Those who hate during a pandemic do not practice their faith

The Golden Rule.

Pick any religion and the message is clear.

For Christians, the Gospel according to Matthew states “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”

For Muslims, one Hadith asserts “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike being done to you, don’t do to them.”

For Jews, the Torah proclaims “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

For Hindus, the reminder is “If the entire Dharma can be said in a few words, then it is — that which is unfavorable to us, do not do unto others.”

It’s not surprising but nevertheless sad to see that people throughout the world are forgetting the Golden Rule as the deadly effects of coronavirus continue. The dangerous and selfish attitude suggesting “our” resources to fight the virus should be reserved “for us” runs counter to every major religion’s affinity with the Golden Rule.

And yet those violations are everywhere.

The Diplomat documents acts of hate by Muslims directed at Christians and Hindus in Pakistan. The Washington Post reports Muslims find similar hatred in India. Al-Monitor states Arabs face discrimination in Israel. And of course racism directed toward Asians because coronavirus began in China remains a daily occurrence in the U.S. and elsewhere.

But if the shoe were on the other foot.

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