We are now Talking About War and Peace

We honor and desire peace

We honor and desire peace

” The next dreadful thing to a battle lost is a battle one.” —-Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

“I think that people want peace so much that one of these days the government had better get out of their way and let them have it.” —-Dwight D. Eisenhower

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objectors enjoy the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.” —-John F. Kennedy

“Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous” —George Bernard Shaw

“Never think that war, no matter how justified, is not a crime.” —-Ernest Hemmingway


“Peace, shalom,

is not

the absence of difficulties but

the handling of difficulties without

loss of balance.

Shalom is not the absence of tension

but the acceptance of it as part of the Way.

Shalom is not the absence of war

but the careful waging of war

without losing one’s balance.

Shalom, is not passive non-violence,

but active confrontation with truth. Shalom is the ablitity to see the

grain of life

and act in accord with it;

to discover that effortless effort,

action in tune with the Way of Universe,

is the secret of both peace and power.”  —Rabbi Bami Shapiro

Peace is the Way

Peace is the Way

“It is not how much we do that is important; rather, it is the love with which our actions are performed that is most important. The smallest action, done with love, will lead us toward peace.:   —-Mother Teresa


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Home Grown Taliban

Are you muttering to the television, do you yell at your TV?  Are you weary from all of the assaults of the Home Grown Taliban? I know. Now you think I am crazy. No I am fine and just being realistic about the life of women.

Are you tired of hearing State Congressmen and -women and Federal Senators and Representatives saying things in public that you want to have them fired for? One of my favorites is Senator Orrin Hatch speaking this pearl:  “Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life.”  There are the remarks dealing with “legitimate rape”, women needing to be beaten, daughters being worth less than sons. It goes on and on ad nauseum.

Here in the United States we are no longer top in the fields of math and science.  Part of the reason we have lost our place is the extreme religious right. For the first time in thirty-six years, the U.S. now educates fewer scientists each year. We import more high-tech items than we export.

The religious right fights against programs to provide condoms to the poor. Abstinence programs  are failing, and teen pregnancy is on the rise.

The health of those that the religious right does not value is endangered.  There have been republicans who say that if a HIV vaccine were developed, they would be against using it. Scientists have developed the human papilloma virus vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, but the religious right’s opposes funding the vaccine for those who need it.. The stem cell research is moving slowly now because the religious right opposes the research, ignoring the gain to medicines that are being lost.

For instance, my younger sister has a genetic liver disease that will inevitably kill her. She doesn’t drink, this is totally genetic. She needs a new liver, but cannot get a normal transplant because she cannot take the medicine that prevents rejection.  The only hope for her and others like her is that scientists develop a method for growing a new liver from her own cells . It won’t happen now unless it happens from stem cells.  So the religious right has decided, essentially, that my sister and thousands like her will have to die.

James Dobson’s War on America is the first book written by a religious right organization.  All women, men of color, Jews, Muslims, homosexual people and others are harmed by the actions and attitudes on the part of the Christian Right.

The extreme religious right operates behind the scenes, urging opposition to what people in American need.

The great Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis wrote, “Those who won our independence believed…that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people…that it is hazardous to discourage thought, hope, and imagination; that fear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government…(Fear) can’t alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly.”

Therefore, there is much that is similar between the religious right and the Taliban. They both agree on women and want to disenfranchise women, keep women from education, and keep women silent in the background, possessions of their men.

The state of our Union has been corrupted, and the women of the U.S. have been disenfranchised the way the Taliban has disenfranchised Middle Eastern women. The three largest Christian-right organizations call for “crusaders” to pray that certain  U.S.  Supreme Court justices whose voting records they dislike will die, An emotional war of hatred. The televangelist Pat Robertson has blamed Ellen Degeneres for Hurricane Katrina, because she’s gay.

