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We Do Not Hate

Posted by on September 25, 2012

Good Morning!

Today’s post is a message and link from my brother Mark. Please read the following and join us in showing love to our Muslim brothers and sisters!

The last eight days have been for all of us a lesson in the power of hate and the power of social media. A spiteful American has sent a message of hate across the internet. In multiple Muslim countries around the world, people have had their very identities denigrated, and they feel hurt. Citizens, governments, and armed groups have incited protests that are damaging to life, property, and long term relationships. Newsweek responded by attributing the problem to “Muslim Rage”. A French magazine is publishing cartoons denigrating Islam and Judaism.

Just as one may have a right to spread hate, we have a right to counter that. I, for one, won’t have the country that I love represented by hatred abroad. Last week, residents of Benghazi, Libya, demonstrated in the streets to show their support for the American people. They realize that perceptions matter, and so they took the time to make sure that we understand that they do not hate us. Where is our response to them? 

I’ve created a blog called We Do Not Hate, made for one purpose alone: to send a message to Muslims around the world that we do not hate them. The blog is simply a collection of photographs of people expressing their rejection of anti-Muslim hatred. No political discussions, no polemics. Just a simple message. My hope is that people – especially Muslim people – who have been hurt in the last week will see these photos and be reassured that they do indeed have friends in America. 

If you support this message, please do three things:

1. Take a photograph of yourself and post it to the blog

2. Share the link to the blog on facebook with your friends and encourage them to share it too

3. If you have friends throughout the Muslim world who would benefit from seeing this, please share it with them [http://we-do-not-hate.tumblr.com/]

The people of Benghazi last week left their work and their leisure to spend time in the streets holding signs. What will you do?
-Mark
While that video made me incredibly sad, I am quite proud of Mark and his initiative. Will you join us?
If you do post a picture, come share the link in the comments section so we can all see it!

2 Responses to We Do Not Hate

  1. Save My Marriage

    This is such a beautiful message filled with righteousness and positivity. I have two friends that are in what one would consider inter-racial marriages or relationships (my girlfriend from Iran married a Caucasian man, and a coworker from work who is from India is engaged to her Latino fiancée). It’s awful to think that there are people, even within their extended families, that have some reservations about each of their relationships. They’ve heard snarky and inappropriate remarks from loved ones you would have thought would have supported them unconditionally. It’s just awful. I like to think that I am a culturally and ethnically tolerant person. In fact, other than the interest I have in the beauty of cultural and ethnic differences, I believe I’m colorblind in all aspects. “I do not hate” and am extremely supportive of people around the world. And I’m even more sympathetic towards those same people who have experienced and witnessed bigoted messages or expressions from anyone in the world. I hope

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