America - Amazing and Tolerant

by LESLIE SACKS July 4, 2011
Over the past decade, according to well documented but disheartening statistics, untold numbers of Muslim innocents - both Shia and Sunni - have been slaughtered by their co-religionists.
Moreover, a growing list of Christians, Jews and Americans have been murdered, blown up, and beheaded throughout the Muslim World and beyond, often for the mere presumption of their birth religion or place.
Irrespective of one's sympathy for cultural relativities, these facts are staggeringly hard.
At the same time, in this 307-million strong United States of America, not a single Muslim (to my knowledge) has been killed in a hate crime since 9-11.  This even after 19 Muslims eviscerated 3000 of our finest, with all-too-little condemnation from the Muslim World.
This is a clear cause for acclaim; it represents a level of tolerance, civility and ultimately civilization that all countries in the world would do well to aspire to. 
There is perhaps no better manifestation of the greatness of the American experiment than this inspiring example of humanism and of the best of refined Judeo-Christian ethics.
On this July 4th, it is exceedingly appropriate to acknowledge that America is truly the land of the free and the home of the brave.
America: amazing and tolerant.
A celebration, indeed, is due. ContributingEditor Leslie Sacks is an art dealer and gallerist in Los Angeles. He has a blog called Strength and Tolerance. Feedback:

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