The skeptical bent of my mind didn't suddenly vanish. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.
But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves - protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.
Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted, by a welfare agency or by the Pentagon. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders.
Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted, by a welfare agency or by the Pentagon. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs. I'm hearing from progressives who understand that if we want to communicate our hopes and values to Americans, we can't abandon the field of religious discourse. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one.
He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have responsibilities. Countries like Japan and South Korea grew their economies while maintaining distinct cultures.