Of Prejudice and Civil Liberties

Okay, forgive me if I’m a bit slow, but I’m confused. (Not unusual in this crazy election year.) I was just reading about the FBI’s supposed “stings” in an effort to weed out potential homegrown terroritsts.  That was just before I read about all those gun-rights absolutists who insist that banning military-style assault rifles wouldn’t accomplish anything.  But, wait.  Weren’t those the very weapons chosen by mass murderers in Newtown?  And San Bernardino?  And Orlando? And Aurora?

Why did they choose those particular weapons?  It doesn’t seem a stretch to assume they made the choice in order to inflict the most casualties possible.

Honestly, we have to be either totally gullible, or the most hopelessly stupid of people. Why else would we refuse to face the obvious truth that we have sacrificed our humanity in order to keep a vise-like grip on partisan prejudices?

Heaven help us!

Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason, they cannot be destroyed by logic.

Tyron Edwards

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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2 Responses to Of Prejudice and Civil Liberties

  1. Jean Stewart says:

    Heaven help us indeed, Kay. Amen.

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