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The Qualified Quest for Justice Jews, Christians and Muslims Unite Against Evildoers copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Just days ago, throughout the globe, people celebrated religious holidays. Peace on Earth and good will to all men was the palpable feeling that filled the air. Everywhere anyone turned expressions of fondness for our fellow beings could be heard. People were filled with glee. Then, suddenly, the sound that is the silent hum of joyous laughter was broken. Everything changed. Yet, indeed nothing did. The cycle of violence that has perpetually existed on this planet began again. The qualified quest for justice was once more the people's agenda. In Israel and Gaza, bombs blasted. Bullets whizzed by the heads of frantic, frightened people who sought shelter from another Mediterranean storm. Some died. Hamas was blamed for the initial attacks, this time. As had occurred on other occasions, Israel, in the name of self-defense, fought back. The roles might have been reversed and have been. Each believes the other is at fault. One force characterizes the antagonist as an occupier. Late in 2008, the people who are said to have been the provocateurs are tagged as terrorists. The monikers are interchangeable and have been for centuries. This recent barrage of words and weapons was not the first on sacred terrain. No one expects it will be the last. Apparently, today, as has been true for eons, people have accepted peace as a temporal occurrence. It is always followed by war. Pious people only pretend to honor the hallowed Commandment found in every faith, "Thou shalt not kill." In truth, on some principle not evident in scriptures, the Bible, the Qur'an, or other religious teaching, humans conclude all men and Not created equal. For the wise, the worthy, the wondrous creatures who believe all beings are created...
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I Have a Dream Obama's Hopeful Economic Speech copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org I have a dream. I dream of a day when Americans will separate themselves from a difficult past. I dream of a time when partisan politics will not divide us. In my dream, I see a nation united; one in which Black children, white, Brown, yellow, and red offspring, people of any race, color, or creed will rise above their own imagined limits. It is more than my hope, it is my vision that together, we as a nation can give birth to what others think unbelievable. I have faith that my fellow man and I can give birth to what was not thought possible. We can restore what was once good, and build what will be better. Old habits need not challenge us. These can be the catalyst for deep and authentic change. We need only begin. I have a dream. We will come together to construct the country our forefathers conceived of. The time for internal strife has passed. We must join as one to create a culture that cares. In a twenty-first century, we must not repeat the errors of the past. We must recognize there are jobs to expand, an infrastructure to install and strengthen, a fiscal system to fix, a health care structure to heal, and most importantly children to teach well. I have a dream. If we employ thoughtful policies, we will all be empowered. I aspire to be one among many in a community respectful of our environment. I yearn to green our homes, and clean our streets. I trust, if we invest in our infrastructure, stable careers will come. Jobs will continue into perpetuity if we do as we desire. I have a dream. Collectively, we can ensure that we will...

A being that believes . . . "thinking is the best way to travel!" [Mike Pinder, Moody Blues]

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