Bill Tammeus references an article in Arab News. The article ends with "Such incidents anger over 1.5 billion Muslims who want to live in peace and harmony the world over".
I hear similar words from people of others faiths - people want to live in peace and harmony but continue to speak words that are contrary to those sentiments. I found the very short Arab News article riddled with words like "resentment", "sinister campaign", "negative consequences", and "hatred in the Muslim world". Conservative Christians, of which I am one, often use similar words when they describe people in Hollywood and the news media.
If we are ever to live in peace and harmony we must find a way to get past rhetoric and find a way to genuinely love and accept each other – one heart at a time. For me, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, raises the bar for peace and harmony in the world … treating others the way you want to be treated … turning the other cheek … going the extra mile. These concepts all go to motive and, apart from His help; I am helpless and hopeless to act in ways that bring peace and harmony.
Peace and harmony – good words for this day when we celebrate the life of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.