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.