Tuesday :: Aug 17, 2010

Time to help


by Mary

Enough with the posturing and the fake outrage about the Cordoba House. It's time to live up to our better selves.

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Melissa Harris-Lacewell frames this issue really well:

It's really ugly. And I've got to say, I think it's really ugly in part because of the timing.

I know it's a midterm election, so, yes, I think part of this is some GOP leaders trying to pull the last little bit of political capital out of 9/11.

But it is Ramadan. It is a holy time for Muslims.

And on top of that, in the Muslim world right now, there is an enormous tragedy.

15 million people in Pakistan are suffering and the one thing that we could do as Americans is to say, okay, rather than being exclusionary, rather than fighting over a piece of ground that as sacred and hallowed it might be in our national understanding, that instead we reach out to the millions of Muslims that are currently suffering through no fault of their own as a result of this horrifying natural disaster during a high holy moment. What that might say about us as Americans instead of having this fight over this parcel of land.

Some reports put the numbers affected as 20 million people. In order to put that into perspective, you have to imagine having most of Southern California being displaced from their homes because of torrential rains. How can we not see that we are being asked to reach beyond anger and fear and the pettiness of these fake scandals, and challenged to live up the great commandment: do onto others as you would have them do unto you?

Here are a couple of organizations that are helping on the ground: Mercy Corp, Doctors without Borders. Please do something to help.

Mary :: 2:48 AM :: Comments (17) :: Digg It!