I have a question. A very serious question I want everyone to think about.
Terry Jones is insulting to Muslims the world over. And also to Christians and Americans and most people actually. He is planning to burn the Quran and all over his church has billboards that say "Islam is the Devil". But according to our first amendment he has the freedom of speech. So even if we don't agree with it, it's his right in our country. Right?
It also says in our first amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Why is it then, that people all over facebook and twitter and other social media outlets are against the buliding of an Islamic community center at ground zero? Even thought it's not actually at ground zero, it's two blocks away. Muslims have been worshipping at places within blocks of ground zero for the last 30 years. We can all agree (if you're sane) that the 19 people who attacked us on 9/11 were radical Muslim extremists and do not represent the entire Islamic faith. Just as Terry Jones is radical and does not represent the Christian faith or all Christians.
Why is it so important to protect Terry Jones' constitutional right, but then to not protect the right of Muslims to worship where ever the choose? It's a contradiction. And I hope people really stop and think about it. Because it is one and the same. And it's wrong and it isn't fair.
"A Muslim American or resident has the right to worship in their holy place. No one is asking you to step foot in the Mosque/Center. No one is asking you to like it. But as an American it is in our constitutional DNA to accept and welcome people of all faiths." A comment posted by Gena Haskett from Outonthestoop.com that I completely agree with.
I read a blogpost by Sabrina Enayatulla from Sliceoflemon.com who is a Muslim American and I agree with what she said
"And though I stand by my belief that America is the greatest nation on earth, historically, we have made some shameful choices. We continue to discriminate against groups of people whether they were here first or not, and we can't find a way to shake our bad habits. We did it to the Native Americans, to the African Americans, to the Irish, the Polish, the Italians, and to the Jews. And now it's happening to the Muslims."
In some ways I think it's a sign that Terry Jones popped up. I think it's a sign for people to reflect about their own feelings towards the Islamic faith because it's not fair to judge all based on one wacko nut.
I also liked how Sabrina ended her post
"It's time for Americans to understand that we, I, the Muslim Americans in this country, whether through birth or naturalization were not responsible for the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and it is not fair that we continue to bear the burden of guilt or be made to feel "less American" for the actions of those we didn't even know. Muslims aren't just immigrants anymore, we are first-, second- and third-generation Americans, and we are a part of the fabric that binds our society. If Park 51 were realized, it could create more than 150 jobs in Lower Manhattan, which has not recovered economically since 9/11. To announce a $100M project that will create employment and bring more people to the area will rejuvenate an entire district, boost moral, and help heal our country's economy."
Ironic how Terry Jones is making American Christians feel the same way.
I am not Muslim. But I feel an instinct to protect and defend natural rights and freedoms. During World War II I would have been on the side against Nazi's. During the civil rights movement I would have been fighting for the rights of African-Americans. That is my nature and my spirit. I live in today's world and I believe in fighting for the equal treatment and rights of those that have unrightfully become pariah's in our society.
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