Obama’s duty to Muslim soldiers

During last year’s presidential campaign, it was Colin Powell who spoke most eloquently of the brave service of Muslim soldiers and sailors, not Barack Obama. Cowed by a widespread belief that he was Muslim, Obama was virtually silent on the subject, craven in the face of the demands of electoral politics.

Powell filled the void. Endorsing Obama on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last October, he chastised his fellow Republicans for a rightwing heterodoxy (which has only grown more pronounced since then) and an exclusionary narrowmindedness.

“I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that (Obama) is a Muslim and might have an association with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America,” Powell said.

As the interview ended, the former Secretary of State evoked a photograph he had seen of a mother kneeling at the grave of her dead son.

“. . .At the very top of the head stone, it didn’t have a Christian cross. It didn’t have a Star of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith. . . His name was Kareem Sultan Khan. And he was an American. . .He was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his life,” Powell noted.

That sort of powerful testimony is needed even more now, after last Thursday’s bloody rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, apparently carried out by a Muslim Army officer, Nidal Hisan, who was, stunningly, a psychiatrist. As reports surface suggesting that Hisan may have been seduced by radicalism, there will inevitably be more calls for sanctions or restrictions that apply to all Muslim troops.

Obama chose not to use the occasion of  Tuesday’s memorial service  to forcefully speak out against the anti-Muslim bigotry that  — always close to the surface — has bubbled up in certain quarters. Instead, his references to Islam were implicit, if obvious.

“No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice — in this world, and the next,” he said.

In the coming weeks, as the investigation continues and members of Congress pounce on an incendiary issue, Obama will need to pointedly address a worrisome tendency to smear all Muslims with the misdeeds of a few. Already, conservative talk shows and Web sites have indulged the impulses of assorted “experts” who claim that Hisan’s murderous spree shows the dangers of Islam.

Bryan Fischer, an official with the ultra-conservative American Family Association, called for the U.S. military to “stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve.”

Fischer went on to acknowledge that “most U.S. Muslims don’t shoot up their fellow soldiers. Fine. As soon as Muslims give us a foolproof way to identify their jihadis from their moderates, we’ll go back to allowing them to serve.”

The American Family Association is known partly for its hardline anti-abortion stance; yet, its officials have never condemned the bombing of an abortion clinic or the murder of an abortion provider — acts always carried out in the name of God — as characteristics of Christianity. (Indeed, the AFA can barely bring itself to condemn such acts at all.) The savagery of a handful of anti-abortion fanatics is properly understood as emanating from a Christianism that distorts the teachings of Jesus Christ; it is not a Christianity that most believers embrace — or even recognize.

The same is true of Hasan’s apparent distortions of Islam. And Osama bin Laden’s and Zacarias Moussaoui’s.

Hasan may have wanted a jihadist’s martyrdom, but he appears headed, instead, for a military court-martial, where he will be held to account for his alleged crimes. That is as it should be. If he is guilty, he committed the ultimate betrayal of his fellow soldiers, making a killing field of a home base that should have provided sanctuary from the depravity of war.

But unless the investigation yields co-conspirators, no one else should be blamed for those crimes, including other Muslims serving in uniform. Too many of them, like young Khan, have given their lives for their country.

77 comments Add your comment

Joan

November 10th, 2009
3:01 pm

‘IF HE IS GUILTY…” Are you oblivious??? And Obama has stated, from his own mouth, and without the aid of teleprompter, that he was a Muslim. He is undeniably dismantling the United States, and laughing up his sleeve at the liberal lemmings who would go along with what he said if what he said was a fart. If I were a mother of one of the Ft. Hood deceased, I would spit in his face.

freebird

November 10th, 2009
3:13 pm

religion kills, look at the history of Christianity, we reap what we sow….Lennon was right, imagine no heaven no hell!

Mike Woodliff

November 11th, 2009
7:44 am

It’s Veterans’ Day, Cynthia. One would think you’d have the decency to dedicate your column to those who dedicated their lives to making sure you could write it.

Turd Feguson

November 11th, 2009
7:44 am

Lennon wrote great music, however, he was wrong about many a thing and he was a communist.

There will be no tamping down of anti-muslim sentiment. If Obobo were a succcessful president the perhaps people would listen however such is not the case and personlly I do not subscribe to his viewpoints. Obobo is sneaky one seeking to impose HIS WILL on The People.

