June 13, 2016


When someone says that we need to focus on the problem of an ideology rather than access to guns, it exposes an ideology of another kind. An approach to any ideology that is unbending, holding the ideology itself higher than those it is intended to serve is the problem.

In which case, Christians, Muslims and gun enthusiasts could all be fundamentalists.

This does not mean all Christians, Muslims or gun enthusiasts are fundamentalists.

Our culpability in the tragedy in Orlando is our willingness to participate in the dehumanizing caricatures of those we disagree with and those we fear because they are "other." When broadcasted far and wide, those without the capacity to discern and no community to properly filter incarnate the violent language we consume. More than the clicks and chatter of the Internet we need to pray, give, listen and show compassion. We cannot change the hate and violence without setting self-interest aside and coming together across our differences.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
- Jesus, Matthew 5:43-48

NOTE: I commend to you my boss's recent words on the subject. I also recommend you follow New York Times columnist Rukmini Callimachi who untangles the world of ISIS and Imam Suhaib Webb who provides a lovely representation of Islam not found enough in the media.