Starting Off On a Good First Foot
Happy New Year’s!
I sincerely hope that everyone has a fantastic and wonderful year, and to that end I have a cunning plan. There is a Scottish & Northern English tradition of “first foot”, the first person to enter the household on New Year's Day will bring the fortune – good or bad depending on who the first foot is -- for the coming year. The best first foot is theoretically a tall, dark haired man. Since “it is acceptable in many places for the first-footer to be a resident of the house” I make Sweet Babou do the first footing for luck.
Likewise, I wanted the blog’s first foot to be an optimistic post – a tall dark haired man of a post rather than a huge rant. I can always rant tomorrow, God knows.
Thus, my first post of the year is one the extremely wonderful and little-reported event from October of last year. Muslims in Pakistan, in response to the bombing of a Church by terrorists, formed a human shield to protect Christians while they were attending Sunday mass.
“As part of an attempt to sensitize the public at large, the human chain was the second such event after a similar [event] had been organized in Karachi last week outside the St Patrick’s Cathedral by an organization called Pakistan For All – a collective of citizens concerned about the growing attacks on minorities.”
Here is my favorite photo from the Christ & Muslim rally held right after the Church service:
Know why it’s my favorite? Because the signs “Many Faiths One God” are most visible.
These are the kind of people I think of when I conceptualize members of the Syncretic Church of Non-asshats. Theists (or atheists, no exclusionism in my Church) who respect the beliefs of others and who understand that if there is indeed a God (which I personal think/hope there is) then S/He is not a big ol’ favorite-playing douche.
Now that you have soaked in an example of the fact the good people in the world do still outnumber the monsters and twatwaffles, may you all go forth in peace, love, and joy into 2014 and may you all strive with me to not be an asshat.