“You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.”
These words from the musical drama South Pacific popped into my head the moment I heard about the horrific hate-filled mass murder in Orlando, Florida yesterday.
If there’s a formula for hate, it must go something like this:
So who taught Omar Mateen to hate? We don’t know the full story yet. But we do know that the Islamic State, to whom he pledged fealty shortly before killing fifty fellow humans, played a role. And, as is too often the case, they did so in the name of God.
Here’s what God has to say: “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” ~Luke 17:2
Fight hate. Fight it with every of breath. With every drop of blood. Fight the hatred that twisted a young man born in the image of God into a proud, fearful, godless human sacrifice, as much a victim as those he murdered. At the risk of sounding simplistic, the only way I know to fight hate is to: