It is ever so much easier to do evil than it is to do good.
Add up the mental and physical effort necessary to qualify for the Boston
Marathon. Add the hours used for practice, the complex planning needed to free up
the day and get to the location, along with the money raised for charity by
sponsoring runners. Don’t forget the thousands of details that go into
organizing an event of this magnitude. Then take one or more people with evil
intent and with a smidgen of the effort, the positive is upended by the
negative. A small number of people destroy the hopes, dreams and toil of tens
My husband frequently invokes the example of setting up a
contest between two groups. One has the task of constructing a building while
the other has the task of destroying an existing edifice. Guess whose job is easier?
The amazing thing is how millions of people don’t throw their hands up in
despair, but continue to work, build and invest in the future. The amazing
thing is how, faced with evil yesterday, so many people ran towards the danger
to help others, rather than racing away to protect themselves.
On the same day as the Boston Marathon bombings, at least 61
people died in multiple bombings across Iraq. On April 7, one person died and
more than 60 were injured when violence broke out after a Coptic funeral march
in Cairo. Bomb and gun attacks in Somalia claimed the lives of at least 10
victims in the past week. All of these attacks were related to Muslim
extremism. That news receives little coverage in American media not only
because the events took place overseas but also because it is not unusual.
Like everyone else, I do not know who perpetrated yesterday’s
attack in Boston. I do know that if there is a Muslim connection, no one will
be shocked. Yet, there are many in positions of power in America today who want
us to be more like other nations and who claim that all cultures are equally
praiseworthy. While contorting themselves in a frenzied desire to paint
evangelical Christians as dangerous (in negation of the idea that all cultures
must be respected), they support or are silent while Saudi Arabian nationals
are granted special entry leniencies at U.S. airports. They encourage textbooks
and teachers to paint Islam in a benign and positive light while promoting traditional
Judeo-Christian values as hate-filled and dangerous. They relentlessly attack
Israel while ignoring egregious Palestinian violence. Whether or not this is
relevant to yesterday’s attack is uncertain. Nonetheless, if only a few
powerful media and political personalities share those views, they have the
ability to damage the lives of millions.
My husband and I add our prayers for comfort and healing for the
victims of this crime against humanity. May God give them
strength during this difficult period.