Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Not Happy, Alice!

The Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick bills herself on her website as "Australia's leading author in the area of personal and spiritual development."

Her glowing review of two books* by African-American writer Alice Walker recently appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Glowing, that is, except for these two sentences:

"Her political analysis, especially when it comes to Israel-Palestine, will not please everyone. Indeed, her partisanship for the Palestinian cause might jolt some readers."  (Freedom of voice, 10/5/14)

Not happy, Alice!

Just who do you think you are, jolting people out of their comfort zones with statements of the bleeding obvious like this:

"It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multibranched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel's attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land."

[*The Cushion in the Road (Essays) The World Will Follow Joy (Poetry)]

1 comment:

Vacy said...

Clearly , after such a non-spiriitual comment on Alice Walker, Dowrick's books on personal and spiritual development would be useless to any spiritual seeker as the essence of spirituality is Oneness i.e. the foundation of justice, equality and human rights.

She doesn't get it.