I was moved by Ghazala Khan’s heartfelt writings in the Aug. 2 column “About sacrifice, Trump knows nothing.” She and her husband have paid the ultimate price with the loss of their son in the Iraq War. No one can invalidate or erase her son’s heroic yet tragic passing, and I’m sincerely sorry that it still abides within them.
What is troubling, however, is that Khan, like her husband, asserted stridently that Donald Trump knows nothing about sacrifice. How do they know what Trump knows or doesn’t know about sacrifice? Have they walked in his shoes? Have they stepped into the arenas that Trump has stepped into at great personal peril?
I don’t know the answer to these questions, but what my faith teaches is “judge not, lest thee be judged.”
I bring up faith because Khan drew upon it in her writings about Trump. She specifically wrote, “My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes.”
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Given the hostile venom that gets directed at fellow residents who suggest “all lives matter,” I can only wonder what backlash Khan will experience from the media and the Black Lives Matter movement for expressing this thought.