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Invite a Muslim

Dear Editor:One of the saddest achievements of terrorists is the increasing polarization of America. In utter frustration with ongoing terrorism, the right excoriates the left for “blaming America first” and the left berates the right of responding with un-nuanced retribution. Whatever happened to “United we stand?” There can be no disagreement about the relentless pursuit of the perpetrators of terrorism anywhere. But Americans and people of goodwill throughout the world must come together on dealing with the root cause of terrorism, which is: implacable, nihilistic hatred!We must draw on our greatest spiritual resources. Humility is the key, as the seeds of hatred live within each one of us. Our own Holy Book teaches us to: “Remove the beam out of your own eye before you can see the splinter in your neighbor’s,” Matthew 7:5 and the most difficult charge: “Love your enemies,” Matthew 5:44.Who can deny that in the eye of innocents in Fallujah the death and destruction to family and home caused by high altitude bombing appear just as cruel as the terrorist attacks in New York, DC, London and Madrid appear to us?We should not retreat into “fortress America.” Instead we should, in all caution, open up by reaching out to other cultures and faiths first individually, then locally and finally globally. Let’s begin somewhere: Invite a Muslim over for dinner, surely there are some in our valley, or invite an Iman to speak at our church. Gerry VanderBeekGlenwood Springs

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