There is a peace vigil on the northwest corner of College and Mulberry every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. On several occasions, a few others and I have crossed to the counter vigil on the northeast corner to discuss and offer information about war and peace. A few have accepted our offer, for which I am thankful.
Some people believe that I should stay on the west side of the street. I believe that this view is contrary to the First Amendment. In Rick Warren's best-selling book, "The Purpose-Driven Life," we are told to "speak the truth in love" (p. 146). I have been grateful for Mayor Ray Martinez always greeting me with both arms outstretched – one to accept my handout, the other to shake my hand.
I respect those people on the west side for their willingness to publicly express their views. Their action is far better than the apathy usually found in our society.
A sign that I have carried recently stated, "HONOR THE POPE – OPPOSE WAR AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and WHY DID GOD SPARE US IN WAR EXCEPT TO EXPOSE ITS HORRORS FOR OTHERS."
I bless and pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, which I believe can best be achieved by ending the war so that they can return whole in body and spirit.
I would welcome dialogue or literature by anyone who wishes to visit or share handouts. I have always welcomed information that is contrary to my point of view. Unless we are willing to try to understand how the other side thinks and feels, how will we ever achieve better understanding — personally, nationally or internationally?