Just wanted to check in on your awesome thread!
Talk about denying ignorance!
If more people we're open to others not like them,
the world really would be a better place! (again)
I have thought about this thread alot today.
I feel you have hit upon a major problem we face as americants.
For instance, in my backwoods state, it seems to be pure fear
of others that drives this extreme paranoia against other faiths & people.
Only by exposing others as human beings like us- as you are
doing here- will we ever progress past war, division and hate.
Now you see why my hope for man is severely dampened.
We must enjoy being like this, for we cover it up and call it patriotism,
and use any excuse in the book to avoid being civil and show
genuine concern for others. I dont see this ever changing much.
All we care about is ourselves and whether our taxes will be raised or not.
There are no muslim people around here.
Wonder why, with all the paranoia towards them!
If there are any around here, you would never know it.
They probably are afraid/ashamed and hide out in their houses like I do,
because I am not only ashamed of my own, I am mostly
appalled at this sheer lack of compassion shown towards "others",
by people suppposedly proclaiming to be "christ like"!
I think we either just like to be paranoid, or we really know no different!
It makes us feel all righteous and stuff and above anyone else I suppose.
This is such a red state, that we consider all muslims "kooky",
"terrorists" or just plain bassackwards!
Heaven help anyone different who moves here!
But mormonism isnt kooky?
It really is just an extreme form of arrogant ignorance!
We couldn't even fathom the idea it may be partly US and
our blatant arrogancy, racist attitude and sheer hypocrisy.
Evene though we loudly proclaim to not be racists!
We do not know how not to be, for it is ingrained in schools,
churches(especially) and every home far and wide,
taught proudly to generation after generation. Same-o, Same-o.
Kudos to you my friend for paying it forward so to speak!
You dont know how much we ALL need it! Thank you!