~~August 23, 2014~~
“SACRIFICING SANITY IN THE NAME OF RELIGION”
“As I grow older I’m becoming more of a pacifist. Yet I think we should defend ourselves, not in the sense of justifying murder in a “stand your ground” sense, but in terms of preventing the wholesale slaughter of life when runaway religion obfuscates the dictates of basic sanity and human dignity.”
By: Philip S. Balboni – Boston Globe
“FINDING MEANING in the tragic and horrifying murder of James Foley this week is a very personal and difficult endeavor. For those of us who knew Jim, the road ahead will be particularly long and trying. As a lifelong journalist, the path forward for me will be rooted in a renewed and profound respect for a profession that for Jim was not a job, but a calling. Was it worth dying for? No. And Jim had said that himself. But is the pursuit of shining light in the dark places, telling the human stories that would otherwise go untold, and advancing the conversation in America on issues that for too many seem remote and tangential, worth some risk? Yes. Jim’s life and his example as a skilled conflict reporter are emphatic answers to that question.
It is easy to forget as a reader and viewer the skill and dedication of the journalist. It is easy to forget, too, the risk that is sometimes necessary in conflict reporting to get the story. We read, we watch, and we move on with our busy lives. We don’t pause to ask how the sources were cultivated, how the facts were checked, or how the video and photos were obtained, even if those images are hard to forget, as Jim’s so often were.
Jim Foley was among the most courageous journalists I have ever known. When I see Jim in my mind’s eye at his final moment, which I will for the rest of my life, I will remember his incredible courage. He may be gone, but his commitment to tell the stories of war, to the mission of journalism, will live on and should remain a beacon for our profession.
I created GlobalPost to tell the very stories to which Jim Foley first devoted, and then literally gave, his life. In our sadness at his loss, we are rededicating ourselves to this mission in his honor and that of all of the other brave men and women who continue to risk their lives every day to bring the news home.”
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Nicely done Horty, beautifully done in fact.
Thank you, Valentine ….. Means a lot! From the heart …. 🙂
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To quote one of the other commenters…”Nicely done Horty, beautifully done in fact.” …to which I would say, agreed. Well said, Horty.
Thanks so much …. from the heart!!