If the title of this post at first appears hyperbolic, read on, and it should become fitting.
This is an Op-Ed that should be universal; not merely in a viral sense, but also in terms of understanding, practice and an inspiration for future outlooks.
It is brief, but succinct; honest but cringe-inducing as we realize the anti-Islamic phenomenon has been allowed to spread and grow like a triffid of bigotry.
Most of all it is beautifully, tragically accurate.
Read. Register. Pass it on.
In my travels, I’ve seen some of the worst of Islam: theocratic mullahs oppressing people in Iran; girls kept out of school in Afghanistan in the name of religion; girls subjected to genital mutilation in Africa in the name of Islam; warlords in Yemen and Sudan who wield AK-47s and claim to be doing God’s bidding.
But I’ve also seen the exact opposite: Muslim aid workers in Afghanistan who risk their lives to educate girls; a Pakistani imam who shelters rape victims; Muslim leaders who campaign against female genital mutilation and note that it is not really an Islamic practice; Pakistani Muslims who stand up for oppressed Christians and Hindus; and above all, the innumerable Muslim aid workers in Congo, Darfur, Bangladesh and so many other parts of the world who are inspired by the Koran to risk their lives to help others. Those Muslims have helped keep me alive, and they set a standard of compassion, peacefulness and altruism that we should all emulate.
I’m sickened when I hear such gentle souls lumped in with Qaeda terrorists, and when I hear the faith they hold sacred excoriated and mocked. To them and to others smeared, I apologize. [Ctn.]