No Friend of Mine

10363839_10203489719434250_8455966170842127776_nI’ve just “unfriended” a man from Facebook.

This is not typical for me.  Usually, I don’t care who reads/shares on FB.  But this man, according to his profile, is a pastor in a Christian faith.   He asserts he is a pacifist, but he owns guns and promises that he will shoot anyone if necessary.  He doesn’t explain what constitutes “necessary.”  Moreover, he makes racist comments about Michele Obama being in the White House, that soon she’ll paint it black, and we should be alert against her tactics.   His other posts follow these lines of thought.

A man who does not understand the definition of pacifist, a man who declares he is religious but the “thou shall not kill” commandant doesn’t apply to him, a man who spreads hate and fear about people different than himself solely because of skin color instead of asserting that all are “children of god,” this is a man I do not want to know, to listen to, or to be connected to in any way.

The downside of “unfriending” someone such as this Christian man, is that I might forget there are bigoted, small-minded, hate-filled egoists in the world.  I want to be alert to them, because they are dangerous.

It is clear why I am not a Christian, why I am not religious, why I refuse to be a believer or to practice any religion, not Buddhism or Islam or the Jewish faith or Paganism.  Okay, yes, I am a feminist and humanist.  But that’s another story.

The tenants of Christianity and of most religions include a god who is powerful enough to give and take life.   Most religions ask members to worship and serve the god with a pious nature.  The followers are to love each other, respect the power of god, accept their own powerlessness, with a clean and gentle life as the goal.

In Christianity, this goal is reinforced by the example of Jesus, whose life Christians are asked to imitate.  As with Jews, Christians have commandants to follow, including #6,  Thou Shall Not Kill.  There is also the religious proverb from Leviticus and the book of Mark: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.  As the story goes, based on his religious faith,  Jesus let others kill him, rather than using his power to save himself, trusting that God would take care of him and of the killers.

Yet, I just saw a post, from another “friend,” showing photos of a Christian Bible and a pistol, side by side, demanding that both of these be taught in the schools of the United States of America.

How bizarre.  This person is American, but does not believe in separation of church and state.  She says she is Christian but she advocates guns, keeping them in her home, along with the baby, cats, and dogs.   She is a mother, but advocates war and killing.

She also posted a rabid indictment of Obama, showing a photo of 4 severed heads next to an Islamic executioner.  Of course these assassinations are terrible, though to blame Obama is ridiculous.  It is the one who did the killing who is responsible.  The Facebook “friend” does not show corpses from the bombings by USA planes.  It would be more logical to blame Obama for these bodies.  She doesn’t mourn with mothers in other countries when war kills their children.

Of course, she calls herself a Christian, because like the vast majority of religious leaders and followers, she rationalizes her perspectives, validating them with the stamp of the Supreme Being, without taking the time or thought — and certainly not the insightful meditation — to recognize her mean-spirit, fear and hatred.  She is the Ku Klux Klan without the sheet, but with a gun.

However, I am sure she would explain herself as righteous.  There is no need for me to reply to the post showing the pistol and Bible.   The  irony and  absurdity of the post are so extreme, that if the woman doesn’t see the contradiction between these two ideas, explaining it to her will not help open her mind.  She, like many others, hears only her own voice.  And her voice comes from a small, closed mind.  She is a Christian, and sadly, she will teach her children to be Christians of the same regressive sort.

I have “unfriended” her also.  She deserves to live her life as she wants, but I don’t have to stain my days reading her sort of poison.   I won’t forget that such perspectives as hers exist, because living outside the tenants of one’s religion, and being proud of it, is not merely her modus operandi.  It can be a Christian thing, a Jewish thing, a Muslim things, and on and on and on, throughout history.  My words, even with proof, facts, quotations, and logic, my words are not powerful enough to spread light into dark minds.

I do not assert that I am free from hate and bigotry, or from the need to dominate, control, and avenge wrongs.  But I recognize these things in myself, and work against them, not for religious reasons, but because of my personal philosophy.   I like peace, kindness, and children.  I think humans are smart enough to avoid war and poverty.  I don’t know what I will do when killers come to my door or if my loved ones are threatened.  But I know I am not playing a video game.

