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Thursday, November 23 2017 @ 06:57 am PST

Beating Hearts Matter

General NewsSeven months from my last post and I'm still struggling to find words for what I see around me.

The level of fracture in our nation is astounding. I landed in the thick of a related issue a few days early. In a moment of distraction I made a bad call related to a Confederate veterans group and flag. I was thinking about nuanced veterans' issues, but if anyone had been watching (and I pray they weren't!) it could have looked like I was saluting the Confederate flag. I felt the error almost immediately, squirmed quite a bit as the local issue escalated, and now with the escalated racial violence I'm wondering if I dare comment. But I'm going to do it anyway.

Forget black, blue, brown or white. Or even "all." Our problem as a society is that we institutionalized a sliding scale of human worth with Roe v. Wade. Several generations have grown up with the uneasy knowledge that if a baby isn't perfect or convenient or any other "choice" factor, it is acceptable for his/her life to be ended before it has barely begun. What did that teach our society?

You have the answer in the news.

I applaud the many attempts at racial reconciliation and understanding that are rising from the ashes of these recent killings. A friend of mine wrote a compelling piece about how no one really understands what it's like to be in someone else's shoes.

But "gun violence" and racial violence will rise or fall in proportion to how our nation measures human worth.

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