When I think of #BLOTUS, his family and cronies, this quote immediately comes to mind. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such unmitigated intolerance, lying and corruption focused in the hands of so few and accepted by so many.
“It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Intolerance is a sign of inadequacy, and not just of education. Intolerance is also a sign of a shallow and superficial spirituality.
We also need to be keenly aware that intolerance comes from a foundation of fear and demonstrates a private sense of inadequacy that is masked behind the arrogance.
Intolerance is not a characteristic of a good leader. This is something that bears watching in our country’s new leaders.
I am alarmed that the number of documented hate crimes has risen dramatically since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. This isn’t just a coincidence.
Our newly elected President’s ugly rhetoric, and viperous verbal attacks on our nation’s marginalized have encouraged many of his followers to act out their own hatred of those they they fear and those with whom they do not agree or understand. This cannot be allowed to continue.
Those of us who live in love have to take sides. We have to speak out against every hate crime we see, and we must, likewise, take every opportunity to prevent hate crimes from occurring. Silence on this issue is not an option.
We must take sides. We must stand with those being oppressed. And we must speak out against anyone (including the President, or any other leader), who engages in or promotes hate crimes, either verbal or physical. There is no neutral ground on this issue.
Silence in the face of hate crimes is acquiescence. And I, for one, will not stand in silence in the face of intolerance and hatred.
We must take sides. I am standing on the side of the victims. Whose side are you on?
If we are ever to achieve true global community we must all stand up and make our voices heard. Silence in the face of intolerance is not acceptable. It is complicity.
Intolerance comes from fear and insecurity. Love is about openness and acceptance. I choose love. I choose openness. I choose acceptance.
What about you?
Listening to the current Republican presidential debates one can draw a frightening comparison to the early growth of Hilter’s Nazi Germany. The hatred, racism, bigotry and name-calling is ugly, divisive and wrong.
Such rhetoric appeals to the fear and baser instincts of the unintelligent and uneducated, but does not reflect the moral and spiritual foundation of our nation. No nation will be called great that demonstrates the values of greed, fear and zenophobia being so loudly proclaimed by the two remaining Republican candidates for the highest office in the land.
Turning a blind eye in the late 1930s led to the deaths of untold millions and a global war whose impact is still being felt. All of us need to open our eyes and see what is happening. We need to open our ears and truly listen to what is being said.
Then we need to do whatever is necessary to insure our nation doesn’t take the low road. It’s the road that leads straight to hell.
Knowing history can keep us from repeating it. Concern over the direction our country is moving is not enough. Faithfulness calls us to step up and speak out against the hate speech, racism and bigotry that is being encouraged.
Hate speech is not a Christian value. Loving others more than we love ourselves leaves no room for racism and bigotry.
Christians need to demonstrate the love of God by our acceptance and respect of those different than ourselves. And we all need to have the moral courage to speak out against the ugly rhetoric that has become a part of the current political campaigns.