Letting Go of Hate

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The Middle East is a complicated puzzle

Britain and France took control of the provinces of the Turkish Empire in the Levant and Iraq, and divided up the map, creating territories disunited by any national identity. At the same time, the Zionists were settling in the Palestinian territory, culminating with nationhood for Israel in 1948. Eisenhower had the right idea condemning the joint British, French, and Israeli against Egypt In the 1957 Suez war. In 1967, Israel's success in the 6 Day War led to the disputes over the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. While in more recent years Israel's continually building settlements for former Eastern European Jews in the West Bank led to an Apartheid situation. Although Israel's aggression here was worthy of condemnation, the Arab states' refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist prologs the stasis. The late U.S. CIA Director Allen Dulles' assertion "The Jews and the Arabs need to settle their disputes like Good Christians," while an awkward malapropism, pointed the way out. Alas, it was not to be. Foreign aid needs to be tied to peace. And of course, American right-wing forces have tried to wreak havoc with their unlimited pro-Israeli stance, so severe that former Israeli PM, in taking aggression against Palestinians, made his first diplomatic call not to the then President Ronald Reagan, but instead to the segregationist moral scold Rev. Jerry Falwell, a slight which left no doubt who was driving American policy in the region.

George Nixon Shuler more than 2 years ago

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Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.


"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

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