SO A BUDDHIST WALKS INTO A MOSQUE...
I, a Buddhist, am attending an event tomorrow at a mosque. Here are some feelings I'm feeling.
- •So happy that they are offering an opportunity for people in our/their community to come and educate themselves.This is in direct response to the shootings in San Bernardino and the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has followed.
- •Anxious that it will create a divide between friends of mine and myself.I have friends who I care for very much but we see differently when it comes to the issue of the threat Muslims bring to Christians and Americans.
- •Honestly afraid of the chance of violence.We live in Charleston, SC. And while I do not lump the South in together as one big gun toting consecutive redneck, Charleston is a conservative area. As word gets out about this open house, I would hope it does not draw the wrong kind of attention.
- •I feel I have no choice but to attend.No matter what I may learn about the world religion of Islam, I have to show up so that my Muslim neighbors know there are those of us in the community who support them.
- •I wish I had someone to go with me.I don't do well in groups on my own but if I have to fly solo, I will. On the other hand, if I don't have to worry about someone else's comfort level, that might be better too
- •Glad for the chance to feel like I'm doing SOMETHING.I have been feeling hopeless in the face of so much division lately. I am a tour guide and there were anti-Muslim sentiments on the bus this week and I felt stymied on how to respond since I was representing someone else's business. Hopefully after tomorrow I will be better prepared with answers.