The Klamath Basin Peace Forum

March 25, 2006

Epithath for Peace Demonstration

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 8:14 pm
Dear Editor, Last Sunday afternoon (March 19) a small but lively group of local 
peace activists took to the streets of our town to protest Bush’s policy of 
endless war, and to remind the citizenry of the central Christian message.
 
Our Sunday assembly was as much a peace celebration as an anti-war 
demonstration. One contingent gathered on a local highway 97 overpass, 
from which they displayed brightly painted peace banners. 
 
I was part of a smaller group standing at the busy intersection of Washburn 
and South Sixth. There we stood, firmly within ourselves, conspicuous as hell 
in the most redneck place in all of Oregon -- maybe the world. 
We had only one sign among us. We passed it around and held it high. 
I felt our strength and the rightness of our message. I think we all did. 
The sign read: BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS (MT 5:9). 
 
In the course of that short hour a thousand or more local people motored by. 
Most of them saw and beheld our sign. Two years before we had stood in that 
exact same spot with the same message. On that occasion we were greeted by ugly
catcalls, angry fists, unrepeatable obscenities and even threats. One tired 
customer spat at us. But not this time. This time the passersby must have 
sensed that we were truly blessed. Not a one of them screamed at us. 
There were no threats and not one angry fist. No one flipped us the bird. 
Instead, there were lots of smiling faces. Friendly people waved at us. 
Many honked their horns in support. Why this dramatic change from two years ago?
Have the people of Klamath Falls finally awakened to the unpleasant truth: 
that we have been betrayed by failed leaders who (despite their rhetoric) 
care nothing about our country? For sure, something has changed. 
What a difference two years can make! At present, my personal biggest concern 
goes beyond this town: Can we can stop Bush before he plunges the whole world 
into nuclear darkness? 
 
Mark Gaffney Chiloquin


		
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March 24, 2006

Three years too many

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 4:10 pm

On Sunday, March 19, 2006, several individuals (about 15) marked the 3rd Anniversary of the beginning of the “War” in Iraq by staging an Overpass Event overlooking Highway 97 in Klamath Falls. We had signs that read “Bring ‘Em On Home” with the “On” x’ed out, and “Three Years Too Long.”

One individual stopped. He recognized this writer from press releases and asked if I were a minister. When I confirmed this fact, he asked me if I had read Romans 13. I had.

Romans 13
To Be a Responsible Citizen
1Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. 2If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. 3Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, 4the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. 5That’s why you must live responsibly–not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.

6That’s also why you pay taxes–so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. 7Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. 8Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. 9The law code–don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of–finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. 10You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.

11But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. 12The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. 13We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. 14Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

The bold and italics are my emphasis. This passage tells us to respect the government and to understand that all governing authority is under the blessing of God. It also says “Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order.” I beleive that there is no peace and there is no order under this administration. I further beleive, that the mandate of government when Paul wrote to the Church in Rome was not “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Government was in power by economic and military might. There was no choice, no democracy, no freedom of conviction. I am the government. Looking honestly at how government is in error is a responsibility of good citizenship. This government has shown time and time again a disregard for the poor, a disregard for the truth, a disregard for the sick and homeless. This government supports the wealthy and the corporate greed that has run up the governmental debt in America’s history.

This government does not follow the basis of law that this scripture quotes. It does not seem, at least not from this writer’s perspective, follow the injunction”Love other people as well as you do yourself. 10You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.”

The individual who asked me about the passage made the statement that I was not a very good witness to this scripture. With repsect for his opinion and interpretation of these words, I must disagree. I am withness to the actions of prophets who have been called to hold the king responsible when he is not doing God’s will. This administration took us to war based on false witness. This administration is taking us deeper and deeper into debt to finance militarism and colonialism in the Middle East. This administratioin is ignoiring the plight of the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the veterans who sacrifice so much for its questionalbe causes, and the children.

When there is peace and order, and the clarions of war are silenced, when the poor are afforded the same opportunities for housing and health care and food as the welathiest of Americans and the world, when citizens can express their opinions about public policies without fear of being branded unpatriotic, I will honor the government under God.

