In my own prayers for peace of mind concerning the Muslim community’s desire to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City, I can’t help but be reminded of Paul’s words
“There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Apostle Paul
The debate certainly is an occasion to put Christ’s teachings into practice, see the good in one another, gain a better understanding of each other’s true individuality in the likeness of divine Love and build bridges for a stronger future of mutual cooperation, love and appreciation for what each party involved in the debate has to contribute to the good of the world.