Blog Against Racism Day
December the 1st is Blog Against Racism Day.
1) Martin Luther King. As a pastor, he drew inspiration from Jesus. He could have advocated violence, but he used reason and dialogue instead.
2) Rosa Parks, be at peace. I like Rosa Parks. She just got tired of being told what to do, when the rules were evil, and she used her own free will, again hurting no-one. This is a true American.
3) Vanity Fair's latest issue carries an article about Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series of books. The Left Behind series, what Vanity Fair deliciously characterised as a "Vengeance Fantasy" for evangelicals who resent being disagreed with, feature a vengeful Jesus, returning to boil the blood of non-believers, and slaughter every last one of them. Contrast this with the Jesus Christ of Martin Luther King. Mr. LaHaye's wife wrote a marriage manual stating that, for some reason, God preferred people to have intercourse than to indulge in oral sex. Needless to say, I reject Mrs. LaHaye's authoritative word about what God thinks.
On a tour of the Holy Land, led by Mr. LaHaye, the evangelicals on tour with him "chuckled warmly" when an Israeli tour guide said that the Arabs "breed like fleas," and would be driven into the desert. THAT'S RACISM. As a half-Jewish person who follows Jesus, while reading that article, I had the rare privilege of being ashamed of both halves of myself, in the same paragraph.
That's live racism, happening today, and a lot of people indulge in it. There are almost a billion Muslims in the world, and about 350 million Arabs, of which maybe 3 percent sympathise with the terrorists. I've met plenty of Arabs and other Muslims, and to hate these people I've met is satanic, just as it is to hate someone on account of their Jewishness, Christianity, Buddhism, or atheism. That's not pollyannaish; it's fact. I've seen it, I've met these people. There are heaps of Jews, Christians and Arabs in the world who are perfectly fine people, and we're all being held hostage by the violent or hateful people among us. And no religion or race is pristine, I'm sorry. All of us have that core of hateful people. If we're forced into war (as I felt we were, where Afghanistan was concerned, though not at all where Iraq was), then that's one thing; but no general, president or terrorist can order us to hate.