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Sunday, September 8 2002

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Tolerance

Ludicrous is a common reaction when people learn that the hijackers on September 11, 2001 did it in the name of Allah, their God. We of the Judeo-Christian faiths can't understand how anyone can justify such carnage against innocent human beings and do it believing they will become martyrs. They, and probably we, believe that God and Allah are two distinct deities. However, we, Christians and Jews, trace our faith back to Abraham, as do the Muslims. And we all probably agree that Abraham worshipped only one God. What happened? Whose God or Allah is the true one? Of course, we Christians believe that we do worship the true God. And, of course, the Muslims believe Allah is the true deity and are more than willing to lay down their lives for Allah. They consider us infidels and our opinion of them isn't any better. With such hostile feelings toward each other, how can we ever expect to live in peace?

We Christians adopted Judaism and adapted it to the teachings of Christ and are so totally convinced that we only know the way to Heaven that we feel it our obligation to convert the world. Unfortunately for us, the Muslims believe just as strongly that they are right and would like to convert the world to their faith. This isn't to say that Christians, Jews, and Muslims can't live and work together in harmony because they do it every day in the United States and in many other parts of the world. However, each faith has its fringe elements that fester with intolerance and resort to acts of terrorism. For instance, the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and anti-abortion groups commit acts of violence against innocent people and do it in the name of God. Likewise, there are fringe groups of Judaism who commit so-called revenge murders in the name of God. And we know all too well what the radical Muslim groups have done in the name of Allah. We can dismiss these fringe groups as misguided radicals, but I believe that for every small group that resorts to violence there are many more who harbor the same feelings but don't act on them. Unless or until we can learn to tolerate, if not accept, differing beliefs, we are doomed to more and more acts of violence.

19 Things That It Took Me 40-
Something Years to Learn
(series)

11. Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.

12. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

13. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

14. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

I've learned that

...life sometimes gives you a second chance;

...you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back;

...if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

Sent by Sallie Covolo

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