July 9, 2010 - Dallas, Texas
Thank God for giving me the guidance to Join in with Jews, Gays & Lesbians at three locations today to show the solidarity, we are standing by them with them. The three locations were; Dallas Holocaust Museum, Texas Jewish Post, Yavenah Academy. I appreciate each one at each location to join in to say Amen to the goodwill prayers.
Thank God for Mike Jacobs and Max Goldblatt founders of the Dallas Holocaust Museum and surviors of Holocaust along with the members present at the Museum for joinining me for the Goodwill prayers.
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Pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas boasts of holding 43,660 peaceful demonstrations. This weekend he is staging protest against Jews, Gays and Lesbians and the Mexicans. We need to be unselfish to serve our selfish interests. Here is an opportunity to find a purpose in life and stand up for the rights of others.
Why should you stand up for others? You may find answers in the following lines inspired by Martin Niemoller’s eternal poem about co-existence;
First they expressed their hate for Jews,
it did not bother me because I am not a Jew;
Then they condemn Gays & Lesbians,
it did not bother me because I am not a Gay;
Then they deny the divinity of Catholicism,
it did not bother me because I am not a Catholic;
Then they want to look down upon Mexicans,
it did not bother me because I am not a Mexican;
Finally, they want to harass me the new immigrant,
It does bother me, that there is no one left to speak for me.
One of the most beautiful things religions teach us is living for the sake of others; seriously, when we are concerned about ourselves, and we become utterly selfish and care about ourselves in the moments of our strength, then what happens to us in our vulnerable moments?
Religions help us sustain peace and balance in the society in the times of our spiritual, physical and societal ups and downs. Living for the sake of others is not a charity or even a noble thing to brag about; it is indeed the pragmatic thing to do.
Jesus taught us how to co-exist in peace by removing prejudices and embracing every one that God has created, not just the ones who act, eat and look like us, but those whom the society had neglected. He embrace the then socially rejected prostitutes and the lepers, was that his limit of compassion?
We hope the Ministries of Westboro Baptist Church seriously consider the role of Jesus in creating a world of love and peace. I request them to ponder;
1. What would Jesus do if he ran into a HIV infected person, condemn him or bless him?
2. What would Jesus do if he had a line up of prostitutes, Lepers, Pious Pastors, Ordinary people, Gays and Lesbians, Mexicans and immigrants; hug them or curse them?
3. Should we reduce Jesus to be a partisan fellow to take sides?
4. Would Jesus agree if God were to sign a deal behind others back?
One of the gifts of Jesus was his helping us to create the kingdom of heaven on earth where every one of God’s creation lives in peace and love, without fear, and lives in unison with the cosmic universe. Can we follow Jesus and remove the fears and bring peace to all? Didn’t he say: A new commandment I give you - Love one another as I have loved you so that all men may know you are my disciples, John 13:34, 35. Are we to be known for our love and compassion -- or our hostility?
Didn’t Jesus have the power to change the world by merely saying let it? Why did he not? Did he want to test us to see if we follow him? Are we going to follow the path of compassion and forgiveness that he chose, or act out of fear and hatred for others?
Please show your solidarity by standing with the ones who need to be stood by now. Let there not be any hate for the men, women and children of the Westboro Baptist Church. We can always overcome ignorance with love and kindness – just as Jesus did.
As a Muslim, I am standing up for the rights of every human b