If the religious right is not stopped, as time goes on, we women will lose more and more of our rights and equality. The Religious Right is beginning to sound and act like the Taliban. This is terrible for women everywhere. Speak up and speak out before you use this right. Sign petitions, volunteer at a women’s shelter or a women’s clinic. We can all light our candles and not look away. Face those who denigrate women.

Congress Needs to Work Together for America

Our American Congress

Our American Congress

Our congress needs to rethink why they are in Washington D.C. We the people, elected President Barak Obama and the people in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Are they focused on our wishes and needs? No. No. No.

“I don’t know what would have happened if a public opinion poll was taken when Moses left Egypt! My impression is that he may not have enjoyed a majority. Shall we go after the Golden Calf because it’s the will of the majority, or should we go for the Promised Land because that is our destiny.”  —Shimon Peres

Our society has become expert in opinion polling.  In fact, it has become a science used widely by marketers, politicians, and the media. There are leaders in our country who don’t make a move without a poll. These polls they use are very sophisticated techniques. The men and women who run for congress that are visionary and progressive are few and far between. These polls have us looking at everything except ourselves. We look at others to discover what is within ourselves, deep within ourselves.

Can congress hear all of us or just the rich?

Can congress hear all of us or just the rich?

For our elected leaders to really lead in this country, it can mean choosing the path that the majority does not favor. Real leaders know ethically and morally what is needed to make this country strong again. They lead from vision not from polls. Moses did not take any polls of the Egyptian people who were slaves in Egypt. Instead he followed the vision and the words Adonai spoke to his heart. He took risks and pushed people to go forward. Many of them wanted to go back to the land of their slavery where they knew what to expect and what was coming. He looked inside to his spiritual self and led the people to the Promised Land. Even the ones who complained and whined the entire time it took them to get to the Promised Land.

America is a kind of a Promised Land for millions of people in the world. They think that all will be well if they can just get here. There will be education, jobs and health care. Those who immigrate here often find that the promises made are not real. We need to continue to be the melting pot we always have been. We need to cherish what people bring to this country. To do that, our Federal Government must take risks, to do what they know is right and not to take the easy way. Then the American people may learn to trust our elected officials again. It would not surprise me if less than 1/4 of Congress actually had a vision that moved them. Instead polls move them.

Progressive and visionary ideas are not anti religion. Any religion. They are not Communistic or Socialistic. Nothing in life remains static, and we need to progress in the way that benefits the American Dream. Trying to maintain the status quo means that we can’t grow as a nation. The needs of our nation and its people are constantly changing. So be visionary and progressive. Be Moses and take America to where it is the best nation it can be.

People often use signs to tell Congress what they want and need.

People often use signs to tell Congress what they want and need.

Stop the Violence. Stop the Wars

We can live in peace on this planet. We can move beyond hate and fear of differences to love and acceptance.

Well, we have a cease-fire. It has been violated but it is still a cease-fire. I pray for all of the people who have been injured or killed. I pray for those who have lost family and friends. The problem is this cease-fire is not peace. It could erupt any time and the horror would start all over again.

Now the Egyptian Prime Minister has declared he has absolute power for the next six months. What is going on? It seems as if we are as a species going quite out of our minds. The Egyptian people are protesting and I understand that. It is their God given right to speak up against this madness. My heart is with them and hopes that the protests will let the government understand they can’t steal power from the people.

I read a quote today, It was, “Don’t shoot. I want to grow up.” What could be a clearer message to the people of the world than the simple voice of a child declaring what he wants? I would add that we have an obligation to help children grow up without hatred and violence. To have a healthy safe world to grow up in.

We don’t know, which child lost in the recent attacks between Hamas and Israel, might have grown up to be another Abraham, or Einstein or another Ghandi. We might be killing the person who could bring permanent peace to this One Planet we all share. Think about the bottom line, think about what we are robbing the world of. Then remember, we are all responsible to promote peace wherever we are. Blessings to all.

Make music, make love, make solutions; not war.