November 14, 2015

Paris, My French Heritage and My Broken Heart

This is Paris, where people grow beautiful gardens on their rooftops because there is nowhere else to put them. It's a place full of people with a  joie de vivre that enfolds all who enter there. We hear that the French are arrogant, that they hate Americans, but that is not my experience with my beautiful Parisian friend Catherine. She is loving, kind and generous, and although she has become an American citizen, she is still distinctly Parisian.

Many of my ancestors on both sides of my family were French Huguenots, protestants who came to this country to escape persecution and murder by the French Catholic church. Although much diluted through the centuries, French blood still runs through my veins. So I was devastated by the bombings in Paris. I actually screamed and cried, just like I did when the churchgoers were murdered in Charleston, SC -- the home of my Huguenot ancestry in this country.

I don't understand the level of hatred that exists in the world today. I don't understand religious hatred at all. I can't even fathom a religion whose God wants people to go out and kill innocents simply because they do not believe as the murderers do. I know many Muslims, and I can tell you right now that not one of them believes this. NOT ONE.

Just like most Christians don't believe in bombing people and burning churches. 

I was thinking today about how the American Christian right keeps saying there is a "war on Christianity" in this country, simply because we say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. How can they not realize that any time you use the word "war," you are inciting people to violence?

Look long and hard at ISIS, people. THIS is what your "war on Christianity" would look like, if there actually was one, which there isn't. Are you willing to murder thousands of innocent people because someone doesn't believe in Jesus? If you are, you are insane. If you aren't, JUST STOP CALLING IT A WAR! The war is in your head, probably put there by idiots on fake "news" channels like Fox and so-called "pundits" like the disgusting Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck who espouse hatred every day. It's born of radicalized preachers who twist the words of the Bible and tell you what the gospel means. It breaks my heart to see you willingly being led so astray.

Why can't you see what they are doing to you? You are shocked by Americans being radicalized by Islam, but you aren't shocked when one of your own is so radicalized that he blows up or burns down a church or murders an abortion doctor like they did my cousin? Yes, my family is a victim of your "war on Christianity," but it wasn't ISIS or Al Quaeda who killed my cousin, it was YOU...the so-called Christians who swear we are trying to destroy you.

SOMEWHERE, JESUS IS CRYING. He didn't teach this. He doesn't want this.

YOU ARE NOT IDIOTS! You know right from wrong. Stop letting other people tell you what's in the Bible. Stop letting them interpret those words for you. Read it yourself and interpret it with love in your heart. You can start here:

Matthew 721st Century King James Version (KJ21) 
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. 
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, ‘Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye,’ and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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