The ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law officially goes into effect today and Louisiana is the first state to put this kind of law in place. The law makes it a hate crime to target police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. Under the new law anyone convicted of committing a felony hate crime could face five years in prison or a maximum five thousand dollar fine. Traditionally, a crime is considered a hate crime if the victim is targeted because of identity-based characteristics such as their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation. Louisiana becomes the first state to add one’s chosen vocation to that list and it hits home for the Shreveport Police Department. Last August, officer ThomasLavalley was shot and killed on duty after responding to a suspicious person call. His accused killer, GroverCannon is in jail awaiting trial. Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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A.ocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. Sense of “one’s occupation or profession” is first attested 1550s. try this outEach vocation challenges us to live our faith more deeply and to follow Christ more closely. Paul does not intend to indicate any particular profession as a gift of God, but he makes use of a general expression to imply that the unequal dispensation of graces explains the diversity of objects offered for our choice like the diversity of virtues. Those who belong to a religious order not only follow the evangelical counsels for themselves, but are accepted by the Church, more or less officially, to represent in religious society the practice of the rules of perfection; and to offer it to God as a part of public worship. I have had to learn that one does not always choose one’s vocation. 1 the activity by which one regularly makes a living Synonyms calling, employment, game, lay, line, profession, trade, occupation, work Related Words call, lifework ; business, enterprise, field, livelihood, living, métier also metier, racket slang; assignment, engagement, gig, mission ; art, craft, handicraft, handicraft ; appointment, berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation ; duty, function, job, load, task, workload Near Antonyms’ avocation, hobby, pursuit In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.” Don’t we all long for that kind of clarity? Use of the word “vocation” before the sixteenth century referred firstly to the “call” by God 2 to an individual, or calling of all humankind to salvation, particularly in the Vulgate, and more specifically to the “vocation” to the priesthood, or to the religious life, which is still the usual sense in Roman Catholicism. Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meanings of the term originated in Christianity .