Sunday, September 10, 2006
What can we do to help bridge the gap somewhere between Islamic terrorists and US nationalists?
The middle way does not pump you up like the way of righteous indignation. Nor does anyone think the way of reason and inquiry will save the mass media from falling subscriptions.
I think every teacher and professional group in the city should take it upon themselves to pursue the middle way in regards our worries about Muslim terrorism. I suggest a small forum - in every work place - to recognize the growing world of Islam. Our workmates and neighbors are Muslims who are usually far, far from confrontational or embittered by the west.
In my classes at Caddo Magnet High School I was fortunate to have 2 Muslim teens who spoke to my classes about Islam and life in Lebanon. Both students' families were evacuated from Lebanon this summer. I think their talk and responses to questions resulted in a positive experience for all.
Just because we're not NYC doesn't mean that we can ignore the bridge building and educational efforts that will lead, we hope, to common cause in our diverse society.