Posted by: lylescott89 | August 18, 2010

The Silliness in the Country Amazes Me

Hey kids, 

Every night when I leave work I have one option.  Turn right.  That is fine, since it is the way I need to go, but I really do not understand the people that are already on the road.  There are three lanes of traffic and a buildup of cars waiting to leave the office complex.  Yet, somewhat inexplicably, each night when I am sitting there looking to my left for an opening in the traffic I see a parade of cars in the far right lane (the one I need to get in) with two empty lanes of traffic just sitting there waiting to be use.  Why the heck does everyone have to be in the right lane?  There are two other lanes to use people so get in them.  Idiots.  Every single one of them an idiot

Which is a great segue to our topic for this day.  As many of you have undoubtedly heard there is controversy brewing over the building of a mosque about two blocks from the site of the former World Trade Center.  I don’t even know where to start with the stupidity of the American people that are outraged by this.  Let me start by reminding everyone that this country has a little thing called freedom of religion.  As long as any religious group wants to meet and meets all the local laws and regulations they can build themselves a nice place.  So what is the fuss?  That should end it right there, but no.  The flag waving, Fox “news” channel watching, Bush loving fools just have to bitch and moan.  Nothing is ever good enough for these people and never will be until everyone in the country is exactly like them.  Diversity is not what they want in this land.  Until everyone is a gun toting, Christian, flag waving republican they will not be happy.

But here’s the problem kids; you can’t have it both ways.  We have a constitution in this country and you just cannot pick and choose which parts to adhere to.  You can’t say we have freedom of religion and then tell a group that they cannot build a place of worship in a convenient place for them any more than you can tell an alleged criminal that he does not have the right to a fair trial or any more than you can deny a woman the right to vote.  These are laws that make our country what it is.  We have all heard that we are a melting pot of different races, religions, creeds, etc.  Can we really expect everyone in this country to be of one mind and one religion?  This is not the Borg.

Look, I was upset by the attacks on 9/11 just like everyone else, but you know what?  Almost 3000 people from over 90 different countries were murdered that day.  Not just Americans.  And of those 3000 people I am willing to bet that Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics and atheists were among them.  Take any group of 3000 people in any major city and you will likely find the same thing.  So, yes, it was an attack on America, but Americans were not the only ones to suffer losses that day.  Frankly I think we should build a mosque on top of every tall building in this country.  I guarantee you that no radical Islamic terrorists will attack those.  (I’m not even going to get into the fact that there is a strip club there and that people find that more acceptable than a place of worship)

Those are the key words then aren’t they?  Radical terrorists.  Most Muslims are kind, peace loving individuals.  Probably 99% of them are that way and now in this country we act like it’s the other way around.  Sad, isn’t it?  That a country that once opened its doors to the world and welcomed them in is now fearful of anyone that does not look and/or worship like us.  Frankly that is not an America that I wish to be a part of. 

People need to take a few minutes to think before they react to something.  Remember Timothy McVeigh who blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City?  That was the worst act of terrorism in the US at that time and remained so until 9/11/01.  McVeigh was an American and a Catholic.  Would there be the same outrage if some Cardinal decided to build a Catholic cathedral two blocks from the site of the Murrah Building?  I doubt it.  What if radical Christian extremists (which really do exist) had flown those planes into those buildings?  Would people be up in arms if a Protestant church was being built on the site of that proposed mosque?  Again, I don’t think so.  

How is this for irony:  there already is a mosque near the WTC site.  Yes, true.  It’s a little farther away than the proposed site, but it’s there.  Should we make them move?  (Insert sarcastic voice here) Oh yes because we can’t have those Muslims worshipping anywhere near the WTC site.  That would be wrong.  Bull toast!  

Did you know that Islam is the second largest religion in the world behind Christianity?  That’s a lot of people.  Did you further know that there are between 2 & ½ and 7 million Muslims in the USA?  One of this country’s most respected and beloved athletes is Muhammad Ali, who is in fact a Muslim.  People cheer when they see this man.  When he lit the torch at the Olympics in 1996 people went nuts with adoration and respect.  Does anyone out there think this man is a terrorist?  No, of course not.  I know the man has Parkinson’s, but he could still beat the crap out of me and most of you.  However, he is a man of peace and he will not do that.  Do you want to tell him he cannot worship where he wants?

I used to work with a man named Mort.  Mort was one of the nicest people I had ever met in my life.  Most was from Iran originally and was a Muslim.  He had become a US citizen years before I had ever met him and was respected at work and in the community.  He saw the backlash towards Muslims after 9/11 and he was naturally saddened.  He told me one day that he was afraid of a knee jerk reaction by some people and feared for his family.  No one should ever have to live in fear for what they believe.  He came and spoke at our church about his religion and how it was to him and most Muslims, a religion based on peace, acceptance and understanding.  Mort is more of an American now than so many of those that were actually born here and throwing their little fits about a simple mosque.

This kind of thing makes me embarrassed to call myself an American.  It’s no wonder that so much of the world hates us.  We no longer have tolerance to anything different.  To those of you against the building of the mosque I have no respect for your opinion because you are wrong, but I do not hate you.  I reserve all my hatred for people like Sarah Palin, George W Bush, Rush Limbaugh, etc.   Please know that you all can redeem yourselves pretty quickly by changing your minds and deciding to be true patriotic Americans and honor the constitution.  After all, if anyone considers themselves a Christian they have to love the Muslims.  Jesus said so.

Namaste

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Responses

  1. I have never met Mort, but I like Mort. I would be happy to spend eternity in hell with Mort and others of the like. May I use your term "Bull Toast"?

  2. You may.


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