In the Bible, at Luke 10:29 Jesus is asked “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus responds with a story about how a person of the Samaritan faith (that was considered as unacceptable by the Jews) showed he was a good neighbor to a Jew. Check it out through verse Luke 10:37.
You don’t need any Christian faith experience to benefit from the story. It’s just great social studies for today’s madness of treating other ethnic and cultural groups with a lack of empathy, dignity and respect.
I am writing this letter on “Giving Back Day” which is, unfortunately, the same day The Bee reported a person delivered a hate letter to the Fresno Islamic Center. No, I am not a Muslim and I am not a Latino, even though I can speak Persian from the Peace Corps and Spanish from working in Mexico.
What I am is just a voice in Kings County calling out to my neighbors to dignify and respect all our cultures as brothers and sisters. Don’t let the current hate and madness infect us.
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“Because we are different provides the opportunity for harmony like an orchestra,” is an old Sufi saying.
Dave Jones, Hanford