[ by Charles Cameron — human beings are a whole lot more interesting than was previously thought, evidence suggests ]
First, you should know that the English Defence League is, by its own account, “an inclusive movement dedicated to peacefully protesting against Islamic extremism.”
Now read on..
Or as Qur’an 49.13 puts it:
O mankind, We have created you male and female, and appointed you races and tribes, that you may know one another.
The Gospel suggests, Matthew 5.44:
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…
and I am put in mind of this pair of images, both of which feature people I learned about for the first time in just the last couple of days:
Rev. Will D Campbell is the one shaking hands with Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy after the MLK assassination, in the top panel of the DoubleQuote above. He was a rare man — as the NYT puts is, “one of the few white clerics with an extensive field record as a civil rights activist” — which naturally reminds me, too, of my own mentor, Fr. Trevor Huddleston.
C.P. Ellis was a Ku Klux Klan leader until he met civil rights worker Ann Atwater, with whom he is pictured immediately below Abernathy and Campbell.
Wait, there’s more —
The first pair of images, above, comes from the UK, and the second pair from the US. So what’s the difference?
Apparently, the Brits serve tea while the Americans sip whiskey…
Abernathy’s reverend friend is the gentleman described in the lower panel here, the one who drinks whiskey with Klansmen. Go figure: love trumps hate.
To get the full charge of these various stories, you might want to read:
Woolwich Attacks: Muslim Leaders At York Mosque Invite EDL In For Tea EDL March With Muslims In Ipswich In Memory Of Lee Rigby Rev. Will D. Campbell, Maverick Minister in Civil Rights Era, Dies at 88 The Ann Atwater approach
Of course, the type of beverage you offer on these occasions must depend to some extent on the dietary habits and restrictions of both parties…