Turning a river of prejudice
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Thank you for your article “Arabic prayer stirs criticism at council meeting” of Dec. 17. Thank you for reminding us how deeply the rivers of prejudice run in our community. While Council member Rick Smiley works to be inclusive, to help bring the newer members of our community into a feeling of belonging, of having a stake in the larger community, it is sad to be reminded that those impulses toward inclusion are not shared by all of our neighbors.
We need to be reminded continually that ours is not only a Christian community, but a community that has a variety of paths to God, and one that uses many languages in prayer. If our public meetings are to be opened with a prayer, then they ought to be opened with prayers from the entire community of faith.
Thank you, Rick Smiley, for working to include all. Let’s remember the words of Franklin Roosevelt’s first inaugural address in 1933 that, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” While fear may be a natural reaction to threat, it takes real courage to be open, to turn our backs on fear and embrace the good and positive in live.