Some hopeful news for all you pilgrims out there in this firey and fearful world. . .
Humanists Support Local Mosque in Washington State (Friendly Atheist)
If you feel threatened, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to accompany anyone who feels that their safety is at risk (e.g. grocery shopping, on a walk around town, or just for someone to talk to). If we can advocate for you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and know that you have friends and allies amongst The Humanists of the Palouse.
(note the wonderfully gracious response from the mosque)
This reminded me of a recent story on this gesture of compassion. . .
Satanists Offer to Escort Muslims in Minnesota (Progressive Secular Humanist)
If there is anyone in the Minneapolis area who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence – just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily accompany you so you can get some groceries.
Several Muslims commented,
I don’t live in Minneapolis, but as an American Muslim, I’m glad to see you guys take up this effort and help out a marginalized group. Thank you for doing this and building bridges between communities.
I am Muslim and thank you for your kind offer. It’s really heartening and reflective of how humans should treat each other. You are a reflection of kindness.
As for Pilgrims, on this day of gratefulness, when we Give Thanks to Good in Life, I appreciated these reflections by Harold Meyerson:
Thanksgiving: our Refugee Holiday (Washington Post)
Thanksgiving is our holiday of refugee commemoration. We have no holiday to commemorate the first successful English settlement, Jamestown, which was a commercial and political venture, or the first French and Spanish settlements, which were also commercial and political. We celebrate only the arrival and survival of a band of Pilgrims seeking not only opportunity but also refuge. Of the many and varied American creation epics, this is the one we have chosen to celebrate.
Whether you’re a Person of Faith or a Humanist, Satanist or Freethinker, walk in safety and freedom and have a Peaceful Pilgrim Day! (aka, “Save the Turkeys and Just Be Grateful” Day!)