|Cape Cod FOR|
Bearing ON justice blog
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
~Rev. Martin Luther King
My heart has been broken all week for the victims of all the senseless violence in the world, brought into sharp painful view these 2 past weeks -- the Russian airplane full of tourists returning from Egypt; Beirut with terrorist bombings that killed more than 40 and injured hundreds; and then Paris, where the death toll is now 129 but the toll in heightened fear is incalculable. That's what terrorists do, teach us to fear.
France has already begun retaliatory airstrikes: striking ISIS targets but do not doubt that many innocents are also killed. Many politicians in the U.S. are calling for military action -- "boots on the ground" is the evil metaphor they use, it sounds so neutral, doesn't it? In cold, hard reality, those boots have humans in them, mostly young men, whom we are sending to kill and be killed.
Many public officials, notably the Republican governors of many U.S. states, are calling for the US to stop receiving refugees -- people who have nothing but the drive to begin a new life, people fleeing the same violence we fear. And virtually all of these politicians call themselves people of faith. What happened to the call for us to care for one another?
When will it end? When will we ever learn? I feel utterly helpless. I pray, but the prayers just crumble in my parched throat. I don't know what to do about ISIS and others who perpetrate violence, but I cannot imagine that "returning violence for violence" is the answer.
For the love of Godde, can't we stop the cycle and refuse to use violence in response?
After 14 years as President