As I posted earlier, hatred payed a visit to Wilmington this weekend. Its ugly presence came as evil often does in the dead of night, cloaked in a sheet of darkness, it did its damage and then stole away before it could face the dawn, and the light of day. It left its message on the symbol we all cherish - our houses of worship.
These modern day night riders think they are making us cringe with fear, but they are sadly mistaken. This type of evil is not new, it's been around for thousands of years. Early Christians in the Colosseums of Rome faced it. Early monks at the hands of the vikings faced it, Jews during the Inquisitions and the Holocaust faced it, African Americans faced it, Christians and many other groups face it to this day. In all these cases evil causes a lot of damage but it the always loses.
It is 50 years this year that Martin Luther King gave his "I had a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Those of us who heard it could not help but be moved by it, especially the part the states "I have a dream that black men and white, catholic and protestant, Jew and gentile will one day sit together at the table of brotherhood." Let us still be moved today to join together all people of good will and denounce what happened in Wilmington for what it is - hate.
An Englishman in the 18th Century, Edmund Burke, wrote that "The only thing needed for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." In Wilmington the gauntlet fell and it is up to good people of Wilmington and elsewhere to make sure evil doesn't win. Some of us will be organizing a rally against this blind hate, details which will be announced in the near future. It would be great if as many people can come and show unity and solidarity.