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individually endowed to control
their own lives and bodies. However, this hasn't
stopped women's rights advocates from using
foul language to describe their political opponents.
(That ain't right either!)
And while such language is nothing
new in Texas politics, every side needs to remember
to not let it escalate out of control but to
find new approaches to educate and win over
politicians "on the other side".
Perhaps more creative methods
(hugs and cookies?) would achieve better results.
Afterall, the heart of even the most obstreperous
politician must surely have a soft spot for
a mother's kindness. (Preach that love!)
There's no room in Texas social discourse
Migration to Texas has a long
and colorful past, making
our cities some of the most diverse in terms
of races and ethnicities in the nation.
And, while there have always been
some racial tensions throughout our history,
most Texans value and celebrate our rich heritage.
When a few foment anti-immigrant hatred or spew
intolerance over the national airwaves, Texans
should stand up to say, there's no place for
racial hate in a state with the motto of 'friendship'.
Immigrant bashing and other forms
of racial hatred are wrong. They don't represent
the traditional values of Texas--where a person
is judged on how he or she contributes rather
than where his/her parents came from. The next
time you hear someone complaining about Mexicans
(or some other group), just feed a bowl of chili
until the feeling passes. (¡Órale!)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
minorities and others at the vanguard of social
change often feel that their neighbors are bigots
when they rail against full social equality
and say hurtful things like "we grieve
for homosexuals." A Kansas pastor [sic]
even recently advocated that gays
should be put to death.
But Texans just aren't that way.
They often surprise surprise you -- like in
El Paso where citizens elected an openly gay
Latina to represent them at the Capitol, trusting
in her political insight over her choice of
bedroom partners. She joins the ranks of other
openly-gay politicians who have been elected
by their neighbors all around the Lone Star
Perhaps the only thing some gay-bashing
men need is a kiss on the cheek (or a pair of
size 12 pumps). Either way, there's no place
in families, neighborhoods and towns for hate
in Texas. (You know that's right!)
Religious hatred has been the
excuse for some of the greatest brother-on-brother
atrocities known to humankind. Christians, Jews,
even atheists have born
the brunt of attacks because of their religion
(or lack thereof). But, for every group that
advocates violence against another's religion,
there are multiple faith-based coalitions which
work together to spread the message of religious
tolerance and respect for others.
One Texan, the victim of a hate-crime
by a white supremacist, "turned
the other cheek" when it came to the criminal's
execution. He believes that the man
who shot him should not be executed and even
created a project to urge Texans to spare his
If the victim of such a brutal
crime can follow the admonition to "cast
out hate with love", then so can we all.
The next time you hear a neighbor say she is
afraid of Muslims (Jews, Hindus, etc.), read
to her an Arabic love poem. Remember, there
is no room for hate in Texas religious communities.
Dr. Martin Luther King's words
continue to speak to a world where hatred continues
to raise its ugly head. He clearly saw the arc
of justice and patiently reminded us that hatred
can only be overcome by love, not be suicidal
longing for destruction. (Speak!)
violence you may murder a liar, but you can't
establish truth. Through violence you may murder
a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence.
Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light
can do that. And I say to you, I have also decided
to stick with love, for I know that love is
ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems.
And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I
I'm talking about a strong, demanding
love. For I have seen too much hate
I say to myself that hate is too great a burden
to bear. I have decided to love."
We, all Texans who believe for peace and justice,
declare that there is no room for hate in Texas,
no place for it in our personal, social or political
affairs. (Yes!) It is up to us to set
the example for our neighbors and to gently
remind them that the world can get better.
But we also need to remember that
hatred stems from fear and work to educate and
comfort the afflicted so that their minds will
clear. We will use each day to remind our fellow
Texans to transform the fear and hatred in their
hearts and help make Texas part of a "blessed
community". (On yeah!)
Texans for Peace