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Barefooted, Jesus walked the sands of the world, moving people to live by the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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Mary Magdalene is reputed to have given solace and hospice not only to Jesus but to the apostles and others who were hurting.

Barefooted, Vietnam era Marine Veteran Ron Zaleski recently walked across the United States to try to move Americans to, "Do unto our vets as you would have done unto yourself." http://www.thelongwalkhome.org/


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Former hospice worker and Gold Star Mom Nadia McCaffrey uses her own home to give solace to mentally and physically wounded vets, as she moves them to healthier lives, while simultaneously working to build a more comprehensive program for the troubles our wars bestow upon on our vets. www.veteransvillage.org

Both came to speak at a Peace Pyramid gathering in Gold River, California on June 25. Listening led me to ask, "Who has more in common with the traditional Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, Ron and Nadia, or Karl Rove and Grover Norquist?

Rove and Norquist directed the Bush II administration to cut and oppose hundreds of billions of dollars that would have helped veterans' health, housing, education, child care, etc. ( http://www.awolbush.com/ ) Rove and Norquist opted to protect the wealth of the uber-wealthy, which is just what Jesus did with the money changers in the Temple, right?

Then again, Rove and Norquist did the Christian helping-hand thing for the then financially struggling Halliburton by sending our tax dollars to cover their humongous overcharges to our soldiers after our last president sent our soldiers about 1,000 miles west of where most civilians knew Bin Laden was. That misdirected economy-breaking strategy created a lot of PTSDed vets -- who still wander uncared for.

While Nadia struggles financially, yet closes in on a contract to establish the first Veterans Victory Village campus/farm on 125 acres through her Patrick McCaffrey Foundation, Rove's billionaire-funded Crossroads organization prepares to spend $20 million over the next few months to make sure his true Christians are elected to Congress. Of course, those he supports tend to not support finding revenues to spend on wounded vets, or the handicapped, poor students, elderly, etc.


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As poor and middle class citizens like Ron and Nadia struggle to afford shoes and food, they continue trying to help others with even greater wounds and needs. Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Cantor and Senator Kyl walked out on deficit reduction talks to save accelerated depreciation tax breaks for corporate jets. Guess they need those corporate jets to get closer to the Holy Spirit, who I reckon is also very concerned about tax breaks for those readying themselves to fly through the eyes of a needle.

Gordon Gekko preached, "Greed is good." Jesus Christ reputedly said, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own." So, for those who believe Jesus is coming and he may be pissed, who will be standing at the Pearly Gates -- Gordon or Jesus?

Ever wonder if most religious zealots have missed not only Jesus' Golden Rule message, but perhaps ignored building the army Jesus and his band of brothers was telling them to build?

Jesus sent shoeless apostles to walk through the sands of the world to help those in need, while preaching the Golden Rule. For 21 centuries, the world has suffered when we have over-invested in sending booted soldiers pursuing the greediness of powerful corporate or political leaders, rather than sending sandaled do-good apostles addressing the needs of the poor and downtrodden.

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Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, (more...)
 

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