The Religion of Fear

Beware of those
who make their living selling fear
as doctrine,
an unholy dogma
turning houses of prayer
into dens of thieves.
This fear they sell
takes many forms -
fear of decline;
fear of the other;
fear of the unknown;
fear of their manufactured enemy
     who seeks to
        ruin our lives,
        take our things,
        eliminate our advantage,
        end our dreams,
        transform us into them;
Fear lies!
Fear turns us against one another.
Fear destroys us all from within.
Fear runs counter to the ways of love.
Fear is the enemy.
Let this be clear
in the words we speak
and the lives we live,
fear has no place
in the call of Love.
- bshivers

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