- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Good and evil
"Sher Singh was born in India and has lived in the United States for two years. On [Sept. 12], when his train from Boston to Washington, D.C. stopped in Providence, R.I., he was arrested suspected of involvement in the terrorism that rocked the country [Sept. 11].
"Alerted by television reports, a crowd gathered outside the train station. As police led Mr. Singh from the station the crowd whooped and jeered. 'Kill him!' yelled one man. 'You killed my brother,' shrieked another. Mr. Singh, who had absolutely no connection with the terrorism, is a Sikh and wears a turban, a long beard, and a ceremonial dagger strapped to his shoulder. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident.
"Evil, in this world, begets more evil. It's self-perpetuating. And we're already seeing that in the rage against Mr. Singh and people like him. One of the reasons I believe the Christian Gospel couldn't be a made-up religion as some people think, is that it tells us to do that which is contrary to our human nature. When evil is done to us, the human instinct is to respond with evil. The result is that evil triumphs. In this case, if we responded to the terrorist attacks with evil, the terrorists would win. But the Gospel tells us to act exactly contrary to our own nature, to respond to evil with good."
Chuck Colson in "Overcoming Evil with Good: A Test for American Christians," posted Friday on www.breakpoint.org


Working too hard
"Have you managed to read this far into the morning paper without being beeped yet?
"Survey after survey shows that our mental dividing line these days isn't between the company's time and ours, it's between work and leisure. And we don't get nearly enough leisure. Polls show many American workers are frazzled, resentful, angry and just plain fed up.
"No matter what the time clock says, plenty of Americans feel overworked and that means we are. A recent national survey of working adults found that nearly one in three often felt 'overworked' or even 'overwhelmed' by their jobs. More than half felt overworked 'at least sometimes.'
"The survey, published this year by the nonprofit Families and Work Institute, found that most workers don't have time to do all their work. Six of 10 say they have to do too many things at once and have difficulty focusing. Worse, the pressure doesn't let up once they've clocked out: Four in 10 say they use cell phones, beepers, pagers or computers for work during what are supposed to be non-working hours or days off.
"The pressure to produce is so strong that a quarter of all employees say they don't take all the vacation they're entitled to so they can keep up with demands."
Douglas Kalajian, writing on "The Status of Work in America," Sept. 3 in the Palm Beach Post

Rush to judgment?
"I know that many Arabs come here for the same good reasons others come: a free and good life for themselves and their children. We should scrutinize them carefully and then let them in and wish them well. But there are other Arabs and Muslims who want to bring their fanaticism with them, and some of that fanaticism is criminal. And we should make sure it stays in the Middle East.
"Much of this does appear to be a mystery to [ABC-TV anchor] Peter Jennings, who warned against stigmatizing Islamic groups and raised the rush to judgment over Oklahoma City. But this is a figment of Jennings' imagination; commentators have, in fact, been quite scrupulous. And what, after all, if Islamic terrorists didn't do it? Haven't they done enough without this spectacular satanic achievement?"
Martin Perez in "Israel, the United States and evil" in the Sept. 24 New Republic


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