As we Christians approach The solemnities of The Nativity of the Lord and Epiphany, we have to remember what we fundamentally believe and why… Pluralism and the freedom to worship as one sees fit; these, above all else were the fundamental principles of the founding Fathers and America; the single most essential concepts that drove so many Christians to leave their homes and take on the risks and rewards of life in the “New World.”
And now today…what’s happening today? This isn’t about faith, race or place but about extremism. That is what we are fighting… And we are all fighting it — especially those who have most recently left their native lands to seek the promise of “The New World.” So don’t replace extremism with a whole other form of extremism. For us to hold all people of Muslim faith responsible for the acts of ISIS is like holding all the rest of us responsible for the ignorance and extremism of the Westboro Baptist Church.