Dear Mr. Moskos,
History has lessons for us. Violence begets violence. Murdering people
has never stopped people from murdering people. Beating people will
not stop people from beating people. Abrahamic traditions agree the
greatest commandment is love. Loving your neighbor as you would
be loved, is the sum of wisdom. There is no defense for rape, torture,
brutality, or murder. Courage is the cure for fear, and faith is the bridge
to freedom. A sad and cowardly surrender to violence, war, hatred
and cruelty... is foolish, imprudent, criminal behavior which must
not be condoned, ignored, or embraced. We can do better.
Torture and brutality are slippery slopes toward rape, murder,
perversity, and chaos. Fortunately, most people understand the
difference between crude violence and creative reconciliation.
We can all get along without wallowing in the gutter with criminals.
Judicial homicide and torture are illegal, immoral, and ineffective.
This is why all civilized nations have rejected capital
punishment and torture. Perhaps if we join them we can
all get along and build bridges to a better tomorrow.
Those who encourage violence are part of the problem.
If we want creative social change and a better future for
our children, we will work together for peace, justice,
Values, principles, and truth matter. Those who embrace
violence are wrestling with their own personal demons
in a match they are destined to lose. With love, we can
make a difference. And our future may hang in the balance.
When we choose to ignore history, we are doomed to repeat it.
love always, Tim
Timothy Martin Flangan, editor of The Portland Alliance,
"Speaking Truth to Power for 30 Years."
Box 14162, Portland, Oregon 97293-0162
Phone: (503)-327-8377 Fax: (503)-327-8949