Wednesday, February 29, 2012
A Message Regarding Pennsylvania HB2029
This country is based on democracy. Freedom of speech is a critical tool for a strong democracy. People of all perspectives, and of any systems of belief can come together through the democratic process to decide how we want to live together, and at the end of the day, the democratic process will reveal to us a codified system of laws that a majority of the population—or its representatives—agree upon.
Of course nobody should be judged according to laws that have not been enacted through a rigorous application of the democratic process. It makes no more sense that a government agent would judge somebody according to Shariah Law than it would make sense for somebody to be judged by the ten commandments, or the code of Hammurabi for that matter.
I urge you to see clearly the folly of fear at work behind this bill, and to put it behind you. With a strong democracy, we can have a conversation about how our values and principles inform laws. We can celebrate and clarify those values in traditions both religious and secular, and we can catch on to what really matters—the power of a community with an active force of love and trust at its center. A community that sees nobody’s culture as “other,” but rather seeks to include all into the discourse. A community that writes its loves into law, and leaves its fears at the door. Thank you for your time.
chant/prayer/mantra: May my community of one join with others.
agape to all,