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You Worry Me
Hyattsville letter

Posted on 11/04/2001 10:18:19 PM PST by hawaiian

The following letter was published in the Gazette, Hyattsville, MD, October 11, 2001, on the Community Forum page.

"You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend anymore. I notice you, and it worries me.

"I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, and professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On Sept. 11, nineteen Arab-Muslims hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants and children's mothers. So I notice you now.

I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that have destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help.

As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to differentiate between you. How do I differentiate between the true Arab-Muslim-Americans and the Arab-Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, ... [edited for brevity]... while they plot the next attack that will slaughter those very same good neighbors and children? The answer to my own questions that it is past the time for me to try to determine this. The events of Sept. 11th changed the answer. It is time for every Arab-Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I demand to know, if you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation that He will protect and prosper it? Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots? Are you willing to preserve this freedom with the spilling of your own blood? Do you love America? And if this is your commitment, then I need you to start letting me know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the "innocent" (I worry who you regard as "innocent") and condemnation of "unprovoked" attacks (I worry what is "unprovoked" to you.) I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action. What will you do for America-- the country -- at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America." I want to see Arab-Muslim young men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money and time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Deliver them up, now. But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisal.

The few Arab-Muslim representatives that have appeared on the media are defensive and equivocating. They seem more concerned with making sure the U.S. prove who is responsible before they act, and protecting their own people from any violence directed toward them, here in the U.S. and abroad.

If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up.

Because even if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true, it matters little if large numbers of current Islamic practitioners interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion.

I want to know where every Arab-Muslim in this country stands and I think it is within my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters.

I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here; as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But there can be no "gray" areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to you to show me where you stand.

Until then...you worry me."


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AMEN.
1 posted on 11/04/2001 10:18:19 PM PST by hawaiian
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To: hawaiian; CheneyChick; vikingchick; WIMom; one_particular_harbour; kmiller1k; Victoria Delsoul...
Huge bump for this.


2 posted on 11/04/2001 10:25:37 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: hawaiian
FUTURE WIDOWS OF AMERICA: WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN
The enemy is in this country right now. And any terrorists who are not already here are free to immigrate. The government has been doing an excellent job rounding up suspects from the last two attacks. But what about the next attack? We thought there was only one murderous Islamic cell in America the last time, too.

Congress has authority to pass a law tomorrow requiring aliens from suspect countries to leave. As far as the Constitution is concerned, aliens, which is to say non-citizens, are here at this country's pleasure. They have no constitutional right to be here.

Communicate! Let the Sons of....

NOW IS THE TIME TO CANCEL ALL VISAS!! WE MUST DEPORT ALL ALIENS, ENACT A MORATORIUM ON IMMIGRATION!!!

'Arab terrorists' crossing border: Middle Eastern illegals find easy entrance into U.S. from Mexico

WND POLL
Why is U.S. government taking little action to secure its borders?

Congress Still Won't Stop Illegal Immigration Democrats have not dropped their opposition to stopping illegal immigration, with troops or without. Complaining that Democratic efforts to make immigration into the United States easier have been complicated by the attacks, a Democratic Senate aide told the Washington Post, "Obviously what happened is going to make our job harder."

International Terrorism and Immigration Policy House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims

Hearing on International Terrorism and Immigration Policy

January 25, 2000

Good morning. Before I begin my prepared comments, I would like to take a moment to express my deepest appreciation to you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing, and, equally important, for standing up to the orchestrated campaign to stop me from appearing. Because of the investigative work I have carried out as a journalist and investigator in exposing the presence of militant Islamic fundamentalists and Middle Eastern terrorists in the United States (see attached bio), I have been the subject of a sustained campaign of vilification, defamation and even a threat to my life during the past five years by militant Islamic organizations operating as self-anointed representatives of the larger Muslim population, whom they decidedly do not represent.

3 posted on 11/04/2001 10:27:07 PM PST by samtheman
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To: hawaiian
My thoughts exactly.
4 posted on 11/04/2001 10:29:45 PM PST by BigBlueJon
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To: hawaiian
Nice.
5 posted on 11/04/2001 10:30:10 PM PST by lawgirl
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To: samtheman
BTTT

My thoughts exactly.

