Tag Archives: silence

history’s simple test

Yup.

Donald Trump’s actions, and the attitudes behind them, are not normal for a leader of the free world. We all know that.

To remain silent in the face of such blatant lying, constant bullying, and morally disgusting racism is the same class of cowardice that allowed Adolf Hitler to come into power. The issue is not about party politics. It is far larger and far more consequential.

The issue is about basic human decency. The issue is about moral integrity. Are we going to allow such radical hate to continue destroying what our nation has always represented, or are we going to stand up and speak out in resistance to the clear destruction of our values?

As Mr. Rather states, history will judge us. The test is not difficult, but it requires us to act now. I have already answered. I will not be silent and I will not be complicit. I will resist. What about you?

 

birds of a feather

Too bad Trump is not as smart as he thinks he is.

It’s not fake news that dictators and totalitarian leaders throughout history have recognized the need to silence those who tell the truth. An honest media always poses the biggest threat to those who would misuse power.

The first step in controlling that media is to discredit it. I find it fascinating that we never heard of fake news until we got a fake leader. Coincidence? I think not.

Who are we to believe? The Liar-in-Chief is pathologically unable to tell the truth and changes his story every other day in spite of video evidence to the contrary. On the other side is the free press.

As for me, I am sticking with, and standing up for a free press. Their credibility has stood the test of time, and a free press is our best defense available against scoundrels, thieves and dictators like all those listed above. And right now, we need the best defense we can get.

thinking of freedom

4th of july quotes

I am celebrating the Fourth this year while in London. I’ve been away from the US a number of times on the Fourth of July, and I am always struck by the influence our independence and love of freedom has made on the rest of the world.

This year, however, I think it is a good day to ponder how we are now squandering the sacrifices of so many who gave their all that we could be an example of all that is good and right. I truly love my country. Yet, I have never feared for her as I do today. We stand by in abject silence as the true values of our great nation are being extinguished one by one.

in the face of evil

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote. The book, Bonhoeffer, is one of the best not fiction books I have ever read. He was an amazing man with divine perception:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has long been my favorite theologian. From the first time I encountered The Cost of Discipleship at Duke Divinity School I have resonated with his inability to accept the ever-popular theology of”cheap grace,” and the call of Jesus to “come and die.”

Bonhoeffer lived, and ultimately died by that theology. He refused to be silent in the face of evil. He spoke out against evil. He acted against evil. He answered the call of Jesus, and he was martyred because of it.

My prayer is that more of us today would demonstrate our faithfulness to the Gospel and follow in Bonhoeffer’s footsteps. We see the face of evil. We just need to act.

calling a spade a spade

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In a world of political correctness and the rule of respectability above faithfulness and doing what is right, there are far too many who do not want to hear criticism of our leadership. Isn’t this what helped folks like Hitler rise to power?

The #BLOTUS is not fit to be the leader of the free world. Dan Rather has put it perfectly. It’s time for all of us to call a spade a spade and stop normalizing our current situation. The United States needs a real leader, one who realizes that the world doesn’t revolve around his rants and lies..

forging bridges of empathy

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Sara Nović, author of Girl at War

“Writing is always a political act, but I expect that will become even more explicit in light of the Trump administration-to-be’s well-documented animosity toward the academy and journalistic practice. Now, more than ever, writing and art is critical for its capacity to educate, transport, and forge bridges of empathy. But we are beyond business-as-usual, and art alone is not enough to induce the mass cultural and political change this country now needs. Writers must now use any public voice we have to push that change forward and be on the front lines in protecting and amplifying the voices of vulnerable populations. Elie Wiesel said it best, I think: ‘Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim … Sometimes we must interfere.’”

As I continue to grapple with the present reality I am encouraged knowing that we have the power to speak out and make our voices heard. We have an awesome responsibility, a moral responsibility, to make sure we “forge bridges of empathy” with those most vulnerable under the new leadership of our country.

As I wrote in an earlier post this week, “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.”