Sunday, June 13, 2021
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A Sad September

This morning, my Jewish husband reminded me that tomorrow is Erev Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the start of the High Holy Days. Even though I am a Christian, I always go with him to Rosh Hashanah  and Kol Nidre services on the eve of the Day of Repentence, Yom Kipper. His reminder came right after I had listened to the news that Gen. David Petraus, commander of American forces in Afghanistan, had  remarked on the dangers of the proposed action by the so-called "Dove World Christian Center" in Florida to burn Korans, the holy book of Muslims, on September 11.

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," Gen. Petraeus said.

Petraus' deputy, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, spoke on CNN, saying, "We very much feel that this [action] can jeopardize the safety of our men and women that are serving over here in the country,"  Caldwell is the head of NATO efforts to train Afghan security forces.

I suddenly had a flashback to what I had read about Nazi Germany, where desecration of the Torah, holy book of the Jews, was encouraged and practiced with great energy. Also, to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which I taught for many years to my students, a novel about a time and place where books have become subversive and must be kept from the sheep-like populace.

It was Heinrich Heine who said, "Where one burns books, one will, in the end, burn people." Is that what my country has come to, in the name of free speech by a hate-filled, bigoted "church"?