I will admit that when it comes to President George W. Bush I would rather pull out all of my toe nails than listen to him continue to lie to the American people. (Sit down and shut up.) Unfortunately, I passed by the TV this morning and heard the words, "ideology of hatred and despair". I asked out loud, "Is he talking about the Republican Party?" Of course, King George was talking about the extremists within the Islamic community.
In retrospect, I was unfair to the Republican Party to suggest that the Party's Platform (of beliefs and goals) was that awful. Just parts of it..... However, every extremist arguably may be guilty of promoting hate and despair or enabling others to allow it to continue. I understand this and wish that most everyone else would be able to step back from their dogmatic beliefs and look at how others see them. The anti-gay and anti-choice folks don't get it. Either directly or indirectly, they promote hate and despair. Hate the gay. Hate their unnatural yearnings to have some sort of family. Hate the women and anyone else that would allow women the right to determine their own reproductive health care (and futures). And, despair all you sinners because God hates you.
The concept of "hate the sin, but love the sinner" is not embraced by extremists. Neither do the Christian extremists and Christians seem to understand that we have the right to disagree with them. My way or the highway...... Heaven or hell. Does that sound familiar? (Stay the course.....)
Crap. I'm not going to continue to preach to the choir here. Hatred. Despair. I just don't want to live it that world....