Monday, September 22, 2008

School Of The Americas Demonstration November 21-23

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

St. Francis used to say we should prefer nothing to the salvation of souls, and he said so for this reason: It is for souls that the only begotten Son of God deigned to ascend the cross.

St. Bonaventure
Major Life 9:4

It would appear that we are now concerned with every whim and doctrine that comes along...except for the salvation of souls:

"Let the brothers love one another, as the Lord says, 'This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12).

"And let them show by their deeds the love they have for one another, as the Apostle says, 'Our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine' (1 John 3:18).

"And they are 'not to go around slandering other people' (Titus 3:2); nor are they to grumble or speak evil, for it is written, 'Libelers and slanderers are enemies of God' (Romans 1:30). And they are 'to be peacable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds'" (Titus 3:2).

St. Francis
Rule of 1221 - Chapter XI

So why have we thrown everything that St. Francis believed in and followed hard-line Marxist, Communists?

Yes, there have been some evil men come out of the School of the America's, but is that any reason to shut something down that does so much good? It's like saying we should shut Richmond, Indiana down because the infamous Jimmie Jones came from there. Or should we go a step further, then, and shut Kool-Aid down because Jimmie Jones used it to kill off all his people?

Here is a letter from Sister Rachel West, The Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. Please tell me if she and these other people are following the way of St. Francis or not. Personally, I believe these people to be the ultimate of evil, but you decide for yourself...

"Led by the School of Americas (SOA) Watch frounder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, thousands of protesters marched in solemn procession to the gates of Fort Benning, GA, site of the SOA, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 18. Among the participants were Sisters Jacquelyn McKracken (whose article about the SOA protest appeared in the December 2 edition of the Indianapolis Star), Joan Miller and Maureen Irvin.

"They gathered to protest the continued existence of the school (now known officially as the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation) whose graduates they hold responsible for the murders and torture of thousands of innocent people throughout Latin America. But they gathered as well to protest ongoing wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan and violations of human rights throughout the world. More and more, the annoual SOA vigil, first begun in 1990 to call for the closing of the SOA, has evolved into a massive anti-was and pro-human rights rally, probably the largest in the United
States.

..."This year's protest led, as they always have, to numerous arrests for trespass onto the base. Ten were arrested while entering through a side gate, and another for attempting to scale the main gate during the symbolic funeral procession. ....three other protesters, college students, were arrested and face charges for refusing to relinquish crosses whose size exceeded police regulations."

How sad. How very, very sad.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Lee Rials said...

Mr. Dickson,
A Google Alert brought your blog to me today, and here I am at home tonight responding. I hope you get the chance to come down to visit us at the institute on a weekday, so you can see classes and students and ask questions about what we do. We are still holding our open house tours for those who only come during the protest weekend; they get to ask questions and get answers from an expert panel, but they don't see students and classes. If any of your readers have questions, tell them they are welcome to contact me, or just come on down.

Sincerely, Lee Rials
Public Affairs Officer
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

September 23, 2008 8:14 PM  
Blogger Chris Dickson said...

Hi, Lee!

Thank you for the kind invitation. It would be an honor to have some "Brown Robes" there behaving as St. Francis instructed us in the Rule of 1221, Chapter XI :

Let the brothers love one another, as the Lord says, "This is my commandment: love on another as I have loved you" (John 15:12.

And let them show by their deeds the love they have for one another, as the Apostle says, "Our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine" (1 John 3:18).

And they are "NOT TO GO SLANDERING OTHER PEOPLE" (Titus 3:2); nor are they to grumble or speak evil, for it is written, "LIBELERS AND SLANDERERS ARE ENEMIES OF GOD" (Romans 1:30). And they are "TO BE PEACABLE AND GENTLE, AND ALWAYS POLITE TO PEOPLE OF ALL KINDS" (Titus 3:2).

You don't see too much of this type of Christianity from where your're sitting, do you Lee?

September 23, 2008 8:31 PM  
Blogger Lee Rials said...

Actually, Chris, most of the people I deal with are good and gentle people who have simply been mislead by the SOAW crowd. They are respectful and willing to talk, although sometimes it is hard to overcome this ingrained ideology. In July, a Syracuse University student came down for a week to gather information to see if he wanted to do his doctoral dissertation about us. He was no ideologue, but he had only heard the other side, so it was with some wonder that he said to me, "I was told there were no Bolivians here, but I was just talking with a Bolivian officer!" So, the bottom line, I make a distinction between the SOAW ideologues who say anything to shut us down, and the good people who are being taken in by this fraud.

September 24, 2008 9:31 AM  

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