Two Wrongs…

As a kid I heard the phrase so much that it became one of my basic rules for living. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” For me it ranks right up there with ‘What Thumper’s Father Says’ — “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Both apply in this case.

In this case it is one of those fake emails that seem to continually circulate. It is one of those stupid emails that angers me. It preys on the emotions of people and is written in a way that insinuates that if you do not agree with it you are somehow unpatriotic.

Doris’s response to this email covers my feelings about it very well. Go ahead and read it on her blog. I’ll be here when you get back.

Why is it that so many people seem to forget basic decency? Things, simple things, we were taught as children seem to be forgotten as soon as we climb onto whatever bandwagon is passing by.

That email pokes fun at the Koran/Quran and I can’t help but wonder if the creator of the email, or any of those that keep forwarding it, have taken any time to consider how they would feel if roles were reversed. What if it was the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, or a Harry Potter book that was being “desecrated”? Have all of these people forgotten that other basic golden rule of living; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The events of 9/11 did not give us permission to behave poorly. It was a terrible thing, but as a nation our responses to it have made us a weaker and morally poorer people. I’d like to point out a few rules to live by to these normally Christian folks that keep passing this kind of hateful thing around. They let emotion replace reason.

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31. NIV) Jesus- The Sermon on the Mount.

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