Monday, April 28, 2008

Disturbing on a lot of levels

The NYT has an article today about how a ground-breaking school in NYC that would have taught Arabic, similar to other schools that teach in various foreign languages, including Chinese, was shut down by opposition fearing it was promoting terrorism.

Battle in Brooklyn A Principal’s Rise and Fall
Critics Cost Muslim Educator Her Dream School
Published: April 28, 2008
The fight against a school in Brooklyn was led by an organized movement to stop Muslim citizens who are seeking an expanded role in American public life.

I'm disturbed by what appear to be the massive assumptions that were made throughout. We Christians are called to "respect the dignity of every human being" and I think, at a minimum, that means accepting people at face value without making assumptions, without profiling or stereotyping. And face it, we Christians are in the minority too. This may be a nominally Christian nation, but the key word is "nominal." The values of society at large - witness this purge! - do not match the values we espouse as Christians.

Read it all here.


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