I read on Saturday an interview on CNN with a pastor who is calling for a “International Burn a Koran Day.” I long for the day when humanity realizes we are all in this together. I long for the day when peace, respect, grace, understanding, and love are our guiding values rather than hate and intolerance. I am appalled to read of Christians gunned down by radical extremists. I am appalled to read of Christians who would burn the sacred texts of our Muslim brothers and sisters. So, in memory of all that have suffered as a result of all who have suffered from words of hate and bigotry, all who have lost loved ones as the result of extremists such as Al Qaeda, the KKK, Christian Identity Movements, or any other group that believes they have to right to hate and promote violence. On September 11, 2010, I am calling for a “International Reach Out to Someone of Another Faith Day,” encouraging us all to actually get to know those who believe different than we do rather than believing the rhetoric and misinformation of those who would lead us astray and away from love and brotherhood.
“International Reach Out to Someone of Another Faith Day”