EDITORIAL: Defacing mosque shock to community

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In North Fulton, there is quite a melting pot of races, ethnic backgrounds and immigrants. All of them add their special gifts to our community. Asian, Hispanic and Europeans have come to North Fulton and, for the most part, have been accepted into the community.

Really very few of us are native to Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Mountain Park. We all came here for the climate, culture, schools and opportunities North Fulton affords us. And we have all managed to mix well.

That is why the senseless defacing of the North Fulton Islamic Center’s sign was such a shock. There are tensions all over the world that erupt in sectarian violence, but not here.

Outrage over the terrorist murder of a British soldier in London by two sick individuals is natural. We deplore that despicable act. But to vandalize the Islamic Center for the acts of those responsible for the atrocity in London is just a replication of the same deplorable lunacy.

Hate is a poison that can take root anywhere, anytime. We need all our vigilance to root it. The action against a mosque in Alpharetta is just childish rage vented on people who have done nothing to earn enmity in this community.

We have seen nothing in our community to justify this sort of moronic retaliation for the demented acts of others on another continent. Inscribed on our national seal is the Latin motto E Pluribus Unum – out of the many, one. That motto is more than just mere words.

It symbolizes that our unity is our strength. And our unity comes from respecting our differences. That is what independence requires. To preserve the freedoms we require for our own peace of mind, we must grant the same to others.

You ask our soldiers why they are fighting in distant lands, and they will tell you it is for freedom. We at home should not shame our valiant warriors’ sacrifices by denying to others here those freedoms we hold as sacred.