It bothered me to read the comments from the Sartell “ticked off housewife.” The anger and hate she declared for those who don’t believe or think like her was appalling. Since I have moved about in this world, I know people with various beliefs. I have a fine female friend living in the Twin Cities area who is a faithful Muslim. Yes, she is Islamic and has lived in the United States for many years. I shall not forget talking to her after the attacks on 9/11 in New York. She replied the Koran does not encourage the type of behavior the terrorists promote. I believed her. After all, there are many types of religious extremists in this world, some even proclaiming they are “Christians.” Bad things have happened in the name of Christianity, also.
It was interesting the world prayers in my local Lutheran church this week included praying for many different beliefs, including those who are Islamic. Perhaps our world would be better if we tried to understand our differences. Making hasty judgments about something in a hateful fashion only perpetuates more hateful actions.
I live in Sartell, too, but rather than flippantly remarking “I don’t care,” it seems it would be wiser to have a change in attitude. I guess my caring spirit is of a different nature.