We can all agree that we want our communities to be blessed with peace, patience, security and justice. This hope is expressed by Naiyerah Kolkailah in her recent Viewpoint, “Follow prophet’s example.” She speaks to people of all faiths as she calls for consideration and restraint in free speech, so that we build peace rather than provoke wrath.
Admittedly, there are Muslims who read parts of the Quran as a call to violence, just as through the centuries Christians have used their faith as an excuse for war. All three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Islam and Christianity — have both violence and peace in their DNA. They each express the relationship of the divine with the human race, which is notorious for its tendency toward aggression as well as its ability to cooperate.
In communities blessed with peace, patience, security and justice, people of all faiths or none — and the things they hold sacred — will be treated with courtesy and respect. We are fortunate to live in a peaceful and beautiful place, but even here in San Luis Obispo, hate speech happens, and sometimes hate crimes.