Somehow this new year does not feel so new and so fresh.
As I was working out this AM (people that stay HOME on New Years' Eve can do that) FOX news channel was on the tv monitor and of course the big news is the attack on Gaza by Israel. After months of effectively blocking supply routes, (the reason for the Hamas rockets), Israel launched the attack that they started planning six months ago. Who knew? Israel has started a genocide against the Palenstinans and FOX news wants the evangelical right to 'stand with Israel' by emailing and calling in.
Hey let's all stand for G-E-N-O-C-I-D-E. Way to be a good christian these days in the good ole' US of A
I have a home in a safe neighborhhod. I have food and clothing and money. I am blessed that my son, shot in the head during a car jacking and left for dead in the spring is now fully recovered and starting college in one week. No one has declared war on me, and no one is trying to exterminate me.
Me and my life, the Palestinians and theirs. The inequality is staggering.
What I want for 2009 is:
A world where children go to sleep in their own beds with full stomachs.
A world where gender or nationality is not an excuse for attack.
A world that provides an equal opportunity financial system.
A world that provides food, education, medical care and housing for its' poor.
A world where religious fundamentalists don't run the governments of any country.
A world whose different cultures and societies respect and give equal rights to women.
A world where people of different religious backgrounds can live in peace as meighbors without having to worry that their mosques or churches or other places of worship will be burned to the ground by mobs incited by the local politicians.
A world where everyones' place is theirs and theirs alone.
Not the world that we have inherited as of January 1, 2009.