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Punish the Deed Not the Breed

by Stephanie Michele (writer), Venice, October 07, 2006

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My dog, Contessa is a lover. Over and over again I have watched her open the hearts of people that needed to smile and receive love from an unconditional source, had these people judged her on the beh

My car has this great feature it tells me everything I could possibly want to know about my miles per gallon. At least I thought it was a great feature until I reviewed my average speed, it is 23 miles per hour. Considering the amount of highway traveling that I drive, 23 miles per hour communicates one thing, I am stuck in traffic the majority of the time. Slow moving traffic can be frustrating however it does allow you to see things you would not normally see at high speeds.

One benefit of slow traffic is you have plenty of time to read bumper stickers and reflect on their meaning. Recently, I was traveling behind a mobile pet grooming van when I read this bumper sticker, "Punish the deed not the breed." Next to the words was an image of a pit bull. Being the owner of a pit bull that is no more capable of harming anyone than a cotton ball is, I enthusiastically agreed with the statement. My dog, Contessa is a lover. Over and over again I have watched her open the hearts of people that needed to smile and receive love from an unconditional source, had these people judged her on the behavior of the breed they would had missed out on a chance to exchange positive loving energy. Judging someone based on group affiliation or general behavior can also lead to missed opportunities to learn what is revealed in specific actions.

In his book, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell states. When we think only in terms of inherent traits and forget the role of the situations, we aree deceiving ourselves about the real causes of human behavior. In other words, our base of knowledge is based on generalizations and not on details. Why? Sometimes it just comes down to laziness and other times it is because we are not prepared to deal with the truth and share it with others. There is no greater example of this than the public promotion of government politics by religious leaders who use popularity in their ministries to influence political support.

Recently, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives resigned after it became public that he had allegedly sent sexually suggestive emails and instant messages to boys under the age of 18 years old. Since the story broke, Frank Pastore, a Christian conservative and host on Los Angeles' Christian talk radio station, (KKLA 99.5) has used the majority of his time on the air to present stories pertaining to the way in which the information about Foley was leaked instead of offering up prayers for anyone that has been hurt by the situation. The problem is not that religion is in politics, the problems is religious leaders deliberately deny the truth of biblical teaching by putting their politics first over living by their religion.



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Stephanie Michele is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Eddy E on October 07, 2006 at 08:49 pm
Stephanie, Thanks for pointing that out about Frank Pastore. For conservative republican christians, it has been the case that politics (and America) come before the bible (and Jesus!) Some Republicans have had the courage to apologize on behalf of Foley and to speak out against Foley's deeds. It is absolutely no surprise that Pastore would not do that!
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