Why Should I defend Muslims?
As bad as I feel about how my stand to defend Muslims has changed over the past year, I won’t apologize for my opinions and beliefs we are in dire straits with religious consequences and effects. I am not proclaiming or suggesting Islam is a violent hateful faith. I can’t ignore the facts and see that there isn’t a problem with thousands coming to our country to practice their religion and then turn their attention to us to convert us voluntarily or by force. I just can’t stop thinking that will happen.
Our president has opened up our borders for thousands of Muslim refugees without background checks and the worry of turmoil is real. Now, I know American spirit has always embraced those who want to practice their religion without oppression or fear of being killed for doing so. History tells tales of many battles between good and evil when it comes to the freedoms to choose your own religion. What I fear is the unknown of who will stir the pot of evil once inside our country’s cities and borders.
I have pondered this reality – I am still certain there are more good Muslims than there are bad ones but time will tell whether I am right or wrong on this matter. I know I won’t wear the veil of ignorance like many and continue to count the terror attacks and cause and effects of such negative dynamics inside our country and our way of life. I still honestly feel there are many good things about Islam but right now, my level of apprehension is based on the lack of knowing what will happen in the future.
I respect the religion as a means to attain peace. I really think that can happen but not without radical ideologist getting prime time on the television to say otherwise. I don’t make fun of Islam and neither do I joke about Christians and their beliefs. That is a matter of respect and fundamentally believing we all have to worship the God of our choice. Poking fun or stirring the pot of hate has to stop in order to stop the radicalization and extremism that is happening today. It causes hate and misunderstandings.
The threats against Islam must stop and the threats against Christianity must cease as well. Enough hate has been created by pitting these two groups against each other. Since I don’t engage in this hate mongering or fear mongering delivered by extreme right wing individuals who want us to rise up against all Muslims, my frustrations is will all those who are willing to listen, follow and act blindly without thinking for themselves about the truth and the lies told to them from the pulpit or the auditoriums around our country. This includes our presidential candidates who add to this boiling point of creating hate out there.
As long as Muslims respect human rights and our Constitution, I see and fear no problems with all of us living here together as a nation and peacemakers. On the other hand, if their intent is to disrespect our bill or rights, our constitution and divide their own against our cultural and societal law and order principles, we have a serious problem to deal with. It can’t be both ways and the American way of life is based on mutual respect and understanding different cultures but our Constitution shall prevail in all matters of law and human rights.
There are distinctive differences between our way of life (constitutionally) and Muslims preaching the Islam religion that contradicts recent court rulings in many areas such as same sex marriages, homosexuality, the ownership of property, the manner of executions for criminality, and the temptation to use Sharia law to oppress their own citizens.
Like I said, I don’t condone the wave of anti-Islamic messages across the country. I condemn any hatred towards those who seek peace. However, to hell with those who want to promote and convert our citizens to Islam either voluntarily or by force. That is something we cannot stand by idle and expect all to be sane and purposeful. It defeats our way of life and destroys the American spirit.
Muslims are given a choice to select their own leaders. Sadly, they often choose some degree of religious fanaticism. Whether they can meet or conform to our way of life is unlikely to be accomplished without violation of their religious beliefs. That’s not going to happen very often.
Like I said at the beginning, I am reaching a point where I really don’t know where to go or what to say any more about this subject. It’s becoming harder and harder for me to keep saying “it’s not Islam, it’s just the bad ten percent of guys representing the radicals.” I know there are millions of good and great Muslims in this world – I have talked to and met quite a few not to be fearful of their presence. I believe overwhelming majority that most are generous, loving and great individuals.
Theocratic governments [ have always, and will always bring hateful ideas to the forefront and breed violence and oppression even when the opposite is truth. The truth is often deceived and hidden thus it becomes hard to be able to distinguish the difference between the truth and the lies.
As long as Muslims continue to refuse to fight inside their own country and take the easy way out with flight toward nations founded on principles of freedom and human rights, in my opinion, in the end, they are prone or tempted to rebuild and establish the same principles they fled and act out contrary to our cultural and customs as they are inevitably driven by Islamic rule due to their religious mandates – In my eyes, none of this is going to stop - how can I keep defending it from those who spew animosity toward it? How these thousands of pending refugees will act will determine our destiny.