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 womanâ€”and, in truth, I had not until just recentlyâ€”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-ainâ€™t-patriotic crowd.
Ava Lowery is a fifteen-year-old who lives in Alabama. She calls herself a peace activist, and for the past year, sheâ€™s been producing her own short animations on her website, peacetakescourage.com. All in all, sheâ€™s made about seventy of them, she says, and most of them oppose Bush and his Iraq War.
â€œI was just so mad about it,â€? she explains. â€œAnd the media are not showing the real images of the war, so I did a lot research and started my own website.â€?
She submitted one of her latest creations, â€œWWJD,â€? to the monthly â€œcontagiousâ€? contest that huffingtonpost.com is running. (Itâ€™s an open contest that ranks the number of viewers for each submission.)
â€œWWJDâ€? (â€œWhat Would Jesus Doâ€?) is a powerful animation that features a soundtrack of a child singing â€œJesus loves me, this I knowâ€? while one picture after another of a wounded, bloody, or screaming Iraqi child fills the screen.
â€œThe object of the animation,â€? says Lowery, is â€œto get the following point across: Jesus loves Iraqis, too.â€?
Lowery ends the video with quotations from Beatitudes, including, â€œBlessed are they who mournâ€? and â€œBlessed are the meekâ€? and â€œBlessed are the mercifulâ€? and â€œBlessed are the peacemakers.â€?
She says sheâ€™s received a lot of positive feedback in short messages back to her site. And she understands that the fact that â€œpeople are on the web, and they just let loose.â€? But she was unprepared for the viciousness of the negative feedbackâ€”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.