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Let Me Sow Love, Where There Is Hatred

 

This is the first of a series of articles based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi beginning, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

Clarksville, TN – Sadly, many people in our country are obsessed with hatred for people who are different from them. Most hatred is based on fear—fear of loss of control, fear of loss of wealth, fear of not being proven superior based on superficial evidence.

Some vocal politicians, political pundits and just plain ignoramuses actually advocate shooting people who have differing beliefs from their own.

Our country is suffering daily from hatred—hatred of those who are not just like “us,” the chosen ones.

How can individuals who think and wish to live in peace influence those who would tear our country apart with hatred? How can peace-loving citizens protect themselves from treasonous assaults on our freedoms by those whose own political agendas promote lies in an effort to grab power? How can innocent people trying to live their lives without harm to others combat the insanity that seems to be gripping too many members of our society? «Read the rest of this article»

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Where There Is Hatred, Let Me Sow Love

 

Author’s Note: This is the first of a series of articles based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi beginning, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona, was born August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone. The Panama Canal Zone is a United States Territory, not a state.  President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961. Hawaii was a state at the time of his birth. Much ink and rhetoric has been wasted on whether or not Barack Obama is a citizen, yet few people have any concern about John McCain’s claim. The races of the men are different; the political parties of the men are different. Both are citizens of the United States. Let’s move on.

Sadly, many people in our country are obsessed with hatred for people who are different from them. Most hatred is based on fear—fear of loss of control, fear of loss of wealth, fear of not being proven superior based on superficial evidence.

Recently, 19 people were shot down at a meeting of a Congresswoman and a few of her constituents. The gun-wielding assassin most likely had felt overcome with fear that his government was not using its powers in the way the gunman wanted.

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Naomi Wolf speaks on ‘The End of America’

 

Naomi Wolf, author of the groundbreaking book The Beauty Myth, has been on the speaker circuit promoting her latest book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. It is a different track that her prior emphasis on women’s rights and feminism. The End of America is “a harbinger of an age that may finally see the patriarchal realm of political discourse usurped.”

Wolf enters a male-dominated political commentary arena dominated by men to make a compelling argument for civil rights. Her analysis falls closer to the bones of political discourse as presented by Emma Goldman, and presents her case with an energetic urgency as she cautions Americans of a dangerous “fascist shift” brought about by the Bush administration.

Chapters outline the “Ten Steps to Fascism” citing historical corollaries (as well as the pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm), with headings like “Invoke an External and Internal Threat,” “Establish Secret Prisons,” “Surveil Ordinary Citizens,” “Restrict the Press,” and “Target Key Individuals,” making a case for the existence of fascism outside of a dictatorship. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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