Jerome's remarks chime with me after my experiences this Saturday, when, as part of Whitehaven UK town (the only place in the UK to have been attacked in a guerilla / terrorist raid by the American Navy, but we'll forget that, Mr. Jones...) we were treated to a tour of a few of the town's churches.
In many UK towns now, doubtless mosques and temples might have been on the tour, but we covered a lot of the spectrum, from dour-ish Presbyterian/Nonconformists via Anglican 'Happy-Clappy' Low Church and Anglican High-ish Church to the visually stunning Roman Catholic Church, which is still operated by Benedictine Monks as a 'mission' from their very distant abbey.
The common denominator in all this denominational diversity was very obviously the sincere faith; goodwill and tolerance of all those who met us and proudly showed us their places of worship and explained a little of their faith and even let some of our number have a try at ringing some changes on all their bells.
For some TSE-content, suppose The Hippopotamus comes to mind - but what's the Biblical fragment - In my House there are many mansions.......etc.
It was an all the absolute antithesis of bunker-mentality and hatred and bigotry, which is why I mention it here.
(I can well understand Mike's discomfort in having to live in a far kess diverse and tolerant society.)

On 13 September 2010 01:57, Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I thought you may enjoy this.  My husband and I take care of three cats, all abandoned.  Two live in our yard,
Charlie and Jack.  We've officially adpted them.  There's a long story how we came to adopt each cat, but that's not the point. We can't bring the cats into our home because of the great Mimi, our pooch, but they have a nice life outside. It's Florida after all.  There's a sofa under the house where they sleep and they receive a nice breakfast and Dinner.   During cold nights last winter, we put them in my car with a heating pad. There's another cat that lives in the yard across the street, MacInroe.  He does not belong to the owner of that house, but the owner allows the cat to stay in the yard.  She does not feed him.  We do.  We feed him because if we don't, he'll be attacking our cats.  As it is, he tries to invade their territory and wants to be in our yard and he will not give up.  My husband calls MacInroe the "Palestinian" and our cats "the Israelis," particulary Charlie who is very tough and will chase MacInroe out of our yard.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sun, Sep 12, 2010 2:05 pm
Subject: Re: On this day

Thanks, Jerry. I do share in your fears and apprehensions.  And I earnestly pray for good sense to prevail over all passions.

--- On Sun, 9/12/10, Jerome Walsh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Thanks for that link, CR.  I agree with the article that the greatest threat to our way of life is hatred and bigotry, no matter whether it comes from without or within.  What scares me most is how readily those who condemn hatred and bigotry do so in language that expresses, and further inflames, more hatred and bigotry.

Jerry Walsh

From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sun, September 12, 2010 12:33:53 PM
Subject: Re: On this day

No forum, I believe, can or should remain aloof to an issue that threatens the peace and well-being of our commonwealth. You'll kindly permit me to share, in this regard, what appears to me a most sensible piece of advice.
By Nicholas D. Kristof
September 11, 2010