Monday, August 21, 2017

Stop the hate!

I'm sorry but I have to digress from my normal posts to post something that I just don't understand.  How can you hate someone for the color of their skin or the religion they profess?  I just don't get it. I can see disliking someone based on their actions towards you, but to just hate someone for the way they look is just wrong!

I had the TV on over the weekend and some news report was doing a bit of "in depth" reporting on the recent violence and they were interviewing a young couple in Virginia and the interviewer asked the woman point blank if she believed that Jews and blacks should be killed because they are Jews and Black.  her response haunts me.

As she stood there with one young child in her arms and another playing near her feet, she flat out said "yes, they need to be killed."  I couldn't believe I heard it correctly so I rewound (the beauty of having a DVR) and replayed the question and answer and that is what she said. I was and am dumbfounded.  Not only does she have this belief but she is obviously teaching it to her children from a very young age.

I had hoped that they would follow up with other questions to get to the reasons she had for this belief but of course being a news program after ratings, they left it at that.  What is scary to me is how easily she was able to say they should all be killed.

I will confess that I am not a religious scholar , but I have looked into the beliefs of several of the world's major religions and from what I have seen, at their heart, they all have a message of love and I cannot reconcile that with the hatred that so many groups profess int eh name of religion.  I was brought up as a christian and no where in the teachings have I seen where we should kill.  In fact it is one of the 10 commandments that we should not kill.

How can we get people to stop hating others?  What can we do to promote unity and tolerance?  I just don't know.  One thing I do know is that we certainly need to find that answer before we wind up killing ourselves off.