Hate: How do we over come it?

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Hate: How do we over come it?

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

    Hatred has escalated in the last few years around the world. The problem with hate is that it begets hate. If we are to return evil for evil, then we will receive evil. This is why the Bible says the following:

Zechariah 8: 16-17

These are the things that ye shall do: speak ye every man the truth with his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates; and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith Jehovah.

Matthew 5:43 – 48 

     43“You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Two weeks ago we started the poll which asked who is the most hated man in the world? I expected that after the recent bombings that Bin Laden would be named, but by 73% Mr. Bush is earning the title. I understand that reasons for this, but fear that we will lose our focus if hate is allowed to blind us. We can be angry at injustices without letting them change us into hateful people.

   For years the hateful rights has attack Liberals with lie after lie. If they could not beat our ideas they would try to smear our characters. I fear that if in fighting back we become as hateful as them that will lose our soul as a movement. If we are to stand strong for Liberty, Justice, and Equality we must be true to our holy calling.

   I know when I have been wronged in the past I had to wrestle with the emotion of hate and anger. I had to fight the temptation to seek revenge and fight to forgive. With time I was able to forgive, but how many people choose not to ever forgive?

   If we as a Nation lose the essence which makes us Americans we will lose our mission in the world. There was a time when the world looked to America a bright shining light in a dark world. Many are now questioning how to look at us and others are sure that we are the ones putting out the light. Rep. Tom Tancredo gave a hate filled response which made many see us as agents of the Devil.

Top U.S. and Turkish officials yesterday condemned comments made last week by Rep. Tom Tancredo that the United States could “take out” Islamic holy sites if there was a nuclear attack on the United States by Muslim fundamentalists.

The Colorado Republican refused to apologize yesterday, saying his comments had been taken out of context.

On Friday, Tancredo was asked by a radio talk-show host how the United States should respond if terrorists struck several of its cities with nuclear weapons.

“Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites,” Tancredo answered.  Click here to read more.

   As the fight for freedom in our own country intensifies with a greater divide of political alliance hate is working its way through the nation. My question is how do we handle this emotion? If any of the stories below were to have happened to you, how would you respond? Would you have the same type of response as Tom Tancredo?

   The investigation revealed the three victims of the assault, two white males and one white female, complained of being victims of a hate crime and being assaulted by white supremacist.
   The victims, who were believed by the suspects to be non-white or Hispanic because of one of their tattoos, said the suspects yelled, “White Power” just before the assaulting them with their hands and feet causing injury.  One of the victims received major injuries including severe swelling and
bruising to his face, fractured bones in his face, and a broken nose. The victim was treated and released at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The other two victims complained of pain and were not treated. Read more

Teen charged in hate crime
Newsday, NY – 8 hours agoThe boy, who was about 14 at the time, was not identified because he was charged as a juvenile, said Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks of the Hate Crimes Bureau.

Rise in hate crimes against Muslims after attacks
Peninsula On-line, Qatar – Jul 10, 2005
Police said one person was assaulted and seriously injured in London in what they described as a hate crime, and Muslims reported attacks on several mosques.

Hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims up in '04
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX – Jul 12, 2005
Reported hate crimes in Texas dropped to the lowest level since 1999 last year, but offenses against Arabs and Muslims increased slightly, a state Department