The beginning of the Love, Hate Hope trilogy introduces a mystery: did the Bible – found fused to a molten girder in the rubble of the Twin Towers – belong to Donna, an ex-minister who disappeared that day?
This Bible, pictured at right, is on display at the September 11th Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, and was shown to Pope Francis during his September 2015 visit.
What was Donna, a fictional character, doing at the World Trade Center just one day after being defrocked as a minister for choosing the Golden Rule over church rules? Was she lured there by Malik, an Al Qaeda member, who was eager to avenge the honor of his family, after his sister had been linked to Donna in a well-publicized scandal?
Religion is a dangerous medicine: Too little can harm. Too much can kill. This theme is explored throughout the trilogy, as the characters explore Eastern and Western faiths in an effort to live a life of love. They wonder if “religion kills” when the common wisdom of the Golden Rule is ignored; and extremism is used to justify wars, Inquisitions, terrorism and prejudice against others whose gender, race, religion or sexual orientation is different than yours.
As importantly, Love, Hate and Hope explores how we forgive ourselves, others and God... and what it would mean to “turn the other cheek” to a terrorist ? …or even if it’s a good idea to consider that?