Friday, March 11, 2011

A Sad Headline

Hearings on the radicalization of Muslim Americans


Even completely antithetical to the American way of life and the very values we hold to be self-evident.

A headline based on fear of the different and the other.

A headline that takes one whole group of people and lumps them together.

What about the radicalization of poor whites in the last century- by the KKK?

What about the radicalization of Jews after WW II as many sought for a homeland in Palestine?

What about the radicalization of Irish-Americans by the IRA in the middle of the last century?

Try any of those headlines and you will have a political storm on your hands.

But we demonize Muslim-Americans because a few deranged people in the Middle East planned a horrific attack.

I had thought that after the end of WW II, when we were challenged by the internment camps for Japanese-Americans, we might have a little more sense.

I guess we are still a work in progress.

Pray for wisdom and insight that we can live out our values.

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