Do you remember Three Dog Night's song "Easy To Be Hard?" - I thought about it recently.
"In a North Georgia community [Cleveland, birthplace of the Cabbage Patch dolls] that values politeness next to godliness, what would incite students at the lone high school to jeer a 16-year-old classmate as she walked down the auditorium aisle, rose in hand, during the annual Valentine's Day assembly?"
The words from the song Easy To Be Hard that came to mind:
How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold
How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
In catching up with my reading last night upon returning home, I read that on Thursday night the chairwoman of the White County Board of Education's warned a raucous standing-room only crowd in the community's high school gymnasium that "This is not a time for name-calling." (2-25-05, ajc.)
I have been to Cleveland before. It is a northeast Georgia town about an hour and a half's drive from Atlanta. It has two traffic lights and several dozen churches.
Here's to hoping those "raucous" members are in the pews of one of this community's many churches Sunday morning, and that the ministers of these churches will suggest to those who profess to be Christians that they should pause to remember and consider the words of the Master and Greatest Teacher of all time who taught us in Matthew 7:1 to "Judge not, that ye not be judged."