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The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America Book Review

I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but there is one song that to me forever feels relevant: Carefully Taught, from the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. One of the verses is as follows:

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear/You’ve got to be taught from year to year/It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear/You’ve got to be carefully taught

Mohammed Al Samawi was born in Yemen. Raised in a religious Muslim family, he was taught to believe that Judaism, Christianity and anything in general belonging to western society was inherently evil. Then, at the age of 23, he received a copy of the New Testament. This small action started him on a journey of not just acceptance of others, but ultimately forced him to leave his family and his country and make a new life in America.

This book is mind blowing. I had a number of thoughts as I read this memoir. The first thought is that we can overcome prejudice and hate, if we are willing and we have the opportunity. The second thought is that his story feels like it could belong to anyone, regardless of faith or family background. The final thought is that hating someone because they are different feels like a waste of emotions and energy. We only get one spin on this on planet, why waste it hating someone else when you could just go about your business?

I absolutely recommend it.

 

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Something Wrong

In world news, Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese wife and mother who is eight months pregnant with her second child has been sentenced the death. Her crime: converting from Islam to Christianity.

Despite the fact that Sudan has secular laws that permit religious freedom, Sharia law is the law of the land. According to Sharia law, because Mrs. Ibrahim’s father is a Muslim, then she is a Muslim. By converting to Christianity, she is guilty of apostasy.

There is something wrong here. Maybe I feel so strongly about this case because I am an American, because I know what it is like to be open about my faith and pray freely.  When it comes to one’s religion, whatever one may believe, I’m all for living and let living. There is more to worry about in life than another’s religious beliefs, if they have any.

But what I take offense to,  is the demand that if one does not covert to or believe in another’s religious beliefs, then their life is worthless. Too many have died because they would rather remain true to their own religion, than submit to the religion of their neighbor or their government.

There is something wrong here.

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