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Mother's Day Manifesto 2012

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A year ago I published
Mother's Day Manifesto 2010


With great sorrow, I report that the only change has been more death and destruction:

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Iraq Coalition Military Fatalities from 2003-2011 Total: 4,770

Afghanistan Coalition Military Fatalities from 2001-2011 Total: 2,445 [1]
                        

                           

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The Cost of America's Wars paid for by US Tax Payers since 2001 total over $1,190,448,000,000.00 [2]

The financial cost to American Taxpayers to sustain the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is $3 Trillion [3] but the cost to America's Integrity as an "honest broker' for peace is incalculable!

The genesis of Mother's Day in the U.S.A. began when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community and fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace.

  As mothers bear the loss of human life more acutely than anyone else, in 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote the first Mother's Day Proclamation, from which I excerpt:

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
Blood does not wipe our dishonor; nor violence indicate possession. At the summons of war let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace;
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar;
But of God.


In the 21st century, patriarchal 'civilization' persists in the insanity of violence for violence and Caesar today can be understood as the Government Industrial Military Security/Surveillance Complex, which would collapse if enough of we the people rose up and demanded our 'leaders' change course from state sponsored violence to dialoguing with the 'enemy' and uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read more...  

 

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We the people of America who pay taxes are culpable for most all of the world's manufacturing, use of, and exporting of weapons of all degrees of destruction-which terrorize every innocent caught in the crossfire.

In 1999, the UN dedicated the first decade of the 21st century to "Create a Culture of Nonviolence for All Children of The World" but I did not learn of it until December 2005, when I attended Holy Land Trust's Celebrating Nonviolent Solidarity Conference in the Little Town of Bethlehem: which is Occupied Territory! I learned that America abstained from voting on this UN initiative and is on the record in the UN as stating:   "We cannot support this initiative as it will make it harder for us to wage war."

The hearts and minds that require the most transformation are the ones that hold the most political power; but power never gives any away without a fierce battle!

Also during that 2005 conference in the little town of Bethlehem, Jeff Halper, American Israeli, Coordinator and Co-founder of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, about how we need to look at life as if it were a play and then claim a part; for when enough 'actors' [activists] pursue justice and remain nonviolent, 'Caesar' will be forced to acquiesce in order to maintain power.

 
Also during that conference, Anglican Reverend Naim Ateek, a Palestinian refugee and founder of SABEEL Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, spoke about how the use of state sponsored violence corrupts the true message of Christ.

Ateek explained how Christ's teachings and life reflected the revolutionary concept of nonviolent action and how thousands of years of not reflecting upon the fact that evil can be opposed without being mirrored, and the cycle of a "tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye', never has, never will, never can bring true peace or security.

Christ taught that one must forgive and love ones enemies and one must pray for those who persecute and hate them. In a nutshell, that is what being a Christian is truly about.

Before the reign of Emperor Constantine, all the early Church Fathers taught that Christians should not serve in the army but instead willingly suffer rather than inflict harm on any other human being. St. Paul taught that the only way to resist evil is with good. Clement, Tertillian, Polycarp and every other early Church Father taught that violence contradicts Christianity.

In 313 Constantine sought to unite his empire and by legitimizing Christianity-although he waited until on his deathbed to be baptized- many have said that was when the soul left the church. Within 100 years after Constantine, the Empire required that all soldiers in the army must be baptized as Christians and thus, the decline of Christianity began.

Augustine was the first Church Father to speak about the concept of a Just War. The Church relaxed the standards Jesus set as they negated the true teaching of Christ to justify war and thus; wrong became right, for a true Christian will always be nonviolent.

"The God of war, violence, oppression and terror must be rejected. Authentic Christianity is nonviolent and is all about peace, justice and liberation." -Rev. Naim Ateek.

Candidate George W. Bush once claimed his favorite philosopher was Jesus, but President Bush defied the philosophy, ethics, morals and teaching of Jesus who was most explicit that one must forgive to be forgiven, to pray and love one's enemies; not bomb, torture or occupy them!

The problem is not with Christianity, but that too few, who claim to be Christian, have actually done what Christ taught. Christians claim to comprehend that God is Love, but "Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing. Our manifesto is the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers." -Dorothy Day

   
Also during Holy Land Trust's Celebrating Nonviolence Conference, Dr. Mohamed Abu-Nimer from the Salam Institute of Peace and Justice stated:

"All the Abrahamic traditions are based in nonviolence, it is our lenses that determine whether we see it. Like Christianity the concept of a Just War took root and developed after lots of discussions dealing with how to deal with believers and nonbelievers.

"The first twelve years Mohamed spent in Mecca he practiced nonviolent resistance. He was persecuted but always prayed:  "God forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.'

"Mohamed taught against the killing of innocents, the desecration of the environment and for the humane treatment and respect towards one's enemies. Suicide bombings are not justified and those who try to justify it negate the early principals and teachings regarding nonviolence, the pursuit of justice, doing good, universality and human dignity, equality, that all life is sacred, to be forgiving and be a peace maker."

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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 

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