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Tea Party

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

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Last spring, I participated in a protest organized by the Tea Party folks. I believed then as I believe now that we need to make some changes in the way Washington is doing things. I have now decided that I can no longer participate in events organized by this group. I have a fundamental disagreement with people who try and make anyone out to be a Nazi or try and compare someone to Hitler. There is no room in my world for people who have to stoop to this level of protest.

Now I know that not everyone that participated in Tea Party is a hater however the pictures that were shown calling the President of the United States Hitler were way over the top! The organizers of such events and everyone who was there needs to distance themselves from the hatred that is being spewed by some of your comrades. Sorry for the use of that word.

Is anyone else bothered by the Nazi references to the President of the United States? I think people need to go back and read their history before they make references to someone who tried to exterminate and entire race of people. Again I know it is not the majority of people who attended the Tea Party but those who have need to denounce this kind of hatred and trash!

I do not think hatred toward anyone is healthy. I did not like it when the left attacked President Bush anymore than I like the way the right is attacking President Obama. I have heard people say that because they (the left) attacked Pres. Bush we (the right) are going to attack Pres Obama. Now that is an adult way to carry on a conversation!

We all need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and stop all of the hate. We definitely need to stop the Nazi references as that is very destructive and monumentally disingenuous to all of those who lost their lives because of what Hitler did. March, yes disagree, yes let your voice be heard, yes but we are a civilized country and all this does is lower the level of debate and what we should be doing is raising the level of debate.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has been quoted saying "Be the change you want to see in the world" If we desire change then we need to be the change that we want to see. Respect is the name of the game for me.

Margaret Mead, the American Cultural Anthropologist said, "Never underestimate the power of a small dedicated group of people to change the world-indeed, its the only thing that ever has" We do need change, but what kind of change do we want? Do we want the hate or do we want a great debate on the issues? You Decide!

V. Rev. Fr. Peter-Michael Preble is the Pastor of St. Michael’s Orthodox Christian Church in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Read more of Fr. Peter’s writings on his blog at www.frpeterpreble.com

Posted: 24-Oct-2009

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