Springfield Civic Leaders Reveal the Wisdom of Abraham to Address the Crisis in the Middle East

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Marc Daniels, the campaign director of The Weed Out Hate Initiative announced that Abraham Lincoln and Springfield civic leaders weeded out hate at the Lincoln Heirloom Gardens as an act of solidarity and civic prayer for resolving the crisis in the Middle East. Children all over Central Illinois were encouraged to root out symbolic weeds of hatred.

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Any house divided, even those in the Middle East, cannot remain standing. Let us weed out hate, and emancipate ourselves from the bondage of hatred.

At 9:00 AM, July 18th, 2014 at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL, a group of Springfield city leaders staged a dramatic demonstration and act of solidarity to "Weed Out Hate and Sow the Seeds of Peace" in the Middle East.

Rabbi Barry Marks of Temple Israel, Willis Logan, assistant to Mayor Mike Houston, Bill Houlihan, Deputy Director for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and Marc Daniels, the Campaign Director of the Weed Out Hate Initiative, witnessed Abraham Lincoln address Israel and the Nations of the World.

"Eleven score and eighteen years ago, our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men and all women are created equal. All peoples and all modern government bodies strive to live up to this high ideal: Any house divided, even those in the Middle East, cannot remain standing. Let us weed out hate, and emancipate ourselves from the bondage of hatred."

In support of this event, Mayor Mike Houston issued a commemorative Weed Out Hate Proclamation encouraging all children to root out symbolic weeds of hatred. After Proclamation was read, these civic leaders clasped collectively and rooted out the symbolic weed of hatred.

ABC20 WICS aired the story at 5:00 PM that evening.


The Wisdom of Abraham "Weed Out Hate" was conceived by Marc Daniels to reveal the embedded Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln and his namesake, Abraham the Patriarch. The concept calls for children rooting out weeds and then planting Sunflower Peace Seeds in their place. To date Daniels has distributed over 60,000 packs of English language Peace Seeds and German Language Friedens-Samen to children in Germany and in the United States.

Daniels authored the book "Sät die Blumen des Friedens" (January 2011, Allegria Verlag, Berlin) in which the cultural, ecological, and spiritual roots of gardening were researched and analyzed: "The Holy Books of all three religions are filled with gardening metaphors. Weed Out Hate allows their spiritual value to spring into action from within and can inspire enemies to change their hearts into becoming future spiritual community gardeners, striving for peace."

Daniels hopes this this kind of positive civic engagement will be replicated in other communities throughout the country and abroad.

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