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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Hardness of Heart – 4 June 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

The local weekly “freebie” paper, which is distributed in all the mailboxes here, serves as an example of the hardness of heart found among so-called “religious” people.

Every issue contains a Bible verse, usually from the Old Testament, prominently displayed. (In one issue the word “statue” was mistakenly used instead of the correct word “statute” in the Bible verse! Big difference!)

This paper is full of ads that read like something you would expect to hear from one of those red-neck, stand-up comedians. Right under a “Memorial Day” banner an ad proclaimed “ROASTING PIGS” in big letters. What a way to remember and honor the dead! Of course, the ad also reassured readers with the words “Natural Foods,” prominently displayed, and also “Fresh from our farm, hormone free and federally inspected.” But no mention of the cruelty involved.

Another ad for an auction says “New This Year!” and goes on with “Small animals and horses, livestock sold as is with no warranties.” Then there are the usual ads for “free kittens”….

As expected, every year this paper devotes several pages to the hunting season with articles and pictures promoting the killing of the innocent, as well as ads for guns and ammo, etc.

There are always the restaurant ads and every holiday brings out those that promote the body parts and secretions which the carnivores favor for their ungodly celebration; you know – the hams for Easter, the turkeys for Thanksgiving….

Those who remain hard-of-heart appear to live in a state of self-deception for which there is no excuse.

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Go on to: A Hoffman Helpful Hint – 5 June 2007
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