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Love is Stronger Than Hate

An Ashland friend's youngest son was murdered in a hate crime in Portland a few days ago. My wife and I attended a Friday night vigil for this beautiful young man. His mother has penned a loving letter to President Trump, requesting that he come out with a strong condemnation of hate crimes RE Muslims, etc.


The line between love and hate runs through every person's heart. What does it take to choose love, especially in the face of hate? Years ago I interviewed a Virginia housewife who lost her husband and 13-year-old daughter in the 2008 Mumbia terrorist attack. Kia grieved as deeply as a human can. Then she co-founded the One Life Alliance and now teaches forgiveness in India and DC where she has an office.


We'll see what the results of this event may be but each of us can take a personal stand for love, against hate. I notice that many of my friends seem to hate Trump. That's got to stop. We must, as Gandhi said, "be the change we wish to see in the world."


Are we up to that challenge?