He wants to spread around the wealth. Well let him spread his around and leave mine out of it.

mike

November 11th, 2009
7:46 am

If only the hand-wringers in the liberals media would ever care half as much about anti-Christian bigotry. But as Jay Bookman explained to me the other day, Christians deserve the bigotry that they are on the receiving end of.

mike

November 11th, 2009
7:49 am

freebird –

“religion kills, look at the history of Christianity, we reap what we sow….Lennon was right, imagine no heaven no hell!”

Nonsense. Violence is just as prevalent in the secular world. As I am sure many have pointed out to you before Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot ran regimes that persecuted the religious.

Violence is a part of the human condition and folks like yourself who want to use it as an excuse to demonize religion are no different than the zealots who want to demonize the secular. Your intolerance is just aimed in a different direction.

Peadawg

November 11th, 2009
7:52 am

“He wants to spread around the wealth. Well let him spread his around and leave mine out of it.”

Amen!!!

Ben

November 11th, 2009
7:57 am

Why are you so vehemently dedicated to apologizing to our country’s enemies. I sometimes wish that I lived in a country like China. They immediately execute their enemies; they don’t put them on a couch to ask them what their “childhood” was like or the circumstances that led to their murderous actions. They are an end result minded people and they do their best to protect their citizens against criminals and terrorists. Unfortunately, due to wrongminded policies and laws people like you are currently in charge but one day in the near future our citizens are going to get so tired of muslim killers getting away with murder that people with opinions like mine are going to get to deal with them.

El Jefe

November 11th, 2009
8:09 am

Missing in action Tucker -

So let me get this straight it is okay to denigrate any religion except Islam? You can make fun of the religious, we do cling to God and our guns. You are okay with Jesse Jackson’s hymie-town remarks.

In the past the editorials did rant against anything that supported religion, the religious, Godliness or even morals.

All except Islam. Your hypocrisy is showing.

TnGelding

November 11th, 2009
8:09 am

Joan

November 10th, 2009
3:01 pm

You’re deranged!

Turd Feguson

November 11th, 2009
7:44 am

As you ridicule all the way to the bank. Success has a new meaning following his predecessor’s disastrous 8 years. I’m confident he can grow into the job and be one of our best, and most successful, ever.

Insanity knows no one religion. The warning signs were there. Someone has to be held accountable besides the killer.

Christians in this country have acepted the challenge from the Jihadists, and are killing and maiming with abandon.

Peadawg

November 11th, 2009
8:17 am

Cynthia, as much as you ridicule ultra conservative Christians on this blog, you have no right to ridicule people who talk out against Islam. Hypocrite!! But then again, I’m used to it from you.

Like I said the other day…an apology would be nice but we probably won’t be getting one……

Peadawg

November 11th, 2009
8:17 am

A typical woman…can never admit you are wrong!!! :)

Tall

November 11th, 2009
8:18 am

Ben: True statement. I remember seeing a press photo of two Chinese narcotics traffickers about to face execution. They were sitting cross legged on the ground, manicled and sucking on their last cigarettes, with the firing squad in the background behind them. The expressions on their faces summed it up: It’s over.

GaPeach1st

November 11th, 2009
8:18 am

The truth of the matter is . . . until descent Americans can recognize who among all the Muslims in this country is an islamic radical . . . there will be anti-muslim sentiment. Until muslims come forward to condemn those among them for their radical beliefs the anti-muslim sentiment will continue. Instead of condemnation, they remain silent. “But unless the investigation yields co-conspirators, no one else should be blamed for those crimes, including other Muslims serving in uniform.” Absolutley “yes” others should be blamed . . those who have radical islamic beliefs who draw people into their way of thinking! All radicals are co-conspirators!!
By the way hypocracy lives within people like yourself, Cynthia Tucker, . . . because even you have condemn ALL Christians who are anti-abortion . . you put them all into a group along with people who would and have committed the horrible crimes against abortion clinics. I for one am opposed to abortion but I would never commit such a crime as bombing an abortion clinic. I believe my God will deals with all people; I don’t have to do anything except spread His word.

