As I have mentioned recently in this space, I LOVE the fact that blogging allows us to connect with people all over the world. Those perspectives are invaluable to me.
At the same time, the fact that I have those global connections makes me uncomfortably aware of how extremely badly the U.S. is coming off. In the arenas of ISIS, refugees, and generally being a nation of decent, reasonable human beings, too many people who hold power in our nation are showing themselves to be xenophobic, ignorant fear-mongers. I’ve read polls this week that show a majority of citizens agree with those leaders. I am ashamed.
I suppose what I want to say is that there are still many of us here who empathize with the plight of refugees. Who are not afraid to open our arms to those in need. Who have great respect for the real Islam. Who learned from the sins of our past (remember Japanese internment?). Who recognize and honor the humanity of those who are different and yet so similar to us.
On the behalf of a nation which, at its purest level, is meant to stand for freedom and justice, I extend my most sincere apologies.