Rev. Emily C. Heath

Today I am praying for my Muslim friends and extended family. Because I know they are afraid.

We don’t have any official confirmation yet whether or not the two brothers who Boston Marathon bombers are Muslim. There are many reports, though, and already anti-Muslim statements are being made.

It doesn’t matter that the youngest son reportedly drank and smoked pot, hardly the signs of an observant Muslim and certainly not the mark of a radicalized Islamic terrorist. It doesn’t matter that their uncle is standing on his lawn having to proclaim his love of this country because no one believes him. It doesn’t matter that a cousin is an Army soldier. Some people have already decided that these actions are related to Islam.

And here’s the difference between being Christian and any other faith in this country. Had the bombers been Christian, I wouldn’t be afraid to go out tomorrow. [Read more…]