No pretty pictures today folks. The news is horrible and getting worse.

Attacks on women everywhere in the world. And why is that? Don’t women sustain babies, give birth, feed and nurture the children of the world? Or have I awakened into an alternate universe?

Women attacked in Colombia, South America with acid thrown in their faces is on the increase. If we thought those men in India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh crazy, now we can add this country much closer to our home in the U.S.

How can anyone treat another human this way? Oh easily done. No matter that this is an attack on human dignity making the woman wish to die. This is not a bullet, but equally harmful. Hate, revenge, intolerance, what is the root? Why do men have so little value for the women in their lives?

Attacking women through their little children seems to be another perversion against humanity. This morning’s news relates that the largest worldwide network of child abusers has been found and participating men are being arrested. Well their arrests are great, but why are they seeing little children as objects of their lust, or again humans are objects of no value?

In the U.S. mostly men attacking women’s rights to make health care decisions. Oh they base it on ideological and religious reasoning, but really, can you imagine treating someone you love and respect as though they are unworthy of; a) making a decision about their bodies by themselves, and b) doing so without help from legislators or so-called religious folks.

What’s up with men today? Is your ideological and/or religious beliefs more important than treating others with dignity, value, kindness and care?

I want to resign and wake up into a world of people who care. Can that be done?

Monday afternoon, 13 Sept. 2010
There was an article called “The Myths of Vegetarianism,” by Stephen Byrnes. Then there was a response by author John Robbins (The Food Revolution). Here’s what Robbins wrote: “The article is harshly critical of vegetarian diets and concludes with an About the Author section which states, ‘Stephen Byrnes… enjoys robust health on a diet that includes butter, cream, eggs, meat, whole milk, dairy products and offal.’ In fact, Stephen Byrnes suffered a fatal stroke in June, 2004. According to reports of his death, he had yet to reach his 40th birthday.” [Courtesy of http://www.care2.com]how
This is one example of how some people’s minds work; don’t tolerate what you don’t understand or what offends you, or scares you, or… Some may say Byrnes’ death had nothing to do with his diet. Some may say Robbins made a big deal without evidence. Must people try to influence the thoughts and beliefs of others based on their own outlook?
The big controversy over the Muslim prayer and social hall in NYC surprises me again and again. There was a Muslim prayer space in the South Tower of the WTC. There are two more currently existing within something like 12 blocks of the WTC site. Isn’t it possible this new building with prayer space AND classes, activities creating social intercourse might also provide opportunities for diverse people to come together, learn to like, respect each other.
What irks me most about this ongoing conversation and occasional condemnation- is that some of the negative talk is occurring in Jewish circles. We who were strangers in this land, along with Irish, German, African immigrants were treated abominably and with great derision. [photo-my maternal great-grandparents] How does this align with the melting pot image we like to portray to the world? And what happens when the world comes once again tapping at our door, asking to be let in? And our response is; No way, we don’t like the way you pray.
What’s the definition of intolerance? I’d have to answer; the public condemnation, now occurring in the land of the free and the home of the brave.