On many weekends during the Bush administration, the group "Pax Christie," would stage antiwar protests in front of our local Barnes & Noble. When asked of their intentions, they would state that their beef wasn't with then-President George W. Bush, but rather they were against war in all its forms.
Curiously, they continue to be absent since the election of Barack Obama.
Oh, they would say that since Obama's election, a new era of hope and change had emerged; that protests are no longer necessary.
Yet, since Obama’s election, there has been an escalation of the war in Afghanistan--and now in Libya, where Muammar Khaddaffy's son and three grandchildren were recently killed at a "family gathering." Guantanamo Bay remains open for business. Even an extra-legal assassination of a well-known Al Qaeda leader took place in a foreign country without U.N. approval!
Yet, the shadows of Pax Christi members still remain absent from the grassy knoll in front of Barnes & Noble. The makeshift caskets, pictures of civilians killed, and "NO BLOOD FOR OIL!" signs have vanished. Even the omnipresent NO-HALLIBURTON signs no longer grace the area, though the 'evil' bogeyman continues to provide logistical support for the wars.
Not a single word of protest. Zip. Zero. Nada.
Could it be that members of "Pax Christi" actually had a political axe to grind; that their protestations and concern over war and its accompanying horrors were secondary, at best, to whomever occupied 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
Perish the thought.
I'm sure their intentions are as pure as the wind-driven snow-- that they have a vegan cooking class to make every Saturday, or that the batteries in their Prius died and they are patiently awaiting their exchange.Yeah. That must be it.
|A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit|
|Lk. 6.43, 44|
|15|| ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.|
|16|| Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?|
|17|| Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.|
|18|| A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.|
|19|| Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Mt. 3.10 · Lk. 3.9 |
|20||Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Mt. 12.33|