I write this because of the absurdity of considering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for the Nobel Peace Prize. I cannot fathom how such a violent, hate filled and unreasonable group can even be spoken of in the same sentence except as a contrast to the peace prize. When I read that someone in the Norwegian Parliament had nominated them I wondered how they could even explain the logic of such a move? I soon found out. In the interests of full disclosure I am an American of a more right wing and conservative viewpoint so have a hard time understanding the logic of the European Left. I will quote from Bjørnar Moxnes press release:
As a member of the Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nominating the BDS movement for this recognition is perfectly in line with the principles I and my party hold very dear. Like the BDS movement, we are fully committed to stopping an ascendant, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world, and securing freedom, justice and equality for all people. . . .
Where should I start in refuting what he says? I don’t disagree with the fact that as a member of the Norwegian Parliament he can nominate them or that it may be in line with his principles to do so, but from there we disagree completely.
That Israel is a growing and thriving democracy but how can you call Israel racist? The BDS movement is comprised of people who refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist! I don’t think you can be anymore racist then that! I can speak to and discuss the politics of the left and do not simply dismiss them due to that fact until you get to the extreme left but again, in the interests of full disclosure I don’t deal well with the ideas of the far right either. I would consider myself far right centerist. I am deeply concerned about the legitimacy that would be given to the BDS movement by this award. The fact that he opposes something simply because it is right-wing is telling about his politics. I want to just comment about the last part of what I quoted by asking a question. How can you talk about seeking “freedom, justice and equality” if you refuse to acknowledge your opponents right to exist? This doesn’t seem very equal to me! I don’t think their is much justice in their position either. I am not welded to the idea of a two state solution unless both sides are committed to the safety and security of each other and right now I don’t think either side will really commit to that situation.
I ask that you go to the web site of an organization called United With Israel and go to there Calls To Action page and read more about this situation and make your voice be heard with theirs and hopefully many others. Trust me on this, NO true Christian believer wants to take the Holy Land from the Jewish People, they are G-ds Chosen People and that has not and will not ever change. Jesus Christ was a Jew and he was arrested after observing Passover. The Early people in the Christian Church still worshiped in the synagogues. I am just a simple believer and have no fancy theological degrees but do know deep in my heart that Israel is the land of the Jewish people and NO ONE should be trying to take it away from them. How much do I believe it you ask? If I wasn’t 58 years old and didn’t have a moderate to severe disability I would join the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) to fight for Israel. I do know that I can write and speak and will do so as long as I can to help both the Jewish people and the Nation Of Israel, who are so closely intertwined that is probably more correct to speak of them as halves of one thing. That is my view of the situation.
The nation of Israel has endured a constant onslaught since it was created by a UN resolution in 1948. Their capital is Jerusalem and has been for years, they are to my knowledge the only nation that has had their selected capital not recognized by other nations. Israel is the ONLY Jewish state in the world, and why can’t they set there own rules for who is a citizen? I find the hypocrisy of the world toward Israel and their ability to make normal decisions about their own sovereignty is reprehensible and needs to change, Trump did change something, he recognized Israel’s right to select it’s own capital. The two state solution will never work until the Palestinians are willing to recognize Israels right to exist! There are a few who don’t believe in a two state solution and think a single secular democratic state is the only solution. The secular democratic state is nothing more than the elimination of a Jewish state and the Palestinian’s cherished main goal!
I do not understand why there is such a blind spot in most people that seems unwilling to recognize reality when it comes to Israel. There is a cliche that bears repeating: If Israel laid down it’s arms they would be destroyed, If the Arabs laid down their arms there would be peace! There is one other thing that must be mentioned, How can there be peace in the Middle East if as a matter of policy the Palestinian Authority does not yet recognize Israel’s right to exist! Until they are willing to recognize Israel’s right to exist there can be no peace. Until people are willing, like President Trump Wednesday, to recognize reality, there won’t be a long lasting peace in the Middle East. Meanwhile, my Granddaughter needs to remember the correct capital of Israel, Jerusalem!
This post started as a response to a question someone else had raised and I felt it deserved some expanding and further discussion. You can read that and an excellent discussion on what is happening to the liturgy here. The author of the question I was responding to said this: “At any rate, something has changed. “Maybe it is just because everyone is contracepting and children seem much more rare than before.”
Modern society, and we Catholics are included with that, have stopped considering children as a blessing and the medical community seems to consider pregnancy a disease to be dealt with and “cured” or eliminated so that other lives can continue uninterrupted. I wonder how many more people would be in the pews if contraceptive use was not as rampant as it is in the church today. It has been written there would be a substantial number more children and adults in the pews as well as vocations in the Convents and Carmels if this was the case.
It used to be very rare to see an only child, now it is commonplace. Would there be as much of a vocations problem in the church today if every family had three or four kids on average instead of 2 or even one? I was discerning a call to the priesthood when I was younger and was amazed at the overall attitude I encountered, many people when they heard told me I would be wasting my life and shouldn’t do it. I lived in a small parish and news traveled fast. When did this start happening? In my case it was the late seventies and early eighties’s. Do a large percentage of the people in parishes feel that way?
I submit they do and that is precisely because there are fewer children and service to the church is not considered as important due to disobedience on life issues. This means that service to the church is not considered as a gift but a burden to be avoided as a waste of life, which in a bizarre way your life is considered more important in today’s society but only in terms of you and not in terms of being open to new life or a vocation. We are much less aware of what a gift to ourselves as well as a gift to God a life of service to the Church can be instead of a burden, are we really being that selfish? Can we change that, and how? Is it possible that The Holy Father, Pope Paul VI was really more prophetic that he is usually given credit for? These are questions that we all need to answer.
This is a fantastic book and not only well written and emotionally challenging but creates an awe inspiring picture of two men who are shining examples of what it means to be both top officers and compassionate human beings. I wish I was half the man these two young men were starting to become. The book will be a excellent addition to anyone’s library.
I was truly awed by the stories of the two men and all they accomplished in their far too short lives. They both were described as having incredible work ethics and morals as well as incredible drive to succeed as Military officers. They were credits to the traditions of the U.S. military and both officers I would have followed just about anywhere. The beginnings of the Travis Manion Foundation are also covered in the book, which seems to be a wonderful legacy of two young men who were gone far too young.