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Page 2 POST-GAZE.'R'E, AUGUST 2, 2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. JAMES A. GARFIELD DATE OF BIRTH: November 19, 1831 PLACE OF BIRTH: Moreland Hills, OH DATE OF DEATH: September 19, 1881 PLACE OF DEATH: Elberon, NJ SPOUSE: Lucretia Rudolph PRESIDENT: March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881 James Abram Garfield became our C.E.O. number twenty, His household was poor and not one of plenty; He was fatherless at two and a real self-made man, Supported a mother as best as one can. Hit the books in search of great legal knowledge, Even served as President of Hiram College; Became an authority on constitutional rights, During the Civil War he advanced great heights. The greatest event in his Presidential time, Was the manner in which he uncovered crime; Discovered Post Office frauds and brought them to light, Then prosecuted the criminals with all of his might. After Garfield attended a national convention, He was elected President though it was not his intention; Four months later in a local rail station, He became our next victim of assassination. Earlier James Garfield met a merchant's young daughter, While she was a student at the academy that taught her; In just a few years she walked down the aisle, Then to the altar where she lingered a while. He plighted his troth and she did the same, In a matter of minutes she changed her last name; To prove that their marriage had no bounds or lids, Went to their new home and had seven kids. For the next twenty-three years, had their share of good luck, But in 1881 great tragedy struck. It was the month of July and the weather was hot, That's when she was told that James had been shot. She spent most of her time at her husband's bedside, After eighty long days he finally died; At the age of 49: No doubt this was cause for sorrow and tears. 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According to Mr. Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the record is not good. According to his testimony (and from here on I shall quote his printed remarks) Unjust restrictions on religious individuals and groups, as well as violent religious persecution, have steadily worsened in recent years. Studies by the Pew Re- search Center demonstrate that, as of 2010, 75 percent of the world's population lives in countries where re- ligious freedom is severely restricted. Millions are vulnerable to violent abuse, such as tor- ture, rape, "disappearance," unjust imprisonment, and unjust execution, because of their religious beliefs and practices, or those of their tormentors. Of the victims of reli- gious persecution, Chris- tians head the list, with Muslims not far behind. Both groups are perse- cuted in the Far East, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Strikingly, we are also seeing mounting govern- ment restrictions on and social hostility toward reli- gion in the continent where the idea of religious freedom was born - Europe. There are approximately 70 countries where perse- cution and restrictions on religion are severe. That list includes virtually all the nations whose internal sta- bility, economic policies, and foreign policies are of substantial concern to the United States, including China, Indonesia, Russia, India, Pakistan, Afghani- stan, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iraq, as well as Egypt, Libya, and most of the nations compris- ing what was once wistfully labeled "the Arab Spring." At one time there was an argument to be made that Vietnam had improved, but that seems no longer to be the case. The US Commis- sion has recommended that Vietnam, which was re- moved from the list of "coun- tries of particular concern" a few years ago because of improvements in religious freedom, be returned to the list this year. While persecution in China waxes and wanes, the government still imprisons, tortures, and generally ter- rorizes religious groups that don't conform. It still sup- ports forced sterilizations and abortions, and forbids Catholic priests and Protes- tant ministers from criticiz- ing the "one-child" policy from the pulpit. And it con- tinues to brutalize Uighur Muslims in China's north- west province, and to attack quite viciously the culture and religion of the people of Tibet. Boston Marathon Victim to be Honored Gazebo to be Named for Krystle M. Campbell Members of the Boston Parks and Recreation Com- mission voted unanimously to dedicate the gazebo on the East side of Spectacle Island Park in honor of Krystle M. Campbell of Medford. Campbell was one of three people killed on April 15, 2013 following the explo- sion of two bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. She was 29 years old. The request to honor Campbell was made in a letter addressed to the Commission and signed by Boston Harbor Island Alli- ance President Philip Griffiths, Massachusetts caf6 on the island. Her col- leagues state in the letter, "We came to know her very well. She loved being on the Islands, and it seems highly appropriate to honor her memory there." The gazebo which will be dedicated to Krystle is on the East side of Spectacle Island, located between the two drumlins, and overlooking Boston Harbor in the area called the "saddle." Summer Shack owner Jeff Dugan told Commissioners that the gazebo was one of Krystle's favorite places to go to relax. Spectacle Island is a 105 acre public park located approximately four miles off- shore. The island has a guarded swimming beach, five miles of walking paths, a visitor center, marina, and the Summer Shack Cafe. The following entities share jurisdiction for Spectacle Is- land: the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massa- chusetts, the National Park Service, and the Boston Har- bor Islands Alliance. Proponents of the dedica- tion to honor Krystle will now work with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department on the wording for a plaque with her name on it to be placed at the gazebo. Department of Conservation and Recreation Commis- NORTH END00 sioner Jack Murray, and Su- perintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area Kelly Fellner. PRINTING Their letter says, in part, "The bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon were a 5 PRINCE STREET NORTH END * BOSTON, MA02113 tragic event for all of us in the City, the region and the nation. The many people who work together to man- age the Boston Harbor Is- lands national park area lost a friend and colleague in Quality Printing for all your Krystle Campbell who was killed in the bombing, and we would like to request your approval to allow us to honor her memory on Spectacle Island." Krystle was the Catering Manager with the Boston Harbor National Park Area. She worked for five years with the team from Jasper White's Summer Shack, the Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Flyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents -- COMPETITIVE PRICES -- 617-227-8929