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Jesus Without the Junk: ‘Love Thy Neighbor”

Whoever said, “Intolerance breeds hatred,” hit the nail on the head.  Hatred of others because they are “different” is acted on in most cruel ways all over the world.  Just open up any newspaper or magazine and start reading.
Recently, I came across stories of billboards put up by a group of Atheists who obviously put no value on human life, not even their own.
One billboard in Philadelphia (the city of brotherly love) has left most people in shock.  The billboard says, “Slaves, Obey Your Masters.” Included on the billboard was a scripture—Colossians 3:22.  It shows what is meant to depict a slave and he is wearing a metal collar.  The billboard was erected to protest the State House designating 2012 as being “The Year of the Bible.”  Of course, the scripture is being misinterpreted. This same organization paid for another billboard in New Jersey.  It read, “You know it’s a myth.  You have a choice.” The billboard was one block from a mosque and the wording was in English and in Arabic, with the word Allah on the left side.  The billboard was put up in deeply religious neighborhoods in an attempt to gain followers.  Naturally, many found both billboards very offensive.
Thank the Lord this did not start race riots, cause destruction of lives, businesses and more because of the hatred that spilled across the sky for thousands to see.  While trying to make their “point,” disaster of mega proportion could have taken place.  Hatred has no reason and therefore cannot “think.” While objecting to what they felt was discrimination, they did not stop to think they were possibly putting their own lives in danger if there had been fallout from the billboards. By the way, who issues the permits in these cities that allowed these billboards to go up?  —No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography