Beyond Right and Wrong
Yesterday, an embassy was burned to the ground, another was stormed — and four people were murdered. People die every day, in horrible, violent ways. So why is this important? Because mob-rule, mob-mentality was behind it. There were, in two different countries, enough people who felt it was not only acceptable, but right to murder and destroy over an amateur film posted to the Internet.
Thinking, feeling, sane people of the world must come together. We must ensure that no one, ever, feels that an appropriate response to the non-violent actions of a single individual is violence. I understand that mocking the Prophet Muhammad is highly offensive to Muslims, but it can never be acceptable to murder because of this. Whatever your religion or creed — insults to equal a response in violence.
These events are even more personal to me because just this week, my sister began work at the State Department in the Foreign Service. In a year, she, my brother-in-law and young nephew will be posted to an embassy somewhere in the world. I applaud her service to her country. She and her family shouldn’t have to worry about her family being imperiled because someone has been insulted.
Join me in the field the Sufi Islamic poet Rumi wrote about and that the 21st Century Hebrew Priestess sings about. Let us meet in a place where we can meet each other as people, as individuals, as extensions of the Holy One. Where the Holy One is beyond names, dogmas or language.