It seems lately the news is steeped in unending reports of religious bigotry, with anti-Muslim bias driving opposition to the Park 51 community center, and now some idiot "pastor" who thinks burning a Qur'an to mark the events of September 11, 2001 is a good idea rather than a hateful provocation and incitement to violence. UPDATED: Apparently the pastor has decided to cancel his Qur'an-burning event. He had wanted to make a deal to have the Park51 project moved in exchange for cancellation. It doesn't appear that any plans to move the Park51 construction site have been announced, however.
Please, go read this: The Healers of 9/11.
In times of fear and darkness, we tend to suppress the better angels of our nature. Instead, these women unleashed theirs.
Paul Barker, who for many years ran CARE’s operations in Afghanistan, believes America would have accomplished more there if our government had shared the two women’s passion for education and development. “I can only wonder at what a different world it could be today if in those fateful months after 9/11 our nation’s leadership had been guided more by a people-to-people vision of building both metaphorical and physical bridges,” Mr. Barker said.
I have said it before, and I'll say it again, I believe women can lead the way to peace. These women already have. What we need to do is build on what they've started. Let's hang onto these two old-time notions--mercy and grace--as we mark an event that's indelibly etched in our communal memory and will no doubt continue to shape the steps we take going forward, Beyond the 11th.
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