Quote of the day

"We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing. "

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Who is responsible for Lawrence King's death?

And who is responsible for the ruined life of Brandon McInerney? What is the source for the hate and evil that rose in the hand of a 14 year old child? No one is born with hate. Hate is taught. Hate is indoctrinated. It manifests itself in many forms and all too often hides in the guise of morality and family values. Where is this hate taught?

It's time that we stop ignoring the 800 pound Gorilla. We know the source of this hate but we're too polite to say it. Talking about religious fundamentalism in a negative light is always countered with cries of oppression. But who cries for their victims? Who will stand up for those they have destroyed? Who will try to stop them from doing it again?

How can we as a society watch a bully pulpit spew vitriol and intolerance without condemning it in the loudest of voices? How many children must die or have their lives destroyed before we stand up and call upon them to stop?

Stop preaching hate to children! Stop hurting children!

We condemn Islamic fundamentalist indocrination of their children with seeds of hate and violence, yet the fundamentalists among us are allowed to do the same with impunity.

Freedom of speech is one of the greatest rights we all share, but where is the voice of religious moderates to condemn these fundamentalists? If you stand by and do nothing to counter this evil, you are equally complicit in allowing it to spread.

Remember these great words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

It's time that we demand as a society that these fundamentalist stop spreading their hate, just as we demanded society to acknowledge the KKK as the evil that it was, so must we do with these fundamentalists. This kind of indoctrination is nothing short of child abuse. To take a soul born in the light and twist it towards darkenss is the greatest sin possible in man.

Who is responsible?

A 14 year old child pulled the trigger but bigotry loaded the gun.


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