I remember burning with a righteous anger when I wrote it. I did not even proof-read it. Upon rereading it, I get goosebumps. I added a comma, and a paragraph break.
San, I thought you wanted a copy???? Mom
Sister San's response to above article. Maybe she should have been a journalist instead of a teacher....
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: Miami Herald Article
This guy needs a touch of God. Every society will have radical, mentally ill, cruel people who are SURE they are right, know the only answers, and have the only road map, those who believe that anyone not in their boat is inhuman and needs to be destroyed. Doing it in the name of religion, any religion, is a farce and makes a mockery of that person's belief in God. They need to be identified, neutralized, rehabilitated if possible, and contained, if not, and others of their race, religion, country of origin and/or family need not be blamed for the excesses of the few found in every culture, society, and group who can't see the big picture. Love is stronger than hate. Peace is stronger than terror. A way of life lived in fear, anger, and impotence will always lose out in the long run to one of peace, opportunities, and love.
That does not mean that there will not be bumps in the road.
The Maimi Herald article-- (Top gone...)
Arab societies have been killing each other for centuries. They are experts at it, and all the revenge that they have been able to concoct over the centuries has not taught them a better way. Exposure to other cultures has led to the mellowing of many of the cruel practices that were once commonplace. Showing them a better way, leading by example, is a far, far superior course.
I am proud of the local muslum groups and Arabic groups who are recommending that their members join with those helping -- be visible, DOING GOOD, uniting with those feeling pain and suffering. Actions like that ARE the best of human nature, and cut across national, racial, and religious boundaries.
Those who need help to handle and channel their anger and rage, no matter how "righteous" it is, will hopefully be surrounded by more level-headed friends to guide them through the grief process toward healing.
Two wrongs don't make a right, and the God I pray to is not impressed by who has the biggest stick or can make the biggest bang...
Keep on praying. It is the BEST course, no matter who you THINK you are working for when you do.