I was thinking this morning about a discussion that has been going on as part of an e-group that I belong to. It has been interesting listening to the different viewpoints and approaches of different people. One of the ladies was upset about an activity and its planned start time. Her contention was that because this country is a Muslim country nothing should be allowed to start during Friday prayers. She went on to accuse the organizers who, she says, are Christians of being insensitive. The tone of the post made it seem that all Christians are less, in some way, than all Muslims. Now, regardless of how valid or invalid I find her argument, what I actually find myself thinking about is what her kids are learning at home.
The Beans learn that there are Muslims and Christians in this country and in this world. They learn that Muslims are people of faith. They don’t learn that those darn Muslims are oppressing us. They never hear anyone in my house say that the US should ban hijab or niqab because if they’re going to live in a Christian country (not that the US is, but it’s no more or less than Jordan is a Muslim one) they should have to live like we do. We make sure that they understand our values, that all people are valuable and worthwhile. That MommaBean has good friends who wear the hijab and good friends who are right-wing Christians. Neither is a bad thing or something to be looked down upon.
I find myself wondering if these American ladies who speak in such a derogatory manner about Christians have thought through their own prejudices. Have they thought about the fact that their kids will be unable to navigate life in America if they are raised with disdain and disrespect for people there? After all, the majority of the US is Christian. And even those who do not actively consider themselves Christian, most were raised Christian. None of us take too kindly to having our faith and people like us denigrated. So, what do you think, is there a line between raising our children to respect and love our faith and putting down someone else’s?