It's been awhile since I've had reason for a good rant, but what I'm reading from the USA once again makes me sick. The level of intolerance is again a reason I would never want to go back to that a place that harbors and promotes this mentality.
So what is so bad? Well, I guess there were a few events planned for this 9/11 in the Washington DC area. One being the ‘Million Muslim March’ that changed its title to the ‘Million Americans March Against Fear’ demonstration. I suspect this is due to the wording seeming a little too provocative to the Americans who act as though all Muslims are bad. Which is exactly why they needed to have their rally in the first place.
An excerpt taken from the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC)
“Many non-Muslim Americans are terrified of Muslims, who are portrayed by Hollywood and the US media as fanatical terrorists. Muslims, too, live in fear – of being dragged off in the night to Guantanamo and tortured, simply for the crime of being Muslim in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“After discussing the matter with both Muslim and non-Muslim leaders last week of January 2013, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) has decided to abandon the “scary” Million Muslim March. Instead, it will launch a Million American March Against Fear. The march will still be taking place at the National Mall in Washington, DC. And it will still be held on September 11th, 2013.
“Why march against fear on 9/11?
“September 11th, 2001 was the beginning of a new era of fear. Since 9/11, Americans have been terrorized by the media. They have been taught to fear their neighbors. They have been inculcated with fear of other religions. They have been brainwashed into fearing people with brown skins, turbans, and foreign accents.”
These people wanted to protest the surveillance of NSA that affects not only them but any American. And what happened next? A group calling themselves the ‘2 Million Bikers’ have gone out to intimidate them. With tons of images with comments like these I found online:
And that's not the worst of it. There are headlines like " '2 Million Bikers' roar into D.C. to honor 9/11, protest Muslim rally"
Clearly a misleading headline to get people up in arms over what is exactly the thing they want to put a stop to. I've even seen quotes saying it was disrespectful for the Muslims to have their rally on a day special to Americans. Really? And just who did you think was having that rally? Canadians?
I feel it's time for Americans to stop this nonsense, and get educated and start treating people fairly and equally. It's been 12 years of nonsense for these fellow Americans who have done nothing but belong to a religion that became an evil buzzword. All because they are seen as a threat when they were not the cause of 9/11. The fact that non-Muslim Americans feel free to put the average peace-loving Muslim in the same category as the terrorists is exactly why they should have been able to stand up and say that they are Americans as well and not to judge them as the ones responsible for others’ actions. 9/11 was the beginning of them living in fear. Talk about terrorism! Even Sikhs have been mistaken as Muslims and shot and killed as a result of this irrational fear-driven mentality.
It's hard to imagine what their lives must have been like since that day but it could have been very different, that’s for sure. And as for the people who are in support of this (illegal) bikers rally, consider how it could have been since the time of the KKK, seeing how they were Christian. What if all Christians had to live with the same prejudice that the Muslims do today?