When it comes to the Civil War, the South and the North have their myths. The Southern myth is that the war had little to do with slavery; the Northern myth is that the cause of the Union was expressly anti-slavery. Dr. McKenzie cautions us against both myths and the self-justifying practice of myth-making that hinders self-criticism and progress.
While fear freezes and isolates, love thaws frozen hearts and restores relationships. Matthew Distefano explores how perfect love casts out fear in Disney's masterpiece on sisterhood, Frozen.
The costs of war are immeasurable, both in terms of human lives, including 22 combat veteran suicides every day, and in terms of the environment. Kathy Kelly joins Veterans For Peace in the push to end the war on the environment by ending war altogether.
Adam Ericksen explains that "Case after case shows that an officer can make up any excuse to accuse a black person of resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer and treat them with brutal force. The point is that Sandra’s arrest and subsequent death never should have happened. And those events never would have happened if Sandra was white."
Matthew Distefano examines the treatment of the LGBTQ community at the hands of the Church, and reminds us that the call to follow Jesus forbids the scapegoating of anyone. "The LGBT community will not be to blame for the wars and rumors of wars... The scapegoat never is to blame for the problems of the community, the culture, the nation. Our violence is."
"Turns out we can't dehumanize someone else without dehumanizing ourselves," Robert Koehler reminds us. The more we erode our humanity through continually dehumanizing and destroying our enemies, the more we turn to weapons which destroy us for the delusion of security.