Just over a year ago on October 2, 2006, a gunman entered West Nickel Mines School and shot 10 young Amish girls (ages 6-13), killing 5 and critically wounding 5 before committing suicide. The news reports that followed showed us a picture we cannot understand. No, I am not talking about the tragedy. Rather, I am referring to the scandalous acts that followed.
“We must not think evil of this man.” Grandfather of one of the murdered school girls on the day of the massacre.
…an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them.
…the Amish have set up a charitable fund for the family of the shooter.
…The fathers of the Amish girls who had been shot went to the killer’s parents and asked what they could do to help them.
Today, October 18, 2007, more than 6 years since 9/11/2001, I received the following email joke from a friend:
SIGN IN A STORE WINDOW
“WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 AL QAEDA TERRORISTS THAN WITH ONE SINGLE AMERICAN”
This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Philadelphia. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty.
And after all, it is just a sign.
You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign.
A Funeral Home
(Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)
You gotta love it!!!
God Bless America!
I wrote a poem last year and titled it, the f-word. I have held off sharing this particular poem due to its self-convicting and offensive nature. Its not very good from a literary sense but it is my heart.
why do i hate the f word so much
demand justice for them. beg mercy for me.
i savor the news… I am dialed-in