The roots of anti-American hostilities in the Middle East run deep (literally and figuratively). We can start with the fact that our oil (and its economy) lies beneath their sands. Couple that with U.S. support of repressive and backward regimes, the continual presence of foreign troops on their land and in their holy places, and the endless wars waged there, ultimately fueled by the geopolitics of energy. Injustices and violence caused by the oil economy have sparked a reaction from dangerous religious fundamentalists in the Islamic world. This week, ugly anti-Islam ads implying that Muslims are uncivilized "savages" began appearing in New York City subways, prompting many people of good faith from across the nation to speak out against the ads. Sojourners now plans to bring a message of love -- a light in the darkness -- to counter the hate.
What matters is whether the platform shows an intention to honor God's call for action that we care for each other as neighbors and work to heal the sick, feed the hungry and protect those in need. The Democratic platform fully embraces those values, but they are hard to find in the Republican platform.