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Thursday, November 26, 2015

We stand undivided

I know many of my Blog readers already subscribe to Avaaz (= a voice for those who are not heard). But no apologies for copying here the latest petition. Its message that love is stronger than hate is the heart of the Gospel message and the meaning of Christmas. It's the only real solution to the reign of terror. For those of you who may not be Avaaz members, please do sign up and be among those who join together across the world for love and peace.

To all those extremists who would divide us, and to our fellow citizens and leaders who must choose how to respond:

We citizens of the world have grown wiser. We see the game to drive us apart. To use horror to make us turn away from each other in fear, and turn on each other in a spiral of brutality.

And we resolve, today, that every act of hate and cynical manipulation will only bring us closer together. We, Muslims and Non-Muslims from every nation of the world, resolve to love each other more fiercely than ever before, to listen more deeply to each other than ever before, and to let the pain of each fresh atrocity committed in the names of our faiths or nations or cultures be the birth pangs of the more united, more loving world we are determined to create.

We will build that world, because the truth is on our side. The truth that we are all one people, one tribe. Our fates are bound together, and together we will rise, undivided.