The Mobilization of Nonkilling: A Needed Global Effort
POETRY FORMAT, 1 Dec 2014
When terrorists kill people who are praying,
It is also Humankind that those killers are slaying.
When terrorists kill people who are spiritually meditating,
It is also Humankind that those killers are exterminating.
When terrorists kill people who are praying anywhere and everywhere, in a church, a temple, or in a synagogue,
It is also to the history of human killing that those killers are adding another abominable epilogue.
Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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