Sunday, July 31, 2016

Muslims attend mass

After too much Donald Trump, I needed a little bit of optimism today. I needed to know that there are still good people in the world. So I was happy to read this little news story from the BBC:
Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.

Fr Jacques Hamel was killed in his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen by two men who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

France's Muslim council, the CFCM, urged Muslims to show "solidarity and compassion" over the murder.

"We are all Catholics of France," said Anouar Kbibech, the head of the CFCM. ...

Muslims in Italy also attended Mass on Sunday. Three imams sat in the front row at Santa Maria Trastevere church in Rome.

Decent people can fight back against the bigots, against the haters, against irrational violence. I'm neither Christian nor Muslim, but so what? We don't have to agree about everything to stand up for a peaceful society with liberty and justice for all.

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