Boy Scouts taught to embrace all faiths

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 16, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2017 at 6 a.m.

XIn the wake of the fire that consumed the Victoria Islamic Center on Jan. 28, a renewed sense of unity between faiths continues to permeate the community.

A local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America invited a Catholic priest, members of the Temple B'nai Israel, a Lutheran pastor and a representative of the Victoria Islamic Center to Vickers Elementary School to give a presentation on the various faiths last week.

The Victoria Advocate Editorial Board commends this behavior and effort to bring different parts of our community together after the tragic loss of the Victoria Islamic Center.

The spirit of optimism and charity persevered as the mosque members continue their healing and rebuilding process.

Teaching children to love each other despite their differences in faith and culture is a key part of our society's future and sustainability.

With knowledge comes understanding and eventually acceptance, said Larry Shilling, the cubmaster for the group that met with the religious leadership, in an article that printed in the Feb. 8 edition of the Advocate.

As the search continues for the suspects behind this wretched act of arson, it is important to remember to love and appreciate one another for the gifts each of us has been given on Earth.

Divided as a community, we are nothing but noise.

But together, through productive discussion, we can become the example the rest of the world needs to survive the forces that attempt to divide us.

The Victoria Advocate Editorial Board encourages its readers to seek out other faiths they are not familiar with and to learn as much as they can about them.

Our Faith section, which runs every Saturday, isn't a bad place to start.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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