Sunday, November 16, 2008

Popping the liberal bubble








During the past few weeks I have been feeling so proud that I live in a country where people care about civil rights and are able to elect the strongest candidate for president regardless of his race and that all types of people, all over this country, have rallied in support of gay marriage. People have shown that they believe that all law abiding citizens are entitled to the same rights and privileges.

I live in one of the more liberal cities in one of the most liberal states, and I am proud of this fact and grateful to live here. I am also a Jew and my city has a sizable Jewish population. I became complacent. Living in my liberal bubble, I believed that racism, bigotry and antisemitism happened in other (less enlightened) places, but not here -- Not here in Newton, where the public schools are closed for the Jewish holidays and not here where we give truckloads of food to food pantries and knit mittens and hats for the homeless.

But despite the open minded values and world healing actions of my synagogue, some person decided to spray paint a Swastika to the entry sign of my synagogue.

Let this be a reminder to all of us that we should never take our freedoms for granted. All over this nation we need to continue to fight hate and denial of civil rights, because if we are threatened here in this liberal bubble of Newton, MA, we know that the rights and freedoms of all are at risk in this country.

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6 comments:

Monica said...

I'm so sorry that that happened to your synagogue. Hopefully it won't happen again. I read that article and I think it's great that the mayor and the pastor came to the temple's service.

Virtuous said...

That makes me so mad!! And you are right there is some much hate that we can't let it go unnoticed!

Ana said...

I'm appalled!! I thought that sort of thing was pretty much confined to the South nowadays and the third act of 'Driving Miss Daisy'.

I guess we still have a long way to go...

jenfromRI said...

Oh my. That's awful. I certainly hope it never happens again. You're right about living in a very liberal place; that sort of thing kind of takes you by surprise, to put it mildly.

Laura said...

things like this make me really sad. im an orthodox christian, and my best friend for years has been a jewish boy (well he is a man now, he is 36) and everytime i read or know about something like this, i take it very personal. why cant people love others instead of hate. offend and hate people they dont even know.
nice blog, i came here thru facebook group. god bless you

Karin said...

Right on! Unless someone creates an "Ignorance Pill" everyone else must be vigilant. So glad to have met you...it feels oddly fated :-)