As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the United States, we are faced with the questions of antiquity that have bothered and constrained humankind: Do we still judge people by color?
Do we still prefer violence over getting along with each other and the world?
It is possible in any way to reclaim our tainted and lost humanity?
I wish those in the churches and the mosques and the community living rooms and the religious leaders would stand up to the politicians and say, “Don’t go to war in God’s name.
Don’t ask for our prayers to cover your bloodshed.
Don’t seek our religious protection for your unholy political wars.
Don’t ask for our faith votes in the polling place. Leave religion out of your killing fields.”
That kind of religious rebellion against the politicians would remove the brush cover from political fanatics who pretend they are doing God’s work in the fields of war by killing those who are of darker skin and lesser opportunity than those wielding the staff and the cross.
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