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I was watching some news for a bit. I felt like being nauseous, and the news is usually the best way for me to accomplish that.

The last thing I looked at was the story of the disabled man being tied up and beaten in Chicago. One news reporter mentioned that if this case is “raised” to the level of a hate crime, the four attackers could face up to 30 years in prison. Most of you have probably seen the news report but here is a link to what happened.

Chicago beating

As I watched the video, and read the report, I wondered something about hate crimes. Is not “hate” the motivator behind all crimes? People love to jump on the “No Hate” band wagon for their favored group. But is one group any more important then another? Politicians fight and babble over gun control. We can take the gun out of someone’s hand, but until the hate is taken out of the man’s heart, there will be no change. If not a gun, then some other weapon.

So we as society have decided how much hate constitutes a hate crime. And what if I disagree with the measuring rod? Does that make me a hater? Am I as guilty as the attackers in the video if I don’t agree with someone?

You are by now thinking this post ridiculous. Maybe it is. Just seems to me that it is just fine for me to hate, as long as I hate the same things you do. Just don’t let my hate leave the boundaries set by society.

But wait…what if we lived in a world with no hate, no violence, no crime, etc. Oh wait, that would be called heaven. I’m not there yet, but watching the news often makes me wish I was.

 

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Better_to_Be_Broken_Front_CoverAfter just 10 minutes of the evening news, it is pretty obvious that we are living in a world that appears to be spinning out of control. Fear, panic, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and terror have touched most, if not all, people’s lives. Sixteen years ago I experienced personal fear and panic in my own life after sustaining an injury in the Air Force Reserves that left me a T8 paraplegic in a wheelchair. There were days when my disability made me feel broken and alone. The world was racing¬†by me while I was sitting in the breakdown lane.

But I found the hope and encouragement that I needed through my family and from my God. I decided there and then to help others with disabilities to realize that life does continue beyond our disability and that there is hope to be found. Writing my story, Better to Be Broken, was a way of letting others know what I experienced, how I felt, and that it is okay to cry when we must, but laugh when we can. My story is a book of inspiration and motivation to get out and live life!

For the next two days, June 4-5, you can get a copy of my disability book absolutely FREE for your Kindle or your Kindle app. So if you or someone you know is looking for inspiring books, this is your opportunity to get one FREE.

I hope that you take advantage of this FREE promo and download your copy to your Kindle. Remember to pass this along to others who may be looking for inspiring or motivation books.

Also check out my web site at www.rickhuntress.org to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and my Blog, www.lifegoeson4us.wordpress.com

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