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The Right to (Not) Bear Arms

In 1925, Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf wrote "Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see Paradise as Hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as Paradise." At the same time, George Orwell was writing about the Thoughtpolice and Big Brother. Today, we are living in the best of both worlds, it would seem.

While 95% of the world's religion practicing deity-fearing population is comprised of peace-loving, gentle and compassionate beings, it is apparent that it is the remaining five percent is interested in propagating war and distrust, a hostility for "the Other." In many cases, this religious fanaticism has consumed the leadership of nation-states, including the Disunited Estates of ShameriKKKa. As Baptist churches are being burned down on a daily basis in Alabama, Dutch embassies throughout the world are present subject to mass protests and firestorms of unrest instigated by cartoons depicting Muhammad as a terrorist.

The time for change, particularly in terms of perspective, is upon us. Think of it, this way- In consideration of the recent conviction of several Catholic priests for sexually assaulting minors, the Catholic Church has announced that Jesus Christ was a full-fledged child molester. For those of us that have read The DaVinci Code, expect to be sent to Hell in a wheelbarrow. It is simple to see how the perception of Truth becomes distorted in the mirror reflection of The Other.

As the Iraq Coalition Casualties quickly nears the numbers lost in the September Eleventh tragedy, the time for recollection, and reconciliation becomes of supreme importance. It is time that the ninety-five percent of the world to stand up and stop the hostility and hatred that fuels the continual unrest between belief systems. It is time for the human race to turn to each other with understanding, compassion and respect. The time has come for us to gather together as one race (after all, differentiating race is a social construct) and resolve our differences and celebrate our similarities.

We live together in this backlash of fear, cloistered in our belief systems and afraid of our own shadows. On a daily basis, we suffer through the repercussions and reverberations of witnessing the continual unrest and propaganda-based fabrications of war. While it may be too late for the fanatically religious warmongers and terrorists to understand a world that thrives on peace and understanding, it is in the better interest of Humanity to retain a firm grip on our collective unity. To put it simply, knowledge is power, and understanding is divine.

Ask yourself, instead of what makes you different from your neighbors, what you have in common. Bake an American pie and take it next door to your neighbors. Possibly, they will share some of their stone soup, instead of casting those same stones at the glass houses that we all call our home. We can only pray that our dear Mother Earth will forgive us for our digressions and, at least up until now, our bad cooking. As you are reading this missive, turn your perspective inward and ask yourself if you would like to starve on your power-corrupted selfishness and greed, or if you would prefer to break bread with your preconceived enemy of trust. I leave you with this thought from the Qur'an- "They said 'You are nothing but human beings like ourselves. The All-Merciful has not sent down anything. You are simply lying.' (Ya Sin 14-16)