After the horrendous Boston Marathon tragedy it is necessary to challenge the rising atmosphere of hatred and intolerance. It is critical that voices of moderation are heard. While we applaud that an interfaith service was held, we were dismayed to learn that the Governor’s office chose to rescind the invitation to Imam Suhaib Webb, the night before the interfaith service. By not including an Imam, all faiths were not represented equally.
It is both unfair and dangerous to assign a collective guilt to all followers of a particular faith because of the acts of a few. To do so will only incite further violence against Muslims and others assumed to be so. Now is the time for all of us, including the media, to unite and show that we are morally strong enough to place blame only where it belongs, and not on the shoulders of those who do not deserve to carry that burden.