"We reject violence to punish anyone. We ask that there be no retaliation on relatives or property. We forgive those who consider us their enemies. We hope that in loving both friends and enemies and by intervening nonviolently to aid those who are systematically oppressed, we can contribute in some small way to transforming this volatile situation.”
We mourn the loss of this brave, good man who was bearing witness to the love and power of Christ to reconcile humankind. Please do remember the Fox family, as well as the three other members of CPT still in captivity.
Tom Fox was a man who wanted peace in the middle-east and was willing to lay his life down as a peace offering. (This photo of him in Palestine, protesting the Israeli's dividing wall, underscores the Christian yearning for unity and community I find so refreshing in CPT's approach.) I honestly doubt he thought it would actually lead to his kidnapping and death, but he did know such a risk existed. And yet he dared to do it. Despite the ignorant comments from right-wing hacks such as Rush Limbaugh (who now got his wish, apparently) the peace tradition of Martin Luther King, Ghandi, and so many in South Africa during that nation's apartheid era is a tradition both noble and effective.
For more information, the CPT website offers latest news as well as more on their mission. And I'm glad to report that Cliff Kindy of CPT will be at Cornerstone Festival this year, speaking on Iraq, peacekeeping, and how the faith we say we hold might impact this violent world...
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