Sunday, September 19, 2010

More perspective -- and compassion -- needed

 New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, alarmed by American Islamophobia, has apologized on behalf of Americans for the excesses of some of them.  My readers will not be surprised that I agree with much of what he says.  Rather than repeat anything from his column, I suggest that you readers, if interested, go have a look at the hundreds of comments, just to get a feeling for the conflict is going on in America at the moment.  I thought the comment on apologizing for the Ku Klux Klan was particularly a propos; it is within  living memory that this terrorist organization claimed to be the essence of American Christian values.  Senator Byrd, a Klan member in his youth, just recently died.  He had the decency to apologize for his involvement in that movement.  I can’t recall anyone standing up in the comments section and either defending the Klan  or agreeing that an apology was appropriate.  It always looks different when someone wants to associate us with something pretty loathsome, on the basis of a label.

Now might be a good time to have a look, or maybe a second look, at this.

Let's have some of that tough-minded compassion, yeah.

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