Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tolerance, pass it on

The news about America’s reaction to Islam is not all doom and gloom. A few American churches are starting to show tolerance, and in my opinion, that is a good thing. Take the story of a Cordova church welcoming an new Islamic Center to its neighborhood. Instead of protesting, they offer a hand in friendship.

The words on the sign said it all, "Heartsong Church welcomes Memphis Islamic Center to the neighborhood."

"Once we put up the sign, within three days people from Memphis Islamic Center contacted us and were overwhelmed with emotion that we would be so welcoming."

Steve Stone, pastor of Heartsong Church, said when he heard about plans for the multimillion dollar Memphis Islamic Center Complex being built near his church, he knew he had to react.

Way to go pastor Steve Stone. A applaud your actions. Tolerance of another's beliefs are at the very foundation of our nation and a core value of our liberal democracy. It’s good to see it in practice.