Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”
I started reading ”My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me” (the autobiography of Jennifer Teege) last week, before the Paris massacre. I have not finished it yet, but it seems to make a jarring symmetry of two different eras, two different terrorist acts.
Jennifer Teege writes about discovering that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the Nazi commandant of Plazow, immortalized in “Schindler’s List” and who was executed as a war criminal for the atrocities he committed.
I have always wondered how anyone could take another’s life, let alone thousands. Hitler’s Nazi Regime is a dark, horrifying stain in history.
Now with ISIS, that sense of horror has deepened. Many are calling for an attack on Muslims. Here in Canada, a mosque, a temple and a woman in a niqab have been attacked in the past few days. Hatred has no place in our society.
We are fortunate to now have a Prime Minister who can separate the terrorists from the refugees. There have always been attacks on others based on their religion, or colour of their skin – from Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Sikhs. How desperate are people that they must last out at others who are different.
In Matthew 25, Christ makes the point that when we care for the least of these, we are actually caring for Christ. How many Christians actually follow the words of Jesus – WWJD?
Twitter has been full of those self-righteous people who put fear ahead of common sense, hate before compassion. The refugees themselves are fleeing the terrorists. Too many have been killed, disenfranchised, and left to suffer. We all need to step up and replace hate with compassion.
When our own leaders (in both Canada and the US) shut their borders to allowing the refugees entrance into a democratic, safe country, then they are playing into the hands of the terrorists. It is a sad day for humanity when hate overtakes love and compassion, just as it did in Nazi Germany.