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What connects McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber to Thomas Jefferson? Jefferson believed that each individual has “certain inalienable rights”. That is, these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away. It is the right of “liberty” on which Jefferson is most notable for expounding. But what was his remark concerning the Shays Rebellion after he had heard of the bloodshed? Jefferson wrote to William Smith, John Adams’s son-in-law, “What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Several anti-government groups have pointed to these words of his to justify their violence. Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt when arrested bearing the words, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Do you think the reputation of  Thomas Jefferson suffers because a bloody murderer like Timothy McVeigh had plastered the quote on his t-shirt? Merely because blatant injustice has been done on the earth in the name of God by some rogues and butchers ( and they also quote appropriate verses from their ‘holy books’,) Is God dead or has He become irrelevant?

benny

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Title:An eye for an eye…’ quote from Mahatma Gandhi
‘The horrendous events of the past few weeks have been foremost in our minds over the last few weeks…The disproportionately brutal attack on
Palestinians in Gaza is a humanitarian disaster affecting defenseless
schoolchildren and civilians and undertaken taken in  the name of
self-defense?. It is obvious that Israel has turned into a rogue
state impervious to the suffering of  innocents, aided  and abetted by
the Bush administration… The British government’s position
under Gordon Brown  is even more pathetic and the less said about it
the better.

How can we sit back and allow our Government under Brown to remain
silent onlookers while  other countries in Europe and Asia are making
faint noises  to bring this brutality to a close? What are the Quakers
who profess non-violence and peace doing about this tragic situation ?
Will it again be ‘useless marches’ alone to Number 10 as it was
against the Iraq invasion and the elusive WMD?

Who will speak for us if we don’t speak for our brethren? We should
make no distinction between brethren in Israel or Gaza or Iraq or Iran
or the United State or the United Kingdom. This inaction by us in the
United Kingdom and other parts of the world is tantamount to us
colluding with terrorists (in the literal sense of this word)?… Are we again taking on  the accustomed role of the American poodle?

This massacre should stop and we should help to do so.  What can we do
as individuals? We can of course join protests, vigils and
demonstrations in the true Gandhian mould. We can join  groups  engaged
in mounting an economic boycott of Israel. We can write letters to our
MPs and other politicians.  We, i.e., those of us who profess to be
academics, can support and join in an academic boycott. For example,
you may wish to write an Open Letter to the director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Professor Paul Webley, who have decided to  celebrate the foundation  of Te Aviv  by initiating a lecure series shortly.

Many years ago as a student at Leicester I (George) met two remarkable Palestinians from Gaza who became in time good friends. Unfortunately, I  have lost contact with them. After hearing their experiences, I made a vow to myself that I would never go to Israel (the other country was South Africa under
Apartheid) until the Palestinians were allowed into their own country.
I have kept that promise despite some invitations in recent years to
lecture there.

For someone who comes from Kerala which offered  sanctuary to a number of groups and religions (including Jews), it has  been a source of great puzzle  the extent to which European guilt complex has played such an important part in pandering  to the Zionists and providing them with material and military support. The word ‘holocaust’ is sufficient to silence any doubts or reservations.  But of course, we are told by better informed friends that there are  more substantial reasons for the continuing support that Israel as a state enjoys from the United States and other Western powers…’
The above letter was sent to me by a friend of mine and it speaks for itself.
benny

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In my opinion every inspiration that tends to do good and in its onward progression leaves room for more good than ill is from Holy Spirit. Being a Christian of course I ascribe this pulse that animates every living thing,- for example maternal instinct of a rodent is no less set off by it than altruistic motive in us, as holy and an aspect of godhead. What is in a name, folks? Holy Spirit is wisdom in its exposition whether in secular or any other context. Thus every life form has something to contribute for the whole.
Natural selection is the way Nature follows the dictates of the Holy Spirit. Think of Nature like a roulette wheel and it is the Holy Spirit that gives it a spin. Of course it is a continuous motion: God has set it in operation and only God can command ‘halt’.
Holy Spirit as Inspiration. Under its influence St. Peter could discern Jesus of Nazareth was Christ, the Son of God. What did Jesus say to a revelation that he never did divulge to him? ‘Blessed art thou,…for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.’(St. Mat 16:15—17)
God’s intent is put into operation though the agency of the Holy Spirit. That office was very much evident while God set out to bring order out of chaos. In the first chapter we read God commanded waters under the heavens to come together to form Seas. It was so.(vs.7) The Spirit of God moved through the face of the waters. Of this we read in so many details in the chapter 2. Evolution of the earth from chaos to order meant every atom in our material world was sensitized and had caught the glory of His spirit. Thus if at quantum level fundamental particles should behave in a certain mode and in macrocosmos in another it still follows an order that was received at the Creation Day.
‘There went up a mist from the earth,…’ The waters had seen the glory of God and it made no difference if there were waters separated by the introduction of a firmament. (The earth and the fullness thereof belongs to God.) If matter can thus be inspired to create conditions for life how much more man who is the very image of God?
benny

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