I was greatly disturbed to read the latest incident of hate crimes in our country. I’m sure you’ve all seen this on the news or read about it:From Toronto News:
A World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two
teens outside an Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Washington on Wednesday.
Police say the victim appears to have been picked at random.
Belton was sitting outside the lodge Wednesday evening where he was
waiting for a friend. The friends had planned on playing a game of pool.
received a call about an assault at 8:15 p.m. and found Belton sitting
in his car with serious head injuries. He was taken to hospital where he
died Thursday morning.
Investigators say Delton was attacked in the parking lot belonging to the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Belton was hit with large flashlights said his daughter-in-law, Bobbie Belton.
“They used those great big, heavy flashlights. The doctor said he was bleeding from all parts of his face.”
Police arrested one 16-year-old suspect on Friday morning and charged him with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder.
Authorities continue to search for another, described as a black male between the ages of 16 and 19, seen on security footage.
This has sparked another outrage on Twitter and other social sites, and well it should. It is the latest in a series of hate crimes, and what deeply bothers me is that this man was a veteran of WWII. He survived from that horrendous war only to be beaten to death by two citizens of the country he defended.
This next story is particularly disturbing. Here’s the headline from CBS News:
3 Okla. teens charged in thrill kill of Aussie baseball player
‘Sovereign citizens’ held in plot to kill Vegas cops
plotting to abduct, torture and kill Las Vegas police officers as a way
to attract attention to their anti-authority “sovereign citizens”
movement, police said.
Charles Ramsey, Ohio Man, Helped Free 3 Women Held Captive For A Decade
Ekhart Tolle in ‘A New Earth’ stated:
Beware of making it your mission to “eradicate evil,” as you are likely to turn into the very thing you are fighting against.
Deepak Chopra once stated in ‘The Return of Merlin’:
Those we love and those we hate are both mirrors of ourselves.
and from ‘The Way of the Wizard’ Deepak also stated:
To the extent you know love, you become love.
When President Obama first took office, he asked us to serve, to get involved. Many have done this, but what is more important is for us to accept all as equals, to not harm one another. Isn’t this the greatest and most important of all service?
Tweets have been asking why our president isn’t speaking on this latest issue of violence. I agree. President Obama, you stand as the model for all Americans. What are your words on the growing violence of hate crimes in our nation?
I’d Like to Teach the Earth to Sing: (thank you Coca Cola)
We are all children of the Great Creator of our Universe. We come here innocent and filled with love. So, my friends, it begins in the home where we learn to love one another and accept one another. We mustn’t forget the influence of the world on our families. Combat evil and violence with love. We must all remember who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going.
I was motivated to write ‘Always’ for this reason. I believe we are truly children of the Great Creator, that that Home is established on love and love only.
and that’s why I wrote this poem in my ‘Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect’:
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red rose was sent to me,
of lasting love decreed.
heavenly gem fair,
its scent permeate my air.
marvel from God Above,
hues awarded thereof.
of softness when caressed;
of forever if pressed.
its numerous facets splendid.
represented one part.
melded, a work of art.
God’s rosebud to me descend,
the wind it did not bend.
new birth that fell gracefully,
would live for eternity.
watched it gingerly open up,
perfectly as a cup.
frail this old soul became,
it returned from whence it came.
noticed then the difference in kind,
stately poised many, combined
array of dyes, sizes, and shapes—
others strong, a few with breaks).
unison together they stood,
hues in one neighborhood.
gazed upon them, in surprise,
mortals, I surmised.
our protected Home above,
and gentle, we arrive in love.
blossom, our selves mature,
our earth fragile and pure.
we emotionally grow,
each to each, our feelings flow.
years progress, we meet and greet
family from Heaven’s seat.
taught our morals and to belong.
those who don’t sing our song.
prejudices have begun
us from being one.
we toil, and we enslave
thoughts straight to our graves.
what that blooming rose contains—
shines and sparkles, but has no stains.
like florets, do you this see?
colors are personalities.
from budding ‘til death do strive
shells do shrivel away,
spent on earth is but one day.
then—with our old and new-found friends,
glorious Home we do wend.
Heaven’s gates we have returned.
with us the lessons we’ve learned.
no longer matter, for we,
live an eternity.
shames and blemishes are removed,
our valor each has proved.
Father awaits us there.
to loving arms that care.
in peace on the Other Side.
in God’s space we do abide.
chances we’ll have to make our fate.
love, it’s never too late.