This morning when I woke up and heard the news I was disgusted. NPR reports that Donald Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States (even US born citizens). Really? We actually have a presidential candidate who says ban people of a certain religion from our country. Wasn’t this country founded by people searching for freedom of religion?
I stood listening to the xenophobic hate speech with disbelief. I was speechless. All I could think was that if this man becomes president, then all is lost. How can our world have become so twisted?
Then I opened Facebook and saw a tiny miracle. There was a post from an acquaintance of mine. Her 14 year-old daughter had posted the following:
We are starting a tradition of dedicating our lights (Channukah means “dedication) to those that need a miracle. Today, in response to Donald Trump’s horrific statement, and much more, we lit our candles in support of and with love for all Muslims. We of all people should recognize xenophobia. I am reminded of Martin Neimoller’s “First They Came For..” So dear Muslim brothers and sisters, tonight we light for you, and pray that the miracle of Channukah will extend to you and be a light in the darkness.
If we can’t look our neighbors in the eye and get to know who they are as people, if we start to ban people of a certain religion, if we blame all our troubles on one group, then we are no better than the Nazis of the 1930s. We need to see our commonality as people, not our differences of faith. I am starting to think that the world hasn’t learned a damn thing since the camps were liberated in 1945.
I whole-heartedly agree with my friend’s daughter. Can we send her post viral before the end of the week? The world needs another miracle. Let acceptance and love be the miracle of 2015!