I have been saddened by the current fear-based climate of hatred that originates with a fear of terrorism, and is mistakenly directed toward all Muslims. It is assumed that to be a Muslim is to be a terrorist, and this false belief is fueled by the propaganda of the religious and political right wing. Yes, I'm sure there are a few fanatic Muslim people who bend their interpretation of the Quran to justify their own fear-based hatred, just as there are some fanatic "Christians" who bend their interpretation of the Bible to justify their own fear-based hatred. But like most Christians, most Muslims are peace-loving people who only want the freedom to live in peace, to have a safe life with their families and friends, food on the table, places to pray, places to meet with their community to share those things that bring them together.... education, faith, recreation, the love of God and of life.
Now, on the anniversary of the 9/11, I ask you to take a few minutes to open your minds and hearts, and watch this talk by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the community that wants to build a community center (which will include a Mosque - a place of prayer) a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York.
If you have any concerns about the building of this community center ..... please watch.
If you have little knowledge of the Muslim religion ..... please watch.
Please just be open enough to learn something new about a man - and a people - who may have been represented in the media as someone to be feared. I think you will find him to be a gentle and kind-hearted man, and you may be pleasantly surprised at what he has to say about his religion.
This country was founded on principles of freedom of religion and on the idea that all men are created equal. Can't we leave our fear-based projections behind and actually listen to one another now? I know we will find that we are more alike than we are different.
Why Not Be Polite?
Is God speaking.
Why not be polite and
"Are You Seeking Light or Just Dancing With the Dark?" ~Peter Newton
"The first sign of realization is tolerance towards others." ~Hazrat Inayat Khan
"What is the real work to be done on this planet?...It’s to make ourselves more aware, to remind ourselves that our essential nature is nonviolent, and to increase the amount of compassion and cooperation on the planet." ~Harry Palmer
"We remind you that the only forces at work on this or any other plane are love and fear, and that little as you trust it, love is the stronger." ~The Michael Teachings
“Unless we know the value of other religious traditions, it is difficult to develop respect for them. Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony. We should strive for a spirit of harmony, not for political or economic reasons, but rather simply because we realize the value of other traditions. I always make an effort to promote religious harmony.” ~Dalai Lama