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Jun 22, 2007

Blessings,
I was thinking about the political struggles of individuals across Canada, especially those who have used personal tragedy as a way to bring light to an issue.  Specifically, I was thinking about how this pertains to me and my situation.  Why is it that when a cancer patient becomes an advocate for medical technology to be made available to them, or a family whose lives have been touched by gun violence struggle to see gun control tightened, it is viewed as acceptable, yet for taboo topics, any speaking out is seen as a sign of mental illness?  Clearly the lives of the people involved in all of these cases have been adversely affected, yet there seems to be separate classes of topics up for public debate.  One would not dare to call the cancer patient "mentally ill" for her advocacy efforts to improve the lives of other cancer patients.  The same holds true for the mother who lost a child due to gun violence.  So, why is it that when a person speaks out against abuses and racial/class discrimination in an attempt to have these issues addressed publicly, they are deemed to be suffering from some imaginary affliction?  Why would an agency waste so much time, effort, and taxpayer's dollars to attempt to discredit the person bringing these issues to the surface?  Would it not be easier and less expensive to look into the problems facing the organization and deal with them instead of trying to once again sweep them under the rug?  Hopefully, these are questions that will be resolved in the near future, since it is the lives of society's most vulnerable citizens that are being negatively affected.

In Light and Love,

Rev. Jenne Finley
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Posted: Friday June 22, 2007, 6:44 am
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