Still fighting ignorance.

I was over at one of my very favorite sites on the internet, Symphonic Discord which I talked about here.  One of the very talented writers, Constructive Attitude brought attention that a church is planning on burning the Qu’ran in memory of 9/11.  I couldn’t believe this.  Everyone from all religions should be outraged by this.  You can see the story here. As I was taking a look around I got nauseas.  I was looking for websites, petitions, and people who speak out against this horrific, hate filled “church.”  I found very little.  I think they are doing this for attention.  I was planning on writing them an email to tell them what I thought of them, but I think that’s what they wanted so I am not.  I am sure it wouldn’t do any good anyways because there hearts are so filled with hate I’m sure they wouldn’t be able to listen to logic.

It makes me crazy as a human being but mostly I think about the wonderful kids that I teach that are Muslim.  They are wonderful kids, no different than any other.  I know their religion is not filled with hate.  They are great, from great families.  I had one little girl this past year that was so eager to learn that she would come in each day with pages of homework that she had made up herself.  I had another little girl that was so attacked for wearing a hijab that she was ashamed to wear it.  Kids are not born with hate in their heart, that is something that is taught.  I hope that there are more people teaching love and acceptance than hate.

Thank you to Symphonic Discord for combating hate speech with truth and educating us.  The antidote to hate speech is more, intelligent speech.

**Edit**

Constructive Attitude sumbitted this comment after reading this post:

Thank you for your kind words Kate.

And I am very glad to know that you went out searching for people that were against this, and protesting against this hateful crime. it is extremely unfortunate that people are not. Also I think it would be a great idea to write these people a letter expressing your thoughts. It may not do much, but it’s worth the effort to try.

It helps knowing that other people are spreading awareness about this.

Again thank you.

I am heated about this.  Although it is not my faith, I believe it is our responsibility for us to stand for one another and it reminds me of a poem that has been my favorite for as long as I can remember.  What a sad day when we don’t stand up for one another.

“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

So, I decided that even though I don’t believe what I have to say is going to make any difference (except get some people to my site that are filled with hate) but they have the freedom to do this and so I am exercising my freedom to speak out against it.  I created this blog to put something out there that was filled with love, tolerance, peace, and education.  Please check it out, especially what you can do to support the Muslim faith.  There are 7 ideas of what you could do…do 1 or do 7…just so SOMETHING!!  They are easy and won’t be time consuming at all, I promise!  It takes so little and I believe it would mean so much to me if the situations were reversed.  If there is so much hate and ignorance out there we have to counter attack it with messages of love and education.

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7 Responses to Still fighting ignorance.

  1. Thank you for your kind words Kate.

    And I am very glad to know that you went out searching for people that were against this, and protesting against this hateful crime. it is extremely unfortunate that people are not. Also I think it would be a great idea to write these people a letter expressing your thoughts. It may not do much, but it’s worth the effort to try.

    It helps knowing that other people are spreading awareness about this.

    Again thank you.

  2. Stacia says:

    Wow, how very ignorant of that “church.” No loving God, from any religion, would espouse something like that.

  3. Linda at Bar Mitzvahzilla says:

    Kate, thank you so much for visiting my blog today! I came on over here and love what I’m reading as well! I can totally relate to no tolerance for intolerance and hats off to you for being able to eve watch fox to monitor it. It’s so filled with hatred that I can’t watch it.

    About the weight post, that really touched me. I follow a bunch of incredible weight loss bloggers on my site, mainly because I once was heavy and, even though I’ve been in a 12-step program for it for ten years (similar, I think, to the Geneen Roth book?) I will always be a compulsive overeater, no matter what I look like on the outside.

  4. Vince says:

    It is indeed sad that people that profess to be Christian don’t know the meaning of the words “Love your neighbor as yourself”. And how would they feel if a Muslim burned the Bible? Exactly. They don’t even realize it is the same thing.

  5. Peg says:

    I so agree with you. I don’t understand churches of any faith that profess Chrisitianity and then spout hate, venom and intolerance. This is so unacceptable. That’s why so many people turn away from organized religion. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Mark says:

    It is amazing how limited the thinking of some people is. It is even more amazing that a church which professes love of fellow man could be so short sighted and arrogant to take this kind of action. May they find wisdom and love and may we find compassion for those who have such a limited view of the world.

  7. Reem says:

    I agree with you. The saddest thing of all is as you stated, hate is taught to our children. It is not something natural. I really wish we could education our youth in empathy, love self-expression without demeaning others, and human equality.

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