A friend posted this on Facebook. It’s a blog of images of Americans saying something which we should not have to say, but which today‘s ignorant coverage reminded me more than ever we must say: We are America and we do not hate Muslims. I joined in evincing solidarity by posting making this image my profile picture on Facebook:
It is so desperately important that we stop the flow of hate towards Muslims and Muslim Americans, as we failed to stop its flow after 9/11. We are all family and we cannot treat each other as any less. We will not.
(You might remember I did something similar 12 years ago).
“Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.”–Gerard K. O’Neill, 2081