Restraint in the Face of Challenge

Christians in Ethiopia must show restraint not do any harm against any muslims brothers and sisters.

I was born in Ethiopian and was baptized in a Catholic church. Growing up, I was an altar server and took my first communion from the current Ethiopian Catholic cardinal His Eminence Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel. I have since became an agnostic, but the values I learned then guide me and teach them to my son.

Yesterday, ISIS released a video showing the beheading of 28 Ethiopians. It was brutal and cowardice for the group to murder innocent people in such an inhumane way. It is a moral outrage. Naturally, the story has galvanized the Ethiopian society unlike any other. The conversations on social media have been both inspiring and frightening.

It bears mentioning that the Ethiopian society has lived in harmony with it’s muslim brother and sisters for hundreds of years and I worry some might exploit this incident as an excuse to harm the segment of the society.

The White House released a statement this morning denouncing the attack and highlighting the history of these societies.

Even as terrorists attempt through their unconscionable acts to sow discord among religious communities, we recall that people of various faiths have coexisted as neighbors for centuries in the Middle East and Africa. With the force of this shared history behind them, people across all faiths will remain united in the face of the terrorists’ barbarity. The United States stands with them.

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Murders in Libya

It is important that we remember that ISIS has killed more muslims than any other religion. We have to stand shoulder to shoulder in speaking against not only this atrocious act but any and all atrocious act. You have a voice and you have to speak out. I share with you the famous poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller during the Holocaust to highlight the importance:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

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