As a part of our current Awareness Campaign, we will be publishing short, informative articles that will introduce you to a number of peace and social justice issues that we face today. Please read and share!

The Basket of Hate

Basket Of Hate
” ‘I know the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong,’the boy sings near the pulpit of a
church.’Ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven.’ The congregants in the pews rise
and cheer.'”
When I first heard the young boy sing those words I tried to imagine what it must
have been like to be there at that moment, to see the pleased look on the boy’s face
as he garnered the approval of the adults around him. In that moment he learned
two enduring lessons. First, gay bashing is an approved behavior, second, hate is an
acceptable Christian response toward “others.” No matter how many “love-thy-
neighbor” Bible lessons this child hears, his adult role models have confirmed in his
mind that love is limited to a select group; those not in that group may be hated. Of
such stuff bullies are made. The church of the Prince of Peace has an ironic habit of
hiding its light under a self-weaved basket of hate. This is the face of Christianity
Gandhi must have had in mind when he said, “Everyone knows what Christ taught,
except Christians.”

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Registering to Vote

Elections are rolling around again, although to many it may seem to be a never-
ending event. The NC primary election is coming up on March 15 (Elections are
always on Tuesdays). If you want to vote in this election, you must be a registered
voter by February 19th, and starting this year, you must show a photo ID. These are
acceptable IDs… (read more about voting here)


Moral Injury

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.      Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
As a veteran of both Vietnam and Iraq I can honestly say I  never gave much thought to
the fact that I might have had to kill someone.  Fortunately, I never did. (This was before
I became a member of a Historic Peace Church). While most military personnel are not
in combative roles, our current prolonged wars and multiple deployments have created
a large segment of a generation of men and women  returning home with more than the
expected physical and psychological  injuries; many now suffer from a spiritual injury
known as Moral Injury. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the problem
of moral injury and explore resources for helping those victims. (Click here to read the full article)

 Violence: Is America the Beautiful becoming America the Brutaful?

By the time you finish reading this article gun violence will have taken another life, or two, or three, or … But, easy there NRA and Second Amendment enthusiasts, this is one peace blog where the emphasis in “gun violence” is less on the gun, and more on the violence . . . (click here to read the full article)

Income Inequality in the US

A skewed economy where average Americans don’t share in the gains produced by their labor doesn’t just hurt family balance sheets; it undermines the country’s economic growth and makes it harder for working families to get ahead. New research from the World Bank reveals that while rising income inequality may boost income growth for the rich, it actually slows income growth for the poor. A recent study released by the International Monetary Fund found that inequality undermines economic growth.
(click here to read the full article)

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