There are some who willfully minimize and discriminate against those of faith, creating a new class of victimized people. Whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian, of other faiths or of no faith, we carry many common goals such as civility, mutual respect, love, service and the common good.
Many of our forefathers came to this country to have religious freedom insured by establishing in the constitution’s First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
We can choose to be offended and negatively react to religious beliefs and practices, or we can choose constructive tolerance, enhance understanding, act with civility and exercise unity as neighbors and citizens.
Just as we celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity, let us also celebrate diversity in religious beliefs and practices.