I always find myself amazed, and in light of recent Kansas events wordless, at man’s ability to twist words of spiritual men. In our state this week it just happened to be a christian who carried out his own twisted thoughts. My prayers and condolences to Dr. Tiller’s family and friends.
These types of religious/hate crimes are common worldwide for various reasons. In trying to formulate some sort of response to this senseless death, I kept coming back to the same point. That is, that whatever the response is, it must not for me anyway, involve further hatred and speech inciting more hate. I started to write something with all the best quotes; Ghandi, Buddha, Christ, Mohammed. It read like a sermon. I ended up turning to music again. I’m not sure how this video relates to these events, but it seemed appropriate at the time. ~sekanblogger
I thought this subject deserved a dedicated thread: What can we individually, and/or as a group, do that would be helpful in responding to the tragedy of Dr. Tiller’s death? As part of the foregoing reflection, I have been thinking about what can I do to better respond to people of conservative ideology. As I posted earlier, Krisof had an editorial in the NY Times which contended listening to opposing views does not change one’s position, in fact it can entrench one’s position. I believe this entrenchment happened to me as a result of posting and reading on the blog thatshallnotbenamed. I don’t want to be the person that I think I chose to be as a result of my BTSNBN (an abbreviation) experience.
One action I am going to take is to write an email to Phillip and share that I think hosting an unmoderated hate fest is not an especially good idea. I think that he and his corporation have a responsibility to not do that.
Also I am going to endeavor to follow one of those mother’s rules that was always difficult for me: “sometimes it is best to say nothing, if you can’t say something pleasant [or at least something non-confrontational].”
In re-reading this plan, it doesn’t seem like very much, but maybe it is better than nothing.
What do you bloggers think?
August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009
A doctor is dead. Does anyone think this will eliminate the problem of unwanted pregnancies?
“I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.” -President Obama
“This is sad and shocking news. My prayers go out to the Tiller family and
the members of his church who witnessed this terrible crime.” -Kathleen Sebelius
June 1 is “The International Children’s Day,” first celebrated worldwide in October 1955. The holiday is simply set to honor children and minors. The United States of America is one of only two countries in the world that have not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As of November 2007, 193 countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Do something nice for a child today — maybe the child will be the one inside you! 😉