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Beneath the stereotype
He fit the stereotype of a terrorist perfectly: Middle Eastern, dark complexion, heavy Arab accent. He looked just like the mug shots of terrorists seen flashed around the world on CNN—just like the "Arab bad guys" in countless Hollywood movies. He was my dad.
At home, the stereotype played out, too. He was angry and often abusive. Because he was an immigrant from Syria and had never been formally educated, he suffered emotionally from the embarrassment that he couldn't read. Nevertheless, he had a very successful career as a masseur for many movie stars and studio executives. But even though he did well professionally for over 60 years, he lived in constant fear that his luck would change.
Growing up with him was traumatic. But when I was a young adult, I began to study Christian Science, which taught that I had to see beyond outward appearances. I had to see everyone—including my dad—as the likeness of God (see Gen. 1:26). Because I had such a desire to follow the Bible's teaching, I wholeheartedly wanted to lose my fear and change my view of him.
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About the author
LaMeice Harding is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. She lives in Westlake Village, California.
Creativity—'It's like breathing'
with contributions from Jessie Barth, Ruth H. Holmes, Cynthia Overton, Alexander Lehrman, Linda M. Cook
items of interest
J. Michael Parker with contributions from Todd Spangler
Creative power—right when I needed it
By Deborah Huebsch
Conversation on an awakening
By Warren Bolon Senior Writer
At work for the good of it
Steve Carlson with contributions from Georgia Engel
Always trying for the best she can do
By Kim Shippey Senior Writer
David C. Kennedy
Psalm: God's beauty
Hugh Pendexter III
Strings of the heart on I-84
By Mia Randall Krishnaswami
A virtual reality wild ride
By Mike Tupper
Leading a life of 'superclarity'
By Marilyn Jones Senior Writer
Beneath the stereotype
By LaMeice Elaine Harding
A healing of anorexia
Quick recovery from ice hockey injury
'Finally, I belonged'
Find your music and play it!
Stephen T. Gray