher, atheist and godless person).

Some say of me: “HE Don’t Support Our troops!” I, unlike Mom and Dad and uncle Frank DO LOVE OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN -boys and girls – I want them alive, walking on two legs and not plagued all their life with shadow insanity (PTSD) horrible memories at the EVIL they have done) that is inevitable from endless WAR. Conversely, you” Rah-Rah” war hawks, are sacrificing your own children for NOTHING, but stolen money from other lands, plundering riches you will never see.


Churches support political leaders who commit adultery and bleed off your money, to assuage as gun freaks that are so afraid of dark skinned people, they are willing to FLOOD our country with dangerous weapons, letting our grandchildren be slaughter, just so THEY CAN FEEL GOOD and SAFE.

Now TELL me again, WHO Loves OUR CHILDREN.

CNN and Fox guested me a total of 126 times over two years, asking me: “Pastor Britt, what’s the story behind these stories? From Charlottesville to San Francisco to Columbine, I gave them a very simple answer and was ALWAYS proven right:

“the American People, Government and Business, ALL operate under the motto of: ME first. I (we) want all we can get, taken from anyone too weak or innocent to stop us and we want it all NOW!

When Roger Ailes (Fox NN) barred me from the air, it was because he could not abide a TRUTH TELLER on HIS stations. Most Americans are still in dread fear of the TRUTH. When we finally face reality then we can STOP the TIGER – together? – For God’s Sake!

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Dr. Britt Minshall
The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall is the author of several books including the widely acclaimed 'The Jesus Book.' He is a speaker on societal behaviors impacting politics, religion and wealth. He travels and ministers extensively in Haiti. He is a Pastor Emeritus in The United Church of Christ, a Minister in the Full Gospel Fellowship and a regular contributor on Fox Television Network, Public Radio, and National media. He is also a former Security Agency operator and INTERPOL Officer. His police career was compromised when he became a Freedom Rider in the mid- sixties.

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