At this moment. . .it is vitally important for Americans to remember that the terrorists who kill in the name of Islam do not represent every Muslim. The loons of Westboro Baptist Church do not represent all Christians.
The LCWR does not represent all religious women in the U.S. nor do they speak for every Catholic. Nor do the Occupiers represent 99% of Americans.
Every identifiable group--religious, racial, political, etc.--has its loose screws, its hot-heads, its fringe elements. These outliers cannot be allowed to control our response to the group as a whole.
This isn't wimpy liberalism; it's simple rationality and charity.
God grant us forebearance and self-control while seeking justice and truth.
And thank you for hopeful signs amongst the chaos and evil... like the one above... and like the one below, taken as the Pope celebrates Mass in Lebanon: