Friday, September 11, 2015

Quote of the Day

One might wish to ignore Bashar al-Assad's mass murder or the Islamic State's barbarism or the continued crimes against humanity in Darfur. And one might think, What business is it of ours to worry about injustice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Ukraine, or the Central African Republic? Or about attacks against Muslims in Burma or the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe? Or the seemingly endless war between the Israelis and Palestinians? Shouldn't we focus on the injustice in our neighborhoods and local communities, or even among our fellow Christians?

The attacks of 9/11 highlight one of the many problems associated with this type of sectarianism. Those who believe in creating a more just world cannot ignore those suffering abroad. There is no location on Earth excluded from solidarity. There can be no place where we can justly have a "human-rights-free zone." National borders are not meaningless, but they can never negate human dignity, and they should never act as barriers to solidarity.

– Sarah Christian
Excerpted from "The Enduring Lesson of 9/11:
We Are One Human Family
National Catholic Reporter
September 11, 2014

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Remembering September 11 and Its Aftermath
Let’s Also Honor the “Expendables”
Rebecca Solnit on How 9/11 Should Be Remembered
The Tenth Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq
Something to Think About – September 11, 2013
In Mychal Judge's Heart "There Was Room for Everybody"
Kittredge Cherry on Mychal Judge, the "Gay Saint of 9/11"
Before (and After) the Poison
Karen Armstrong on the 9/11 Attacks: A “Flagrant and Wicked Abuse of Religion”
9/11: Seven Years On
Thoughts on Prayer in a "Summer of Strife"

Related Off-site Link:
The Stories Americans Tell About 9/11 Leave Out Discrimination Against Muslims – Deepa Iyer (The Guardian via Common Dreams, September 11, 2015).

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