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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Remembering Rachel

Today is the sixth anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie. On a Sunday in 2003, Rachel was volunteering in Rafah, Palestine for the International Solidarity Movement and was trying to prevent the Israeli Army from bulldozing the home of a Palestinian civilian. The operator of the Caterpillar intentionally drove his machine over her, ending her relatively short but meaningful life. Rachel was in her 24th year of life, a life that impacted all who knew her.
As a pacifist, I do not condone any acts of violence. Both sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict are guilty of committing acts of terror on each other and civilians on both sides have suffered. Israel has been given a free pass for far too long and we do our strongest Middle East ally no favors by ignoring her acts against the population of Palestine. Now, more than ever, our government needs to intervene and bring about a diplomatically inspired peace to that region.
I felt no regret recently when Caterpillar announced economically forced closing. I feel terrible for those who may have lost their jobs but not for the company that has made a living selling equipment to Israel which has been used to murder scores of innocent Palestinians. Even though we went to York, PA and picketed them, it seemed like a hollow activity that fell on deaf ears.
We need to stand together and proclaim that Rachel Corrie did not die in vain, that the ways of peace cannot be overcome by those who chose the alternate path. Let us never forget the witness of those like Rachel who have given their lives in the cause of peace and justice. Do something today. It is not to late.


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