Just unfriended a long-time friend, a political person I admired, for posting a hateful cartoon about Muslims, associating them with stoning women, flogging gays, child suicide bombers, “bloody jihad massacres.” And here I just spent a lovely evening at a mosque with my friends from the book club at an iftar repast & was so graciously received by so many.
I registered a strong objection & soon after the cartoon disappeared. Too late. The damage was done. If your politics are based in hate, if you’re intellectually satisfied with stereotypes, if you’re not deeply disturbed by the rising tide of Islamophobia, then take a hike. I like to surround myself with those who believe in humanity. They’re the ones who change the world.