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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.


More Mixed Messages – 16 December 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

On December 4th I wrote about the mixed messages and the insensitivity displayed in a local freebie weekly newspaper. (See

Well, just when you think that it can’t get any worse… This week, under the banner “Countdown to Christmas” an ad (sandwiched between a picture of Santa Claus and a drawing of a lion lying down with a lamb) advertises firearms, archery, ammo, hunting licenses, clothing, trapping, optics, and targets! As though this isn’t bad enough, in big black letters this ad proclaims “Fur Buyer Will Be Here” with the times and dates, and “Premium Will Be Paid For Properly Handled Furs.” This business actually uses the words “honest” and “friendly” in their ad!

If I had any doubts that this world is in large part populated with sociopaths, this puts them to rest! Just exactly what is “honest” and “friendly” about actively promoting the killing of innocent creatures for fun and profit? Here we are in the 21st century and sociopaths trap and torture other animals for the purpose of stealing their skins! And what about all those animals who are trapped and then deemed worthless by their tormentors (stray companion animals and birds, for example)?

As long as there are hard-hearted sociopaths – like the celebrity actress who recently spent thousands of dollars on furs – demanding products of cruelty, there are those who will be only to happy to keep them supplied.

I should also add that interspersed within the ads in this paper (that actually features a Bible verse in every issue!) are sketches with printed messages such as “a season for peace” and “shalom to all our friends.” Incredible! How can they proclaim the Prince of Peace while worshiping the prince of death?!

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