Like everyone else I was horrified to hear of yet another mass shooting, this time in San Bernadino California. And “no,” I am not going to get into how I feel about the whole gun issue. There’s nothing left to say.
This post is about a press conference I saw when I was watching the TV coverage the day it all happened. Because this tragedy occurred so close to the terrorist attacks in Paris, and elsewhere, because we’ve seen so much barbarism, ‘terrorism’ is the first thing that comes to mind now when any act of violence takes place anywhere. I suppose that’s to be expected. And, sadly, in this case it did turn out that the two shooters were radicalized.
But for the first time I’ve been aware of since all this mayhem has unfortunately become part of our daily lives, a Muslim organization, the Council of American-Islamic Relations, held a press conference. They had several different people speaking, including the brother-in-law of one of the terrorists, Syed Rizwan Farook.
As I watched I became acutely aware of the fear and discomfort on the faces of everyone there. I also noticed the slumped shoulders, the lowered heads and defeated attitudes.
And it was at that very moment that I thought about what it must be like to be a member of the Muslim faith right now. Not a follower, not a threat to anyone. Just an ordinary person like the rest of us. Honest, decent, with the same hopes and dreams and goals we all have.
With a very significant difference. They’re all in danger of being tarred with the same brush, of being persecuted, of being made to feel unwelcome and unwanted; and, even, unsafe. They’ve got to be fearing for their very lives. In fact, since the terrorist attacks in Paris and California, there have already been a record number of anti-Muslim attacks in the U.S.
In much the same way as not all Germans were nazis who wanted to rid the world of Jews, not all Muslims are terrorists and followers of ISIS.
I have no idea what the stats are, but it’s doubtful the majority are. But that being said, there is definitely a rush to judgement, a rush to condemn an entire race for the actions of some. And now that Donald Trump’s come out and said he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States it’s front page news, each and every day.
Of course we have to be diligent. We should be diligent for all kinds of threats, not just those posed by terrorists.
All I’m saying is, we’re not the only victims of these atrocious acts of senseless violence.
It’s true and it’s dangerous. All that hatred just fuels the ISIS ideology.
I have been glad to see (in my community) a lot of support for the local muslins. There is a very large (one of the largest in the country) Syrian communities here but they are Christians. BTW they have great food.
Don’t know if you’ve seen our coverage but Canada’s accepting 25,000 by the end of Feb and 10,000 of them before the end of the year. Our new Prime Minister’s a rock star!! He was at the airport in Toronto to welcome the first groups of them and I have never been so proud of being Canadian. And I’ve got to say the majority of Canadians are 100% supportive and lining up to help. It’s a beautiful thing. Yes, agree, the food’s delicious!
Muslim is not a race, but a religion of choice, but I get what you are saying.
The non radical followers is Islam need to make sir voices heard that they are not supportive of these actions. That is the only way those of us tho are not Muslim will understand that it is a radical side of the religion, not Islam in general.
It makes me sad to think that all this hate comes from faith. At the root of most religions is to love each other.
If only we could embrace that similarity.
if only …
The morning after the Paris attack, a local taxi driver I pass frequently on my way to Nick’s seemed astonished that I still smiled and said good morning. Neither Islam nor for that matter Christianity are religions of violence, quite the contrary, though there are passages in both Books that might make you think otherwise… and neither religion has been historically blameless. We can’t allow ourselves to be pushed into judging anyone except by who they are as individual human beings.
Exactly!! And I am very proud to say that is our philosophy in Canada. In fact just about those very words came out of our new Prime Minister’s mouth when he went to the airport to welcome the first group of refugees who arrived in Toronto.
Good for him! I wish more saw it that way.
Yes, so do I. He is amazing.