6 posted on 11/04/2001 10:31:04 PM PST by JusticeLives
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To: Sabertooth
Bump for excellence.
8 posted on 11/04/2001 10:35:42 PM PST by father_elijah
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To: hawaiian
I grew up pretty free from prejudice, and lost what little I had during my years as an Air Force wife. I lived in Turkey and came to admire the Muslim values. Modesty and chastity mean as much to me as a Mormon as they do to Muslims, and I appreciate that. I have good friends of all colors, and I've even had gay friends, though that is always awkward given my values. HOWEVER, this situation is trying my tolerance. Louis Farrakhan IS a traitor. If American Islam does not reject terrorism and anti-American rhetoric, I will turn my back on American Islam. If worse is coming, I won't stand between the mobs and an enemy of my country, as I surely would do for any innocents of any faith. It seems to me that while some U.S. Muslim authorities have denounced 9/11 strongly enough to satisfy me, MOST HAVE NOT. I am not a prophet, but I have read history: There WILL be violence against them if there are more attacks within our borders, violence our President will not be able to restrain, if they do not stand up for the rest of us who have long welcomed them here in our melting pot, and against evil. I never feared any group of Americans before. DO THEY WANT TO BE CLASSED WITH BIN LADEN OR WITH AMERICANS? The choice is theirs.
9 posted on 11/04/2001 10:38:18 PM PST by ChemistCat
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To: hawaiian
"You worry me" because you laughed and applauded when so many of us died. You're sitting here reaping the benefits of all the goodness this land has to offer and you laughed. I want you out of here.
10 posted on 11/04/2001 10:38:51 PM PST by brat
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To: hawaiian
Yes, this is the only rational response to the fence-sitters and the avowed America-haters. Your words have been in my heart - but we are not the majority if my conversations with others are an indicator. We don't give in. We don't let yield to them
11 posted on 11/04/2001 10:39:46 PM PST by Havisham
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To: hawaiian
"The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack."

How YOU can assist/support HOMELAND DEFENSE


FBI Website

FBI Most Wanted Terrorists Page With Pictures

Click Here To Report Suspicious Activity to the FBI

Call the FBI Toll Free at 1-866-483-5137
if you see or hear anything that threatens our national security.


America's Most Wanted website

The Secretary of State designates Foreign Terrorist Organizations

The US State Department Rewards for Justice Program
was established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533.
Under the Rewards Program, cooperating individuals and their immediate family members
may be eligible for relocation to the United States or elsewhere,
and they are assured complete confidentiality.
Rewards, totaling millions of dollars, have been paid in dozens of cases.
Innocent lives have been saved and terrorists put behind bars.

12 posted on 11/04/2001 10:52:16 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Admin Moderator
Now this -- THIS, my friend -- this is what I am talking about. If the Good Guys will identify themselves and show who they are in differentiation from the Bad Guys....

Read this essay and mull over what I wrote you. This is what I was saying, only this author was actually articulate.

13 posted on 11/04/2001 10:56:29 PM PST by Lazamataz
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To: technochick99
Can't sleep bump. :o)
14 posted on 11/04/2001 10:56:59 PM PST by Lazamataz
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To: Squantos; Travis McGee; Poohbah; Illbay; Southack
Bump for excellence.
15 posted on 11/04/2001 10:58:16 PM PST by Lazamataz
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To: JohnHuang2; kattracks
Check this out
16 posted on 11/04/2001 10:58:40 PM PST by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
Bump!
18 posted on 11/04/2001 11:01:44 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: hawaiian
BTTT
19 posted on 11/04/2001 11:06:34 PM PST by varon
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To: Lazamataz
What do you mean people who contribute to this site?
20 posted on 11/04/2001 11:08:55 PM PST by mxbluto
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To: hawaiian
Do you love America? And if this is your commitment, then I need you to start letting me know about it.

The silence has been deafening.

21 posted on 11/04/2001 11:11:46 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: hawaiian
AMEN!!

This says out loud what so many of us are *thinking* and only wish we could have *said* as succinctly. It's like the elephant in the living room, IMO.

22 posted on 11/04/2001 11:17:13 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Lazamataz; Lent; KitJ; patent; rebdov; MHGinTN; boris; AGAviator; Bernard Marx; semaj...
Our "moderate" moslem population is making a big mistake if they think that the ACLU, CAIR, and the AMC will be able to shield them if more 9-11s occur, and the tracks again lead back through the mosques and cultural centers where "nobody knew a thing".
23 posted on 11/04/2001 11:24:29 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Lazamataz
Keeper fer sure....well written. Thanks for the bump.

Stay Safe Laz.....

24 posted on 11/04/2001 11:35:22 PM PST by Squantos
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To: hawaiian
Indeed, the silence at the outrage has been deafening to me. Deafening.

If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up.
Because even if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true, it matters little if large numbers of current Islamic practitioners interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion.

I read someone else's remark (not on FR) that anyone who says Islam is a peaceful religion worries him, because they teach that you are to be murdered if you leave it. Some countries are more hard-line on this than others, but the gent is correct. I do wish someone would more properly inform our president about this.

25 posted on 11/04/2001 11:52:15 PM PST by GretchenEE
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To: ChemistCat
You GO, girl. As an add-on to your excellent post, it seems that what the writer is saying is an in-the-streets version of Bush's statement: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. So, which is it? It's a fair question to ask on our home soil, since the terrorists ate American food, slept in American beds, flew on American planes, and destroyed American lives. It isn't just germane to people on foreign soil, not after September 11.
26 posted on 11/05/2001 12:01:29 AM PST by GretchenEE
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To: GretchenEE
As an add-on to your excellent post, it seems that what the writer is saying is an in-the-streets version of Bush's statement: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.

Maybe some creative type, can come up with a bumper sticker phrase, after the successful "Sore-Loserman." Not being too creative, all I come up with is:

"Muslims--For or Against Us?
Time to Speak Up, or Leave."

27 posted on 11/05/2001 12:15:43 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Lazamataz; technochick99
Can't sleep bump. :o)

Laz, how soon until you don't have to post this kind of comment any longer?

