The San Francisco Zen Center Abbots and Abbesses – all of whom I know, love, and deeply respect – are in the unenviable position of threading the needle of a public response to the election. They reached hard for the High Road, for real love and compassion, and they gave it a good shot.
Compassion can sound like condoning, though, and calls for unity can sound like a blurring of deep and important differences. And so there has understandably been some pushback from the wider SFZC community on this statement of unity and love.
As someone more free than the Abbots to say what’s on my mind, I’d like to offer an alternative, another approach to unity. It might sound something like this:
San Francisco Zen Center unequivocally rejects the hateful worldview of President-Elect Donald Trump, and vows together to actively oppose its implementation. All are welcome to join us…
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