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Yesterday, I learned that a Muslim is a person who practices the faith of Islam. I learned that the friend has relatives in three countries and each of those family members is impacted by violence by, for, or against people living in those countries.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

I remembered that verse because we sang it in 9th grade choir. Every American is either on of those or a descendent of someone who came to America for a better life. Even the Native Americans are descended from Asians who crossed a land bridge 13,000 years ago looking for a better life.

Is America no longer a “shining city on a hill?” Often attributed to President Reagan, the quote actually comes from a Puritan preacher, John Winthrop in 1630.

Are America’s fears and problems so great now that we cannot offer promise to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”

Americans seem to fear violence to such a great degree that they will impose violence to keep themselves safer. That is a true oxymoron. Americans have a crisis of intellect in that they fear violence but they see it as a solution to their problems.

I remember the Sunday School Story about the Warm Fuzzies and the Cold Pricklies. If you substitute peace in the story, we will never have Peace until we learn to share it and promote it and see it as the solution.

So, I wish you Peace for the Holidays and for you to set a New Year’s resolution that Peace is a Solution.

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