Posts in category "Violence"

A passionate cry for help for Syrians

How can we let this happen?

Blame U.S. militarism for the Fort Hood shooting

Belen Fernandez doesn’t exactly come right out and say it, but she comes as close as one can while hedging her bets. In this Aljazeera post (“The Fort Hood shooting should be analysed within the larger context of US militarism”), she supposedly takes the “larger view,” but in effect blames U.S. militarism for the shooting: It should... Read more »

An answer to the violence on Chicago's streets

“Laws cannot create a peaceful person out of someone who has not experienced, especially in his or her family, the love that teaches internal discipline. Without peace of soul, there can be no real peace on the streets, in our homes or among nations.” –Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago So starts another wise column... Read more »
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Islamic fanatics kill women working to eradicate polio

Why isn’t this a cause for American feminists? If you to get a real feel for what we’re fighting in the war of terrorism, see this story about how young, women volunteers were killed because they committed the sin of joining forces with Rotary International and others to eliminate polio in Pakistan. The details are... Read more »

In my childhood, there were no mass killings.

I am an old man and the older I get the less I understand. I can’t understand how anyone can look into the face of a 6-year-old and fire round after round into that child, as the deranged gunman did Friday in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Wisdom is supposed to come with age; now, after... Read more »

Why are we so surprised by the Connecticut slaughter when we value innocent life so little

We are a mess and that is about the verifiable fact on the table.  We might look elsewhere than programs and policies for answers to cleaning up our mess. May God welcome the little hands and hearts taken from their parents by Adam and ease pain of sad people with the hard work shaking off... Read more »
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A solution for Chicago's murderous violence?

Have we run out of ways to stop the gang warfare and the drug trafficking that incites it. A long-time community activist, Steve Sewall, has come up with something called “transformative media” which he describes here. He asks: Why has Chicago lost three generations to drugs and gangs? Chicago has yet to realize that gangs... Read more »

James Holmes and Aurora massacre: Why?

James Holmes allegedly killed 12 and wounded 58 more in the Century 16 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Why? Lax gun control? Media violence? Bloody video games?The emergence of evil? Cultural decline? The macho gene?  No concealed-carry gun in the audience to shoot back? Take your pick. (Follow the links to see who is saying what.) At this writing,... Read more »

They called me the N-word.

Which is reason enough to jump out of my limo and beat up the muthas. That seems to be the excuse offered by relatives of four men arrested in a Wrigleyville brawl. Reported the Chicago Tribune: Prosecutors say the men in the limousine bailed out of the car around 1:10 a.m. Sunday at Clark Street... Read more »
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The cheapening of fathers, men and boys

Here’s a great Father’s Day thought: Men and boys need help. They’ve become more self-destructive, more apathetic about success and more violent. Fewer are moving on to higher education, and boys and men alike are being outperformed in school by girls and women. On this day, Fathers Day, the culture continues to redefine masculinity, but... Read more »
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