To follow up on the last post, I saw this new website recently launched by the "What Unites Us" campaign. If you look at the pics they have on the site, it seems that what unites us is that we're all really grouchy.
The rhetorical stance of the site is fascinating: It's a counter-response to anti-Muslim rhetoric that appeals to commonality against divisiveness. Yet the role of the site so far is to out politicians for participating in anti-Muslim rallies (like this disgraceful one in Yorba Linda, CA) and/or rhetoric. So instead of focusing specifically on the admirable qualities that unite us, the site unites us against those who divide us.
Uncle KB (not this one, but this one) taught us that in the rhetorical act of identifying our cause with our audience's, we imply division. It cannot be helped. Identification and division are in natural counterpoise in a them/us dialectic whose resolution depends on whether the competing terms or parties can discover that elusive third term that will, in KB's words, "bridge the gulf."
It is disheartening to see Christian/Muslim tension erupt in violence in Cairo at the moment when there was some hope for pluralism.