But Who Started It?

After writing a column about Israel’s collective punishment in Gaza I got some feedback suggesting that Israel was merely responding to Hamas’ violation of a six-month-old ceasefire. That has been the dominant narrative in the US media. Now, I understand that when you start asking about who started what in the Mideast, you can go back thousands of years finding fault, but still, I think this video from CNN is worth a watch:

Seeing Through Fear at The X-Ray Project

This column was the featured commentary on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality website on November 5, 2007.

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

On a recent visit to San Jose State University I picked up a brochure for what promises to be a complicated and disturbing art installation set to open in San Jose this week. The X-RAY Project is a collection of x-ray and MRI images gathered from hospitals in Jerusalem and arranged for display by an artist named Dianne Covert. The diagnostic images are of the injuries sustained by victims of terrorism, and they show with clinical sterility what pain and suffering is endured when terrorists strike.

According to The X-RAY Project’s website, the traveling exhibit’s aim is to “explore the most important social issue of our time: the effects of terrorism on a civilian population.” The project was born of the artist’s desire to push back against those who might condone terrorism.

I’m conflicted. Continue reading