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I'll be your candle on the water...

I was catching up on the news, and a comment at Pandagon on the protests in Egypt gave me such a warm rush of happiness that I wanted to share it. 

Apparently, according to the commenter who was watching the Rachael Maddow Show, the Christians in Tahrir Square were forming a human barricade around their Muslim co-protesters so they could pray in peace without being attacked, and when the Christian protesters wanted to pray a mass, the Muslims did the same.

Whether one believes in one religion or the other (or any, for that matter), the unity and care the protesters showed for each other gives me real hope for the world.  It's such a small thing, but sometimes, it is the small things that signify something great.


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Feb. 9th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
I confess I dropped a few tears when I saw this photo:

Feb. 9th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Humans totally amaze me sometimes. Thank you for sharing!
Feb. 9th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
::nods:: I was talking to someone at a store recently and mentioned just that. Our city has been having some idjets who call themselves Christian who are opposing the building of a new Mosque because all Muslims are 'terrorists'. ::rolls eyes:: I mentioned that every religion has their extremists and that they don't represent the majority. I also said something about the fact that the Qur'an talking about Christ. He was startled and said, "You have read the Qur'an?" I told him that I had read parts of it but also studied Islam as well as the other major religions because my late grandfather insisted on it.

My late grandfather was a deacon at a Church of Christ ("I worship with the denomination that men call the Church of Christ") and he would not allow paraphrased versions of the Bible in his house. He always bought new translations as they came out and would study at least four at a time. He also taught me that they are the books of the Bible, not the verses of the Bible. If you notice, the conservatives and zealots pull verses to prove their agenda and ignore the rest.

The man with whom I was talking asked what I thought about jihad. I told him, I think that those who call for jihad are looking at verses which provide them with excuses to do what they want, rather than reading the Qur'an as a whole. He asked if I had a Muslim friend and I said, not at the moment but that I had had a Muslim girl in my girl scout troop in Nashville. I also went off on a music teacher who insisted on no religious songs in the Christmas program but Christian ones. I ripped him a new one. He flat out stated that I was wrong about saying that there are denominations that do not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. I took it to the Principal who also proceeded to rip him a new one.

We are all God's children. This is proof that some of us can behave the way S/He wants us to in that regard.
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
That is cool. :)

Actually, I'm really glad you commented - I wanted to share with you that I wrote down something you said recently on Shakesville:

"...part of equality is respecting the fact that a conversation does not become worthless if it lacks your input or the input of people like you."

I wrote that down and saved it, because I liked it so much. Thank you!
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Shakesville?? I am not the Kat you are looking for, but it does sound like something I'd say. You will also enjoy one of my grandfather's quotes. In fact, I have it on my shop.

The only prejudice I have is against prejudice.
-Elbert Fay Anderson
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you for sharing.
Feb. 9th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this. It gives me renewed faith in the power/existence of truly good people.
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
This sort of things, gives us so much hope - which is one of the messages of all the myriad religions.
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
That and a version of the Golden Rule... play nice with each other.

I found an analogy that I like this year. God is an elephant and we are all blind.
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Utterly beautiful. Would that we could all learn from it.
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
You know, I try to avoid feminist or political blogs - not because I disagree but because I got "outrage fatigue" sometime during Dubya's second term, in large part because they reminded me over and over of humanity's capacity for selfishness, stupidity, and intolerance.

So when I see something positive, and joyous, and beautiful, I have to comment. This story gives me some faith in our species :) Thank you for sharing!!
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