Skip to comments.American Muslims Are Americans. Let's Act Like It
Posted on 09/16/2001 7:26:43 PM PDT by jokemokeEdited on 04/23/2004 12:03:31 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Let's Act Like It.
Friday, September 14, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT There's a famous photo of a Japanese-owned grocery store in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor with these words emblazoned across the front: "I AM AN AMERICAN." It accurately encapsulates the way many of us in the Islamic and Arab community feel at this hour. As it becomes ever more apparent that our co-religionists have visited slaughter upon our compatriots, so many of us want to declare from the rooftops our allegiance to this great nation, to show our solidarity with our fellow citizens, and to join the fight against our common enemy.
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Unfortunately, at times it appears that this is what they want.
If a Christian or Jew was responsible for these acts, Christians and Jews would be calling for swift justice.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I see the Muslim community as being a brotherhood. They will not condemn their evil brothers???
We must not repeat the travesty of the Japanese Internment during WWII.
Yes, and the real test is how many of them provide INTEL on the Moslems who have infiltrated our nation to murder us.
Here's the fatwa I would need to see before I start believing they're really against Oscuma bint Larden:
On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims: The ruling to kill Osama bin Ladin and his allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate Islam from the grip of a murderous terrorist and his satanic followers, and in order for them to be defeated and unable to threaten any person anywhere.
When I see this hypothetical fatwa activated, I'll start to reconsider certain opinions. Until then, they remain.
No, watch them carefully to see what they do. Protect them as you would any American citizen but watch them carefully. We must not repeat the travesty of the Japanese Internment during WWII.
This day of infamy was carried out by Islamic Terrorists from within. It differs entirely from Pearl Harbor in that respect. One would be foolish to discount the public reports that there are hundreds of these Terrorist cells operating in America. I'll give you a clue. They are not hiding out and receiving support in your local synagogues.
American Muslims: your countrymen lie dead. Many of them were Muslim. Bin Ladin murders the innocent and profanes the Quran and Mohammed by pretending that to speak for Islam.
If writing a naughty book is worthy of a fatwa, isn't this?
Funny...so many Freepers claim to be against the Balkanization of this country by politicians for political gain. How many times have I read on this board that we should just get rid of the hyphen-Americans that the race warlords and leftists use to divide us and refer to us as Americans.
Those who profess to believe this but now single out Arab Americans for special scrutiny are hypocrites. If you are an American citizen, I don't care what color your skin is or what religion you follow, or if you own guns, and neither should you.
I keep hearing this but, I am not convinced it was a travesty. Unfortunate, yes. I hope the people weren't mis-treated but, I understand the percieved need to do this. I hope we don't enter an era where we are terrorized as the Israelis are. We may again see the need to separate ourselves from a large group of specific people. This is war.
The Muslims of America do not have to apologize for something they didn't do.
The people who did this will be punished.
Nonetheless, it is disturbing that the Muslim-American community is behaving like any other special-interest racial group in America, with its leadership more concerned about imagined victimhood than in unity with other Americans. The balkanization of this country continues.
Meanwhile, the quiet memorials and ceremonies and church services I've witnessed in America bear no resemblance to the angry shouting that I see among Muslims when even one of their number is killed. And should one of our bombs accidently harm innocents in Afghanistan, you won't see children dancing and laughing in the streets of America in celebration.
There's a difference between the Cross of Christ and the Sword of Mohammed.
On Tuesday, my spouse was at work, and keeping the TV on to get news while I was working at a federal facility. A business meeting between the Korean owner and another Korean national was going on at the time. The owner kept turning the TV off. The other Korean actually had the incredible stupidity to laugh at a scene of the attack. Spouse flies off the handle. Sparks fly, meeting is moved off site, TV remains on. Guess who jumps in on the American side? It was the Bosnian Muslim who works there. I don't blame ya for being mad, but don't jump to conclusions.
You're exhibiting exactly the logic of statists everywhere, including this country. Gee, we just can't trust those Arabs, now, can we? Awhile back, it was Gee, we just can't trust those gun owners now, can we? Better register them Arabs. Better register them gun owners.
Memo to Texas_Jarhead...pull your head out of the jar...you need oxygen bad, boy.