28 posted on 11/05/2001 12:20:19 AM PST by connectthedots
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To: hawaiian
Amen Bumps.
29 posted on 11/05/2001 12:40:55 AM PST by Thumper1960
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To: Lazamataz; leadpenny
may i infer from your #13 that you've been given hell in this regard ?

if so, and there are moderators censoring posts because of a sentiment
that probably 90% of us share, then all of us need to know about it.

at the last DC FReep, in conversation with leadpenny and federal farmer (?),
i pointed over at the White House and asked rhetorically if our President
has advisors who actually understand what this sham religion is about.

while the 'islam is peace' bullshit is obviously proselytized for PR and/or
sedative purposes, the effort will fail after another atrocity comparable to 9-11.

if that comes to pass, our resident muslims will need all the allah they can get...

30 posted on 11/05/2001 12:51:03 AM PST by tomkat
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To: truth_seeker
This gay-socialist I used to work for had a bumper sticker that said, "Jesus, protect me from your followers"

I recommend "Allah, protect me from your followers" I think it would be a good seller...JFK

31 posted on 11/05/2001 1:11:47 AM PST by BADROTOFINGER
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To: hawaiian
Oh my. This has obviously touched some collective American chord. How many of us are feeling this way, and are afraid to be viewed as racists or bigots? It's so much easier to say, "deport all illegals" than it is to say, "All Muslim Americans must prove to me that I need not fear them." It's their terrible silence...it is so loud.
32 posted on 11/05/2001 1:17:56 AM PST by lonevoice
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To: Lazamataz; hawaiian; Sabertooth; samtheman; BigBlueJon; ChemistCat; Havisham
"...On Sept. 11, nineteen Arab-Muslims hijacked four jetliners in my country..."

It seems clear now, that they were from Saudi-Arabia, so call them what they were - nineteen-Arab-Muslims-from-Saudi-Arabia!!

I have to get some higher boots now because the bullshit from Washington is getting too deep!

It'll take some time, buds, but this too, shall end. Liberals piss-me-off....FRegards

33 posted on 11/05/2001 1:24:02 AM PST by gonzo
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To: hawaiian
Bump!
34 posted on 11/05/2001 1:28:50 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: hawaiian
Nicely done.
35 posted on 11/05/2001 1:36:53 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: truth_seeker; Registered
truth seeker calls! At this post, also #26 and #9. Any ideas?
36 posted on 11/05/2001 1:49:00 AM PST by GretchenEE
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To: GretchenEE
reality bump ...
37 posted on 11/05/2001 2:18:40 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Lazamataz
Superb -- my sentiments exactly, Laz. Thanks for flagging this to me. I'm bookmarking it -- it's that good.
38 posted on 11/05/2001 2:19:21 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: hawaiian
Yes indeed! The silence is deafening! It's time to send those who hate this country home.
39 posted on 11/05/2001 2:33:21 AM PST by LiberteeBell
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To: hawaiian
Bumped!....and Bookmarked!
40 posted on 11/05/2001 2:38:11 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: hawaiian
Sad truth is that IF they really felt any love for this country this letter wouldn't be needed, nor the sentiments felt. It would already be seen and heard. So don't hold your breath for a reply...

BTTT! and Amen!

41 posted on 11/05/2001 2:47:37 AM PST by SusanUSA
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To: Travis McGee
Good morning,sir.Well written!My thoughts exactly.I wish it could sent to the Wash Post,NY times,etc.Not that it would do any good.Throw all of them out if they will not profess loyalty or outrage at 9/11.
42 posted on 11/05/2001 2:47:41 AM PST by cardinal4
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To: hawaiian
Bump
43 posted on 11/05/2001 3:21:33 AM PST by Dan De Quille
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another reality bump...
44 posted on 11/05/2001 3:25:16 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Sabertooth
BUMP!

Excellent......thanks for the flag.....;-)

45 posted on 11/05/2001 3:42:34 AM PST by Irma
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To: hawaiian
"You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend anymore. I notice you, and it worries me.

"I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, and professing to be Americans, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizen's Constitution for more than 120 years now. I don't fully understand their hate but I know nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

Yes, the House and the Senate worry me.

They pass laws that prohibit decent Americans' protecting themselves. They pass laws that take from hard working Americans, and give to causes those same Americans oppose. They inflict on Americans, laws that they don't apply to themselves. (edited for brevity)

They worry me.

46 posted on 11/05/2001 3:53:03 AM PST by packrat01
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To: hawaiian
Stand Up For America - Or Get Out! (Bump)
47 posted on 11/05/2001 3:56:53 AM PST by Tunehead54
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Islam worries me, too.
48 posted on 11/05/2001 4:01:50 AM PST by packrat01
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To: BADROTOFINGER; Registered
I recommend "Allah, protect me from your followers" I think it would be a good seller...JFK

I like it; I'll buy some.

Allah Protect Me
  from your followers

49 posted on 11/05/2001 4:04:51 AM PST by brityank
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To: hawaiian
VERY well said...
BTTT!
50 posted on 11/05/2001 4:26:29 AM PST by freefly
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