August 16, 2010

Time to help

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.

Posted by Mary at August 16, 2010 11:54 PM | International | Technorati links |
Comments

we should help those who are in need in Pakistan its really a sad time for those people who are hit by natural disaster fishing was the main source of there income

Posted by: Nathan at August 17, 2010 03:51 AM

The best way to repair America's image abroad is precisely through acts of charity and kindness like this, most of the villagers their have skewed perceptions of the US which can easily be changed through the delivery of aid.

Steve-

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Posted by: Steve at August 17, 2010 11:31 AM

This is just the latest version of the right-wing's "separate but equal" strategem, last time racial, this time religious, with the "equal" referring to those in our society viewed by right-wingers as inferior, second-class citizens, who should be kept "separate."

Posted by: The Oracle at August 17, 2010 08:34 PM

We need to be neutral, they are also our kind, everybody's the same, let's try our best to help them.

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Posted by: Brian James at August 19, 2010 11:58 PM

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Voting in Australia starts right now

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Posted by: ccoaler at August 20, 2010 01:53 PM

You inspired a post, Mary. Thanks.

Posted by: Cujo359 at August 23, 2010 07:38 PM