There's a post there blaming Israel for the attack. So much for Islamic truth and justice. What a corrupt religion!
I will if they will.
Mr Masoud is evidently already educated beyond his intelligence.
It is entirely appropriate that when Mass Murder on a wholesale scale is perpetrated, that the perpetrators need to be found ASAP.
I doubt that even a sleeper would go to the trouble of getting citizenship. Let's see if this is clear enough for our room-temperature IQ liberal Freepers...
Muslims who are here illegaly and other Muslims who are here as temporary guests who verbalize hatred towards their hosts, should be deported immediately.
And the remaining Mass Murderers still loose among us should be found and stopped; dead or alive.
Is that clear enough?
Note there is no mention anywhere of American citizens.
This fine young man hits the nail on the head. I have been reading Arab-American websites and checking the news stories that have been popping up about the anticipated and feared wave of anti-arab prejudice that is sure to come. But I keep feeling that something is missing frim these expressions of condolences and the whining about how they face twice the psychic damage from this tragedy becuase they have to "keep looking over their shoulders," and how "we don't yet know who did these crimes" etc. They just don't want to deal with the reality that the great majority of the terror in the last 30 years has been perpretated in the name of the Islamist cause, or at least for the political purpose of Arab regimes. They refuse to denounce all suicide bombers, because the ones who blow up teenagers in Israeli discoteques are "different" because, well, because they are part of a "struggle" against Israeli policies vs, the Palestinian people.
The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination website describes a poll taken of Americans asking them about their impressions of Palestinians, etc. They seem shocked and a bit huffy that Americans, across the board, find suicide bombings of innocent civilians unacceptable. Reading this, I get the feeling that they believe that with the right marketing and focus group campaign that americans can be persuaded that such bombings are a legitimate form of social protest.
If these guys are good, patriotic Americans, then announce that they are going to volunteer to help the FBI by infiltrating the terror fifth-columns that exist to support the murdering monsters that have attempted to decapitate the American nation. Stop trying to out-victim the true victims, suck it up, expect that a few isolated nut jobs are going to harrass or even attack you, and work to make America safe to live in. Tell your cousins and uncles back in the Old Country to stop the horrible propaganda about America that calls us a Zionist-controlled puppet. I swear, the kind of loony tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory stuff that the anti-American Arabs spew out is as bad or worse than the crap the Aryan nations and their ilk barf up.
I would say to the Arab-American community: Sign up for the armed forces, roll bandages, give to the Red Cross. You don't hear New Yorkers whining now, do you? Then neither should you.
Just one man's opinion.
And maybe there is more of that than we think; especially intelligence info over the last week.
The irony of such a statement is that by making such a statement, we are in fact re-inforcing the view that they are separate. By demanding that they make a collective GROUP showing of loyalty and alligence, we are in fact singling them out as different from the rest of us and that "they" whom we (the rest of us who are not like "them") have conspicously picked out as different from us group must now demonstrate to the rest of us that they are not different.
Why can't the Muslim in this country be like just everyone else in the country,(I mean, this is what we are asking, right?) - to behave as each individual may choose - some do more and care more, some do less and care less - as oppose to having to come to the fore as a separate "group" and make some collective statement representing their group - and we then accuse them of being cliquish and not willing to become part of the rest of us.
Mr. Masoud has asked the right question. Our country needs the help of all its patriots in this time of need and peril. Millions of Muslim-Americans are good and true citizens. There are special ways that Arab-Americans, indeed all Muslim-Americans can help defend America. This may be one: Arab-Americans should take a central role in identifying effective ways of eliminating Arab terrorists from our midst without injuring the rights or feelings of good and true citizens. Those terrorists swim among us, using the freedoms of our open society to commit atrocities. They must not be allowed to goad us into striking out blindly at good and true citizens of the Muslim faith or Arabic descent. Your country needs you, Mr. Masoud, and all those like you. Help us.
Nah. You're not off base.
But I can assure you that you'll be hearing from losers who also don't give a s**t about their country asking: what's the big deal?
They will fail to note the difference in behavior between groups.
We have our own share of domestic idiots.
Probably the opinion of many. Bravo.
I would say the difference is like the deep chasm that separates heaven from hell.