Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Mongers and Mothers

Earlier today, this Jerry Falwell quote was passed to Kos from a reader:

"Throughout the book of Judges,

God calls the Israelites to go to war against the Midianites and Philistines.

Why?

Because these nations were trying to conquer Israel,

and God's people were called to defend themselves.

President Bush declared war in Iraq to defend innocent people.

This is a worthy pursuit.

In fact, Proverbs 21:15 tells us:

"It is joy to the just to do judgment:

but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity."

One of the primary purposes of the church is to stop the spread of evil,

even at the cost of human lives.

If we do not stop the spread of evil,

many innocent lives will be lost and the kingdom of God suffers."

Now, I'm not going to argue with a tele-evangelist,

but he apparently didn't get to the New Testament

or if he did, he must have missed the part where Jesus said,

Resist not Evil.


Then, the idea that Mothers Day was originally meant to be dedicated to Peace was sent by a reader of Earthfamilyalpha.

Julia Ward Howe ,the author of the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, made the first known suggestion for a Mother's Day in the United States in 1872. She suggested that people observe a Mother's Day on June 2 as a day dedicated to peace. She had seen some of the worst effects of the war -- not just the death and disease which killed and maimed the soldiers. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle.

She also saw the economic devastation of the Civil War, the economic crises that followed the war, the restructuring of the economies of both North and South. For several years, she held an annual Mother's Day meeting in Boston.

Here is her "Proclamation" for the day:

"Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise all women who have hearts,

whether your baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly:

"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,

"Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage,

for caresses and applause.

"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all

that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.

"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country

to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devasted earth a voice goes up with our own.

It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!

Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil

at the summons of war,

let women now leave all that may be left of home

for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other

as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace,

And each bearing after her own time the sacred impress,

not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity,

I earnestly ask that a general congress of women

without limit of nationality,

may be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient.

And the earliest period consistent with its objects,

To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,

The amicable settlement of international questions,

The great and general interests of peace. "


So who are you going to believe?

A TV preacher or a pop song writer?


Over fourty years later,

Woodrow Wilson signed the declaration creating Mothers Day.

Hallmark bought the day some 50 years later

in their merger buyout of Valentine's Day.



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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is, "Right On, Julia," Those are powerful and eloquent words.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And from here in Georgia you can feel "Bubba" waiting for the South to rise again. The rebel flags still fly and the pickup trucks have gun racks. "God wills it!" and excomincate the Democrats.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice juxtaposition

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah but that televangelist is seriously influencing conservative preachers who are getting nuttier by the day.

8:54 AM  
Blogger hopstarr said...

Closer to home, one of the best kept secrets in Texas History is the Fredericksburg Peace Treaty. It turned 158 years old yesterday. It is perhaps the only unbroken treaty in the US. But then it wasn't a treaty made by 'irrelevant government agencies'. It was a treaty made by PEOPLE between the people of Fredericksburg and the Comanche people.

John O. Meusebach rode into Comanche territory with a party of forty to make contact with the Comanches and negotiate a treaty. The cruix of the matter reads something akin to the Sumurai code: Your enemies are my enemies and my friends are your friends. In the speeches made during the negotiations (documented in 'Roemer's Texas') Meusebach said,"...it may happen that some will want to intermarry. Soon our young warriors will speak your language and, if they are so inclined [to marry]...I know of no objections. As a result our people and your people will become better friends."

The principal peace chief, Old Owl replied, "...But there is one thing which does not please my heart...the people that call themselves Texans wish to draw a line of distinction between us..."

Meuesbach answered, "If [others} wish to draw a line of distinction, let them do so. We shall not see the distinction because we are brothers and wish to live together as brothers."

The treaty was signed in Fredericksburg and the cornerstone to the Vereins Kirche, or Society Church was set at the same time "...and the Indians as a body, men and women, took part in the ceremony during the evening with their dances."

My point? At a time when Catholics and Protestants were killing each other in Germany, a group of them come to Texas, march out into the wilderness and get face-to-face with 'the most feared savages on the Southern Plains', not only make friends but establish a relationship that has endured generations and build an all-denominational church (where a Lutheran administerd the Catholics for the first two years until a Catholic priest could be found). Is this not a most worthy example of what human kind is capable of? And why is it discounted and largely ignored by history?

Oh yeah, and this is where I shamelessly plug the Fredericksburg Pow-wow this coming Friday and Saturday nights...come celebrate Freundschft und Frieden with us.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Catalina said...

The Tarnas piece, I'm sure he meant well but... sometimes when someone tries to say everything they end up saying almost nothing at all... Maybe he is looking for an explanation he should be listening for... Now that Julia Ward Howe, she is precise. What an anonymous hero-ette. And Gawd Bless Jerry and all his little Enemies.

I recently went to little Janie Fonda's book signing (she is little). She gave a talk and when I got up there for her to sign my book I said, 'the balance in the world will not be restored until women take their rightful place in it.' Of course I was wrong. There has never been balance in the world of humanity, just alot of evolutionary 'fits and starts'. But she knew what I was saying and looked up, into my eyes and said, "take my hand" and I did and she said, "that is our prayer." (And I agreed and I felt so cool at that moment... ja!) What we were in agreement about was that what we need to teach ourselves (either sex) is self-validation. What would happen if we were at peace with ourselves?

Okay so You guys need to do whatever it is you guys need to do to stop all your self-driven suffering. Whatever.... meanwhile, women need to take their places. There will be no invitations, no coat thrown over the mud puddles. 50% of every political seat should be sat in by a female derrier. This is balance. The misguided 70's uni-sex feminism needs replacement. P'raps with the 'Neo-Feminist' -chortle..(I almost don't mind Limbald's 'feminazi' image). When women seek their validation from men, you get Condi Rice types. I would like to see proof that she has eggs. I have doubts. Women carry creation. It is not our nature to resolve disputes through killing. This I know.

"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary-- the evil it does is permanent." Gandhi

11:12 AM  
Blogger hopstarr said...

Two people sitting on opposite ends of a teter-toter is not balance. Those two people coming together in the middle of the teter-toter at the balancing point, THEN balance is achieved...

11:40 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

what thoughtful and well considered comments. Thanks to Catalina and Hopstar especially.

12:21 PM  

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