Ages ago, when I had a crappy office temp job, the news reported a church arson. (Office chitchat was common but most people were polite enough to avoid politics and religion, in favour of sex and office gossip.) One of my coworkers reflexively blamed satanists and atheists for the arson. I didn’t say anything, but I think he noticed my “raised eyebrow”.
The very next day, the news was that it was a member of the church who was being charged as the arsonist. To his credit, without any prompting my coworker admitted his mistake.
As humans we are often disposed to make excuses for our own, while easily vilifying those who are not. Often the worst grudges are personal. We should be wary of goats.
“The politics that scapegoats others, the immigrant, the refugee, someone who seems different than us, we have to call what this mentality is,” Mr. Obama told a joint session of Parliament. “A threat to the values that we profess … we have to stand up to the slander and the hate.”
Of course sometimes we get what we deserve… we actually elected a prime minister who never learned how to shake hands properly. Hopefully, Obama set aside some time to help his protege with the whole shoe tying thing as well.