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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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imagesBefore I leave Greenville, SC for a few months of travel and speaking engagements, I wanted to share some great news with all of you. I currently serve on an advisory council for the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville. Their latest project is the fantastic addition of the Peace House. It is a beautiful older home that has been transformed, with your help, into a place for families to stay with loved ones who are undergoing therapy. This home takes away the strain on families who have to travel great distances to visit their loved ones in therapy. I have personally rolled my wheelchair through the home, and all of the volunteers and many hours of labor have created a beautiful home away from home. Please click on the link here to see and read more about it. http://www.thepeacehouseproject.org/updates.phpimagesCAIUEHCQ

The second piece of news that I want to share with all of you is an article written in the Greenville News about the courage of people recovering after an amputation. It is a great article to read showing people with such incredible courage, and once again, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, with its accredited amputee program is in the forefront helping people to recover.


I hope that all of you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend coming up and I will be back at it soon!

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