A rifleman’s prayer

Kim du Toit is on a roll lately–that’s why you’re seeing a lot of links to his posts. Today the one of interest is on anti-Semitism. The post is good, the post it references is good, and the comments are equally good. I’ve never understood this particular kind of hate, but based on what I see and hear, it’s starting up again. Kim is seing the same thing, and he’s pretty well pissed. A lot of his readers are as well, judging from those comments.

Now, like the man said, I told you that so I can tell you this. In one of the comments, there was a prayer. Another commenter identified it as The Rifleman’s Prayer, by John Muir. I’ve tried to confirm that, but can’t. But no matter who penned the words, it’s worth spreading far and wide. One day soon, if things don’t change, we may find ourselves needing them.

Oh Lord, I would live my life in freedom, peace and happiness, enjoying the simple pleasures of hearth and home. I would die an old, old man in my own bed, preferably of sexual overexertion.

But if that is not to be, Lord, if monsters such as this should find their way to my little corner of the world on my watch, then help me to sweep those bastards from the ramparts, because doing that is good, and right, and just.

And if in this I should fall, let me be found atop a pile of brass, behind the wall I made of their corpses.

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