Four panelists, including Dr. Greg Miller, professor of history, spoke at the 9/11 10th Anniversary Commemoration at Hoover High School in North Canton on Saturday, Sept. 10 about how their perspectives on 9/11 have been shaped by the Golden Rule—”love they neighbor as thyself.”
“Let me put it simply: we need to be neighborly,” Miller said.
Miller spoke after the panelists to sum up the ideas that were spoken, such as the charge to learn about your neighbors and speak up against prejudices.
One of the four panelists was Raeed Tayeh, a member of the Islamic Society of Northeast Ohio. At the time of the Sept. 11 attacks he was living across the street from the National Security Agency, which made him anxious as he reflected on what happened to the Japanese Americans during World War II.
Tayeh was grateful to former President George W. Bush when he made a national proclamation that Muslim Americans are our friends and not responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Tayeh wanted “those who had lingering doubts about their Muslim neighbors to put those doubts to rest.”
Another panelist, Rabbi Jon Adland of Temple Israel of Canton, said it is important to talk with one other and listen to other people’s point of views.
Alumnus Jeff Barnes was a question moderator at the event.
“We do have people of different faith communities in our area and I think it is an important thing to remember that that is a vibrant part of our community,” Barnes said.
Each of the panelists also mentioned that Sept. 11 brought on a sense of fear to those different from us.
Reverend Steve Costello, president of the North Canton Ministerial Association, said that as a Christian he does not need to fear because he knows Christians can claim the scripture that says “fear not.”
Costello said to apply this verse with loving your neighbor as yourself and not fearing who they are in religion or culture.
Miller encouraged the audience “to combine head and heart” and to have a better perspective on terrorism and judging others based on the actions of their cultures.
Terrorism does exist and one should be aware it happens in the world, Miller said. He added that it is a mistake to stereotype a particular ethnicity based on the rash actions of a small minority of that group.
Tayeh said is important to work together to bring about good and not evil.
Or better yet, love your neighbor by inviting them to dinner as Miller suggested.