David

March 22, 2006

New peace forum

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 5:05 pm

I recently was asked to take over the administration of another “Forum”. This is found a http://www.reikialoha.com

It is a website dedicated to Reiki, things Hawiian. I started a new forum category for peace there.
Also, my home page concerned with my Reiki experiences is hosted at this site.

Interconnections and networking!

David

March 21, 2006

Overpass Event

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 6:44 pm

The OverPass event on Sunday, marking the 3rd Anniversary of the War in Iraq was a success.  About a dozen or so of us stood on the overpass above Highway 97.  Signs read “Three Years Too Many” and Bring ‘Em On Home” with the “On” “X’ed” out greeted travlers from the North and South.  Honks, Peace Signs, and friendly waves outnumbered single finger salutes.  Positive repsonses certianly equaled negative.  Three individuals stopped on theover pass to question our motives and intentions.  One asked why we did this when it would do no good.  He was of the protest supports the terroists mentality.  One quoted Romans 13 and said I was giving a bad witness.  The scripture addresses revolting against God chosen government.  He seemed confused between protesting policy that is “ungodly” and revolting against the government.

The activiism was enjoyed by all.  If you read this and were at South Sixth Street, post a reply!

David

March 12, 2006

Party Politics-Letter to the Democratic Party and Dr. Dean

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 1:40 pm

Dr. Dean,

It is time. America clearly needs a change in direction.  The current administration has taken us to the edge of economic, ethical, and moral collapse.  This administration has used knowingly flawed(at the very least) intelligence to convince us to go to war, this administration has abused its powers to circumvent the laws of the nation and engage in programs of domestic spying, this administration has disclosed the name of  a CIA operative in retaliation for daring to question administrative polices in the Middle East, this administration has sanctioned sweetheart, no-bid contracts in Iraq and here at home to companies with which it has  had financial connections, and this administration has done all it can to destroy the notion of balance of power between the three branches of government.

 

Dr. Dean,  I would ask these questions. Is it time to consider Articles of Impeachment against G.W. Bush? Is it time to take back the House and Senate based on these and other issues?  Is it time to demonstrate to the American people that the Democratic Party has not lost its integrity and heart? 

 

The answer, Dr, Dean, is that not only is it time, it is past time!  Lead America back, Dr. Dean, to the values that have made us great.  It is time, Dr. Dean, to end what The Hon. Representative Paul from Texas has called dollar hegemony.  It is time, Dr. Dean, to inspire the traditional grass roots of this party.  It is time, Dr. Dean, to bring the troops home and not become ensnared in a civil war in Iraq.  It is time, Dr. Dean, for proactive political intervention in the travesty that is the current administration. It is time to win the mid-term elections, it is time to impeach, and it is time to speak out and speak out loudly.  It is time, Dr. Dean.  It is time!

 

David Isaiah Hedelman, M.S.  CADC I

Minister United Church of Christ

Klamath Falls, Oregon

March 8, 2006

Impeacement?

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 2:21 pm

Just read about communities in Maine, using the town hall model of governence have voted to compel thier representative to the U.S. House to file Articles of Impeachment against Bush for misleading us about Iraq and domestic spying.  How many phone lines will be clicking toinight?  MMMM  food for thought, food for thought!

There is no way to Peace; Peace is the Way  A.J. Muste

David

March 7, 2006

Next Meeting

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 2:49 pm

I hope that people are reading posts here.  I have heard that there is now a place to get freedom of information act information abouthow we are doing.  Should we access the information of the Klamath Basin Peace Forum.

I will be generating a post later todsay about an old case against/about  Sperry Coproation. the two activists who destroyed computers used to proliferate nuclear weapons were given suspended sentences.  This inthe 1980’s.  The judge’s comments were fascinating.  A judicial precedence that equated civil disobediance with caring for country.

david

March 4, 2006

Vagina Monolouge

Filed under: Uncategorized — kbpeaceforum @ 9:40 pm

The Vagina Monologues are coming to Klamath Falls. Watch for a post from one of the courageous women who is participating. She has good things to say about the monologues and the community. I have invited her to the peace forum meetings. If I haven’t I meant to do so!

David

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