- Please forward to the CaoDai Club. Dear Caodai Friends, Yes, we can pray as always that true love will return to the hearts of people everywhere even thoughMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 16, 2001View SourcePlease forward to the CaoDai Club.
Dear Caodai Friends,
Yes, we can pray as always "that true love will return to the hearts of people everywhere" even though that is a distant, though hopeful, goal. But practically there is much more that we as Caodais should be doing. There is not much we personally can do militarily to defend our country from attack short of everyone joining the service, and those decisions to be made regarding a response to this act of war against our country, strong or weak, are far above our heads, in Washington. If strong, we may once again be able to secure our safety and our standing among nations, and if weak we can surely expect continued and escalating terror; either way, we the citizens will have to deal with it--but we will still have the decision on our heads to make about how we want our American society to be, for it is only us, not the president, who makes that particular decision. The president had no control over the riots in L.A. in which American attacked American because they were white or Asian and happened to be handy victims--and most of us, the bystanders: black, white and Asian, stood by and let it happen. Will we, the American bystanders, including Caodais, stand by and let innocent people who just happen to be Muslim (and some mistakenly thought to be just because they are brown-skinned), who only want to practice their religion in peace, as was the basis of freedom in founding this country of America; will we indeed, stand by as they are attacked, slurred and insulted? If so, we are the same as Usama Bin Laden, Saddam Husain, and Hitler ourselves. Instead, we must go out of our way to express solidarity with any Muslims who we come to be aware of being persecuted, and we must stand in the line of fire against them in order to defend their right to practice the religion of their conscience; for if we will not do this, we cannot call ourselves acting on American principle at all, and we surely cannot claim to be Caodais.
Most forms of Islam do not teach hatred, killing, or outward war (only war within the self in order to make oneself disciplined and pure) as the psychopaths and megalomaniacs Usama and Saddam would have everyone believe--so we should not be fooled into believing them. This should not be perceived as a "holy" war, just as Hitler's war against the Jews was no holy war in any sense. Such men only bend the minds of their followers to perceive it as a holy war in order to motivate them to take drastic, unthinking action in the "defense" of their religion. We should counteract their strategy by using the necessary defense against attack but not adding a holy war mentality to our military response, for after taking a certain level of casualties this would inevitably spill over into a blind revenge mode, which would ruin our relationships with any and all Muslim countries as well as making a cancerous turn inward against our own Muslim citizens. Witness our blind backlash against Japanese-Americans during WWII, taking away all their property and interning them in concentration camps--concentration camps in America! These were flag-waving Americans too, many even unable to speak Japanese, many who had sons in the service fighting for us. These people suffered terribly, and some never made it back out to see freedom again. My father, a German-American and as patriotic as anyone I have ever known, was also targeted by our government and people during WWII, relieved of his possessions (his camera, radio, and every knife, fork or clipper in the house--my mother could then only cook foods that could be eaten with a spoon or picked up) and kept under surveillance. He didn't even know how to speak German! He of course remained a patriotic American even after this, and until death. I only mention these things to caution you of what could happen in America during this war, and ask you to reflect on what you see happening around you as it relates to the anti-Muslim sentiment. The war will mean nothing if the whole Islamic world can rightly say, "Well, Americans just hate all Muslims and that's why they are fighting us." We will no longer be defending our sovereignity, way of life, and right to democracy with integrity; we will be crawling under the same rock with the hateful tyrants who have attacked us and killed so many of our innocent citizens, families and loved ones.
In a message dated 9/15/01 8:42:49 PM Pacific Daylight Time, HumHongBui writes:
Thetragedy in New York is terrible.
Unfortunately, people continue to kill.
True love (especially that inspiring the teaching, "love thineenemy") and justice (especially that inspiring the teaching, "Do untoothers as you would have them do unto you") that all religions teach were
strangely and sadly ignored Tuesday.
We, all CaoDai disciples, are deeply saddened and we send our deepestcondolences to all brothers and sisters involved in this tragedy; we pray forall people who were killed and traumatized regardless of their origins andreligious backgrounds.
Humanity today is in a very difficult stage, where many violent acts aredaily taking place--raising hatred, hostility, anger, and revenge amongpeople--which we strongly believe will aggravate the cycle of violence andwhich will no doubt endanger more and more lives of innocent people.
We pray that love (true love, specifically including "love thineenemy") will return to the hearts of all people everywhere and justice andpeace will prevail on earth within and without.
Love and Peace.
- Good for you, Ngasha! In fact, I have already contacted the mosque in my town, expressing support for those there who have already experienced hate calls andMessage 2 of 2 , Sep 17, 2001View SourceGood for you, Ngasha!
In fact, I have already contacted the mosque in my
town, expressing support for those there who have
already experienced hate calls and the like.
And it's not just muslims who are in danger--a sikh
man was killed recently in Arizona, and numerous other
acts of violence are being reported across the
I'm glad you sent that e-mail--I hope it helps, even a
How are things with you and yours, by the way?
I haven't heard from you in a long time..
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