The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness. Niels Bohr
Meditation: In Uganda the opposition leader, who is a beloved musician, has been jailed and tortured because he has been telling and singing the truth about his country’s pretense democracy and the oppressive current leader who has been in power since the 1980s . In the US a person loses his security clearance when he speaks up against the current president. Abuse of power needs secrecy. Since last year a US lawyer, Jeffrey Lovitky, even though he felt deeply intimidated, has been filing a law suit against the President for keeping his financial information secret. He could not find anybody else who would have the courage to be a plaintiff in this case, as all have felt scared. Lovitky says that opposing such secrecy is his duty as a citizen. Where is American politics going when the intentional withholding of information and secrecy is becoming the norm? And when citizens have to fear when they try to have the truth come to light? We are experiencing in these days how two persons who are intimately familiar with our president’s secret dealings have been convicted of crimes. Will they now finally speak up and tell the truth? Democracy will not survive without the weapon of openness.
Prayer: God, you are truth and you bring truth to light. We pray for our democracy to not be abused by those who function based on lies and secrecy. We pray for the Ugandan opposition leader and for Jeffrey Lovitky for strength, courage and protection. We pray for all truth tellers to be protected by the people and saved from the wrath of those who abuse their power. We pray for our judicial system for impartiality and independence. God, let the truth prevail. Amen
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. Ephesians 5:11-12