Can prayer heal contempt for others? My colleague Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California, posted a thoughtful blog that originally appeared on Communities Digital News. Eric writes:
It’s ironic that an essential element in healing hate was articulated so simply, so profoundly, by someone who was just convicted of a hate crime.
“That is not me,” said Kayla Norton, after a judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison for shouting racial slurs and threatening violence at a child’s birthday party. “That is not me.”
Norton was not denying what she had done. She was refusing to associate herself with something that, at least in hindsight, felt so completely foreign to her.
How often do we find ourselves thinking the very same thing; if not in response to some racial slur we let slide, then maybe some lesser expression of contempt for a neighbor, a co-worker, a family member, a politician?
Read more from Eric Nelson’s post at Communities Digital News.