I’m having an R. Lee Ermy GEICO, “Tissue?” moment after reading this opinion piece on CNN.
Apparently, life has been hell for this muslim since 9/11. He feels that people eye him suspiciously. Sure, he admits that 9/11 was a terrible thing, but he’s in the camp that calls the hijackers a crazed minority. Missing from his storyare any references to the Fort Dix 6, Christmas Day Bomber, Daniel Pearl’s beheading, the incineration of the American contractors in Iraq, Major Hassan and the Ft. Hood massacre, and numerous other terrorist incidents carried out or attempted by more than just a few extremists.
Some people have clearly decided that 9/11 gives them the right to persecute Muslims. And as a result, we are all collectively paying for the sins of terrorists — a radical, crazy few who just happen to share the same religious background.
I’m sorry, but I don’t recall any stories about muslim persecution, or if there were any, they are very few and isolated. Considering what some muslims have done to us, brutal, heinous things, that Americans’ restraint can only be characterized as remarkable.
He’s clearly uncomfortable in America and the only thing we can do is for the other 300 Million of US to change.
Most Muslim men do not have beards and most Muslim women do not wear the hijab. But, if you see one on the street who does, please change your reaction from suspicion to openness, from judgment to acceptance. Reach out to them. Ask them questions. Engage as human beings, not as stereotypes. Simple acts of goodwill would change far more hearts and minds than any gun-fueled campaign or international policy.
Well, since he feels that he can offer unsolicited advice on CNN, I also feel that I have the right, no, the duty to offer some unsolicited advice in return.
Stop killing our people and expose the radicals in your midst.