Friday, December 23, 2016
I'm happy to say this has been a pretty easy Christmas season for me. There have been several people who don't assume that I celebrate Christmas and have said either Happy Hanukkah or Happy holiday instead. I really appreciate that and I'm thrilled to live in a place where people really seem to care about each other's feelings. The news that I hear about people insulting or attacking that wear a hijab makes me profoundly sad and afraid for what this country seems to be becoming, but at least I haven't experienced anything like that in my area.
We had one incident a few months ago where a high school teacher who is an expert on Nazi Germany and the holocaust compared our next president's remarks to things that Hitler had said as he turned Germany into a place of hate, prejudice, and lies. Some parent complained and the teacher was suspended for a couple of days. The support that the teacher received immediately when the news story broke and the teacher's immediate reinstatement, reinstilled my faith in this area. But, I know how easily our country can be turned into something like Nazi Germany. I really hope this season can help us reflect that we are supposed to love our fellow man regardless of his customs or the clothes he chooses to wear.