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Saturday morning

April 26, 2008

Isn’t it sad that as I sit here enjoying my coffee, my dogs, my peaceful neighborhood, that in places like Chicago and Iraq, others are thinking about killing or how to avoid being killed? Isn’t it sad that because of some ignorant souls with no conscience, innocent police officers and military troops must put their lives on the line again and again? Isn’t is sad that so many children, worldwide, are growing up believing that violence – deady violence – is the same as a solution, an answer?

It’s not an answer. It’s an unconscionable way for people to have to live. I don’t understand how anyone can believe that it is good to fight back, to kill. Our American society likes to use race and poverty as the excuses for violence. They are just that – excuses. America is the land of the free, the land of choice, and despite the current economic chaos, we are still the land of plenty.

Stop the violence today. Just for today. Like quitting smoking or drinking, take it a day at a time. In Chicago for today, I pray for the safety of every police officer and every resident who lives in those violent-prone areas of the city. And worldwide for today, I pray for a day of peace.

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