Cliff Thies: Three Faces for the Future of the Middle East… we Hope
“Oh how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together.” – Psalm 133
The mosque at ground zero controversy gives us quite possibly a great opportunity to advance freedom in the world by dedicating ourselves to reciprocity. What we hope and pray for is respect for the religious freedom of Muslims, both Americans and visitors, in this country, in return for respect for the religious freedom of non-Muslims in Muslim countries. “
Dr. Thies highlights three extraordinary souls: Corporal Elinor Joseph of the Israeli Defense Force; Houda Nonoo, the Ambassador of Bahrain to the United States; and Ishmael Khaldi, a Muslim and a Bedouin, and the first Muslim to rise to the rank of Consul in Israel’s foreign service, being recently posted to San Francisco.
Beautiful examples of the idea that if you seek Peace, seek first Liberty.
UPDATE: The Right Stuff has related thoughts… If a new mosque in NYC is the paragon of tolerance, then “How about opening up the cities of Mecca and Medina to us ‘infidels’ (as we non-muslims are called)?”