Blessed Are The Peacemakers

If 15-year-old Ava Lowery is an example of what the future holds in store for America, then perhaps there is hope for us after all. If you have never heard of this creative young woman—and, in truth, I had not until just recently—I refer you to an article (excerpted below) by Matthew Rothschild in The Progressive that details her precocious peace activism and the disturbing vitriol that such has inspired from some members of the dissent-ain’t-patriotic crowd.

Animation Producer Gets Ugly Slurs

Ava Lowery is a fifteen-year-old who lives in Alabama. She calls herself a peace activist, and for the past year, she’s been producing her own short animations on her website, peacetakescourage.com. All in all, she’s made about seventy of them, she says, and most of them oppose Bush and his Iraq War.

“I was just so mad about it,� she explains. “And the media are not showing the real images of the war, so I did a lot research and started my own website.�

She submitted one of her latest creations, “WWJD,� to the monthly “contagious� contest that huffingtonpost.com is running. (It’s an open contest that ranks the number of viewers for each submission.)

“WWJD� (“What Would Jesus Do�) is a powerful animation that features a soundtrack of a child singing “Jesus loves me, this I know� while one picture after another of a wounded, bloody, or screaming Iraqi child fills the screen.

“The object of the animation,� says Lowery, is “to get the following point across: Jesus loves Iraqis, too.�

Lowery ends the video with quotations from Beatitudes, including, “Blessed are they who mourn� and “Blessed are the meek� and “Blessed are the merciful� and “Blessed are the peacemakers.�

She says she’s received a lot of positive feedback in short messages back to her site. And she understands that the fact that “people are on the web, and they just let loose.� But she was unprepared for the viciousness of the negative feedback—especially the ugly sexual slurs similar to those that Cindy Sheehan has faced. [full text]

The article goes on to offer examples of this viciousness, which I will spare you here. Despite such, it does not appear that Ava Lowery has been deterred from continuing her good work, which I strongly encourage you to check out on her website (here). Peace takes courage, indeed, and Ava has it in spades! We are all blessed to have her out there.

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  1. I picked this animation up yesterday & posted it on my website today also. It sends a powerful message. I hadn’t realized that it was done by a 15 yr. old. What’s that quote from the Bible, “And a child shall lead us?”

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