Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Greatest is Love

I’ve had some trouble dealing with the recent hatred that has surfaced toward Muslim Americans. I must admit, over the last few weeks, I’ve lost faith in my country, some of my friends and even some of my family members. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but some things are very black and white to me. Basic American principles (those spelled out for all of us in the Constitution) aren’t hard for me to understand. Constitution aside, the golden rule: “Treat others how you’d like to be treated,” seems to have been forgotten by some Americans.

Good has come out of this personal struggle that has been both internal and external (when I can no longer keep my big mouth shut). I’ve encountered tolerant people, people with strong beliefs who are able to stand by those beliefs and still be empathetic. That gives me hope. I’ve seen friends put their neck on the line for a culture they don’t pretend to understand for no other reason than that we’re all human and we’re all deserving of love. No matter what religion you practice, I believe that’s the greatest demonstration of mirroring God’s love that I’ve ever seen.

So, keep it up, strong and understanding people out there! We need more like you. And for those opposed to how I feel on certain issues: I’m done fighting. I’m done debating. Because, unfortunately, I’ve learned that some people have walked down the path of ignorance for too long to turn back.

3 comments:

  1. I was so shocked to see my friends on Facebook supporting the anti-Muslim things going on recently. I can't imagine how anyone could still be so ignorant, let alone any of my friends.

    Way to fight for what you believe in!
    I love you! :)

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  2. That Facebook post I made the other week was prompted in part by a comment from a new co-worker (self-proclaimed conservative). We were discussing a publicity campaign Bohlsen is working on from a 9/11 author, and how they (at first) chose to ignore his comments on not building the mosque. I said it's likely they avoided the subject because it was so controversial, and my coworker just looked at me blankly and said "Why would it be controversial? I'm pretty sure everyone in the country feels the same way."

    I told her that no, not everyone feels that way. To that, she argued that "They already have another mosque down the street" and "Why even build it that close," among other things. I tried to explain to her my view of how it would be a statement to those who have been discriminated against and persecuted because of 9/11. She said "I don't think it's true that they have been."

    That was one of the most ignorant things I've ever heard. If any one person who is anti-mosque would have gone through what most Muslims did post-9/11 it wouldn't be an issue.

    I'm sorry for that Facebook 'friend' and his comments. He's a friend of my brother-in-law, and I chose to ignore it. I wouldn't want to take any power away from that statement by addressing his ignorant arguments.

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