We Can Refuse To Be Enemies

We can refuse to be silent.

We can refuse double standards.

We can refuse to be enemies.

From my piece on TIME.com:

Many of us have avoided facing the unsettling understanding that religious identity can be turned to violent ends in any religion: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist. To understand religious violence will require us to understand others’ violence, and our own; then demand that our faith leaders set the example of building strong identities that are benevolent, not hostile, toward others.Along with decrying violence in the name of religion, we can celebrate the heroic acts of kindness and solidarity of more “normative” people of faith like the Egyptian Christians who’ve protected mosques and the Egyptian Muslims who’ve protected churches on many occasions over the last few years.

We Christians cannot remain silent about the horrific violence against Christians around the world. But to respond in ways that intensify fear, hatred and mistrust will never move us beyond global religious hostility. We must be vocal advocates for the rights of all religious minorities — from Texas to Tehran, from Nashville to Nigeria.

For more on this subject, see
Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? and
We Make the Road by Walking

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  • Y. A. Warren

    “We Christians cannot remain silent about the horrific violence against Christians around the world. But to respond in ways that intensify fear, hatred and mistrust will never move us beyond global religious hostility. We must be vocal advocates for the rights of all religious minorities — from Texas to Tehran, from Nashville to Nigeria.”

    I belong to, and do volunteer work for an online organization called World Pulse, in which we all get to know people from over 190 countries. You may want to check this out as a tool for international communication and understanding.

  • James Connor

    yes, yes,yes!! brought up a Quaker and having Ghandi, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are my heroes. You speak heart to heart. although the world is unfortunately mostly a might makes right. their view seems quite formidable. i see no reason for stopping a nonviolent response. we did leave Vietnam. the Afro-Americans have a better life though still a long way to go. so sometimes the non-violent reaction can change the world in a good way.