Mosque Controversy Obscures Bigger Issue According to United Centers for Spiritual Living

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The media frenzy around the controversy over a proposed mosque within blocks of Ground Zero obscures the bigger issue, which is not the proximity of one piece of sacred ground to another. The bigger issue is finding common ground to create a peaceful world that works for everyone.

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As the media frenzy around the controversy over a proposed mosque within blocks of Ground Zero has continued to grow, and verbal and physical attacks against Islamic people take place, it seems that many Americans have forgotten some basic tenets of not only the U.S. Constitution, but also of civility and common decency, according to Dr. Kathy Hearn, Community Spiritual Leader for United Centers for Spiritual Living. While it is understandable that there are raw feelings surrounding the site, which has rightly become sacred ground in the nine years since the fall of the World Trade towers, it does not make sense to deny rights to groups who had nothing to do with the tragedy. September 11th was not an act of Islam. It was an act of terrorists who distort the precepts of that religion, Hearn claims.

When traveling throughout the Middle East, Hearn found that hospitality is a profound spiritual practice that lives at the heart of their religion. It stretches back to the patriarch Abraham – acknowledged as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – who kept his tent open on all sides to welcome any traveler.

United Centers for Spiritual Living teaches that there is a deep and essential unity underlying all apparent differences. Underneath diversity is the shining reality that there is only One God, One Life shared by all. Consequently, it honors all paths to God, understanding that each religion has a golden thread of truth. As Albert Einstein said, one cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. Fear and hatred will never transform fear and hatred to create a peaceful world. This human family needs to envision a world beyond what is now known; a world free of war, homelessness, hunger, poverty, disenfranchisement and terror – a world of peace, freedom, justice, caring, compassion and unity. The bigger issue, then, is not the proximity of one piece of sacred ground to another. The issue is finding common ground to create a peaceful, tolerant world that works for everyone.

Written by Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn, who is the Community Spiritual Leader for United Centers for Spiritual Living, a global organization that provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world the better place. To find out more go to http://www.unitedcentersforspiritualliving.org

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