This life requires consciousness rather than reaction.   I believe that humans have the capability to accept and understand one another, ultimately diminishing greed and hatred.  The best I can do is stay vigilant to my own behavior, thinking and acting in ways consistent with my philosophy.  Beyond that,  I hope together we will find unimagined solutions to our own aggression.

NEW NOVEL: 100 and 5.3 Pounds

Ready to Read :  100 and 5.3 Pounds.

My new contemporary women’s fiction novel — I love it !

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What happens when the daughter of a Hollywood astrologer and an over-weight civil servant discovers she’s pregnant?  It depends on the last will and testament of a famed New York painter.

In 100 and 3.5 Pounds, a family moves farther apart geographically while getting closer emotionally.  “You’re never alone” is the theme of the novel, with twists such as a bachelorette party turning into a baby shower and assisted living turning into assisted suicide.

100 and 5.3 Pounds shows 4 generations searching for love.  They find it while calling 911, knocking before opening the door, sharing a poodle, flying cross-country, telling the hard truth, and finally, while being present at the start and the end.

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CHILDREN OF EVE

Not everyone likes poetry.  But if you do, or if you want to give it a try, take a look at my collection CHILDREN OF EVE.

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The poems in CHILDREN OF EVE range from edgy to funny to angry, always sexy and beautiful.  One poem is in pentameter and the next is rap lyrics, and then the next is a haiku or a rant with word play.  It doesn’t matter if you know the form — you’ll get it, you’ll like it, you’ll understand.

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HOGAN THE HORSE BEDTIME STORIES

hogan cover2 - CopieMy new children’s book HOGAN THE HORSE BEDTIME TALES contains 15 stories and drawings of Hogan, the horse with orange wings.  He takes Drew on adventures, like dancing on Broadway, flying a kite in Florida, singing on the subway, meeting seahorses, and calming dragons.  While you read the stories, you can share the book’s songs with your kids too.

You can find this ebook on Amazon or Barnes & Noble:

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Here’s a sample from my novel THE LONG WAY HOME:Long Way Home cover

            D’Ross took a deep breath like he was going to jump feet first into a pond of cold water.  Then he said, “That’s when I took her on my horse and we… “   Here the heavy boy fluttered his meaty hand in the air.  “You know… we…”  There was the flutter again.  “Back in the woods.”

            Turkey listened to the gasps go through the room.  “Are you telling me, that Verna Ware, the very first time she ever met you, spent intimate time with you?  Is that what you are unable to say, when you do this?”  The lawyer fluttered his own hand in the air, a touch a drama he liked.

            D’Ross answered, “Yep.”  He was starting to enjoy being the center of all the hub-bub and whispers.  “And Abe too.”

            Turkey spun around with his mouth open to look at the pretty young lady standing between her father and her brother at the back of the courtroom, and he asked, “Did you say Abe Finney also had relations with Verna Ware?  That same day?”

            Not a person in the jury was breathing, waiting for the paunchy young man to answer.  D’Ross started to smile and flutter his hand, thinking that would make everyone laugh again.   And then his body jerked right.  A loud crack sounded, filling the air with a roar and smoke, and D’Ross fell out of the witness chair.  The sound repeated, just as loud, louder, and everyone was jumping up or flattening out on the floor.

          

THE LONG WAY HOME is book-club women’s fiction about the first paternity suit filed in frontier Texas in 1908.  A father ends up in court, with a judgment as independent as the Wild West, affecting 4 generations of the Ware family.  The themes of gun ownership and women’s choice are central to the story.

If you haven’t read my work yet, all six books are now avaiable through Nook with Barnes & Noble, as well as on Amazon.  Curl up indoors on a cool evening, and start with THE LONG WAY HOME.

I’ll connect you to my other 5 books in the coming weeks.  For now, enjoy THE LONG WAY HOME.

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