Watching the news has been disturbing during this season when we really want to believe in peace on earth and goodwill toward mankind.
Add to the bad news some ugly politics and I have lost my smile. The grinchiness and all its sourness is reaching across all aisles and is doing its best to ruin our holidays.
Analysis of the latest mass shooting continues with no solution and no resolution. Radicalization brings violence around the world. A leading politician calls for walls, roundups, and exclusion of those trying to escape the ISIS violence, as if just being a Muslim is the same thing as being radical. All the hate spewed by this radical and racist position has boosted the pole numbers of the Most Radical candidate. To me it looks like an ingredient for creating radicals.
I have seen reports of the Muslim community coming out against the violence, but it doesn’t get nearly the press that the violence itself gets, and many don’t even seem to be aware, as proved by discussions with those in my circle prove. Muslim’s themselves are the major target of the ISIS violence.
My small voice doesn’t seem like much of a weapon against this hate. My one vote doesn’t seem like it can make much difference. Discussions with those in my circle don’t seem to change any minds and leave me feeling ineffective.
A friend suggested I was letting terrorists (or maybe politicians) win by giving up on my blog. I may withdraw at times, but I think I will try to hang in here.