Americans (both democrat and republicans) exhibit anti-muslim sentiment. It is just that a democrat, like yourself, believes that to do so at this point is to go against your President.

v mancuso

November 11th, 2009
8:19 am

How many Muslim perpetrated atrocities does it take to warrant backlash? How many Muslim murderers does it take to be called terrorism?
“The military hasn’t executed a murderer in 40 years. Texas does it every week.” Change venues.

Turd Feguson

November 11th, 2009
8:22 am

TnGelding

November 11th, 2009
8:09 am

No…Obobo is a failure waiting to happen. He will not be elected to a 2nd term. Obobo may surpass himself as being worse than Jimmy Carter. Lettuce hope so.

El Jefe

November 11th, 2009
8:33 am

TnGelding,

I admire your optimism, no matter how misguided it is.

We are a free country and this administration wants to change that. Extreme taxation is a form of slavery. When the fruits of my labor are not mine, I am a slave.

bob

November 11th, 2009
8:43 am

We certainly do not want to follow the great and wonderful FDR and just lock all muslims up internment camps, only good liberals do that. In fact, Bush gets bashed for his supposed denying Habeus Corpus, but a liberal that locks up an entire group for years is a great guy because he passed some social programs.

Winston Smith

November 11th, 2009
8:44 am

It amazes me how actual violence perpetrated by Muslims immediately precedes media hand-wringing about hypothetical violence and bias against Muslims. In fact, most of the American media assiduously avoided the “sudden jihad syndrome” angle of this story in favor of a novel vicarious PTSD theory–isn’t that evidence enough of how ultra-sensitive America is to Muslim sensibilities? Have any mosques been torched in retaliation the past week? In response to 9/11? Sadly, UK papers are in the vanguard on this story–reporting the radical imam associations, attempts to contact al-Qaeda and long record of odd behavior by Hasan. All Ms. Tucker can do–along with the rest of the media–is stir up a PC dustcloud and worry about infringement of the rights of Muslims. That brand of nonsense dishonors the real victims of Ft. Hood and other acts of jihad.

Call it like it is.

November 11th, 2009
8:47 am

You know, I would think I would be used to your unprofessional dribble that you pump out every day, but you are hitting all time lows. Trying to somehow take the heat off Muslims by bringing up killings of abortion doctor’s?? What? Are you really trying to correlate the Christian faith as being as evil and corrupt as Islam?

Cindy this is a religion that has one driven purpose and that is to dominate the world by blood. It is shown time after time after time. Your comparison is insulting at best. A sad and pathetic diatribe that shouldn’t be allowed in a major newspaper. Oh excuse me the AJC stop being a major newspaper a long time ago.

I tell you what instead of praising the Muslim killers, how about on Veterans day you do a piece on the families that will forever be broken over this maniac and what he did to them. Or how about you do something on some of the victims from the DC sniper and how they now feel that this Muslim scum has been wiped off the earth as of last night.

Can I have an Amen?

Common Sense

November 11th, 2009
8:54 am

“Dhimmitude” is a concept that should strike fear in the heart of America. It rears its ugly head as the population percentage of Islam grows and then saturates any given country. It means a humiliating, debasing, servile lifestyle physically forced on infidels by Islamic rule over the centuries wherein you exchange your freedom for your life. It’s already happening in Europe via mass Islamic immigration (i.e., France and the Netherlands) and our government is ignoring it here at our peril.

Common Sense

November 11th, 2009
8:56 am

What’s behind America’s politically correct ‘love’ of Islam?
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Posted: November 09, 2009
9:25 pm Eastern
David Kupelian

“So, why do we have this stubborn inability to come to grips with Islam?

Everyone attributes it to “political correctness,” but I think it’s time to move beyond that shallow, passé, near-meaningless phrase.

Do we dare admit what is really at play here? The truth is actually very simple.

We are afraid of Islam.

We are intimidated by Islam.

And because we are afraid of and intimidated by Islam, Islam is changing us – in two distinct and profound ways.

First, as is appallingly obvious, we’re afraid to criticize Islam openly, for fear of having our head cut off or having a fatwa put out on us like the director of the new “2012″ film, or we’re afraid of being sued by some of the very litigious Islamic organizations like CAIR, or we’re afraid of being called a racist, extremist, hater or “Islamophobe” thanks to the tyranny of political correctness, or we’re afraid of offending those in power and thereby risking our position, stature or other advantage. This reaction, while perhaps selfish and cowardly, is more-or-less conscious and strategic.

However, for some it goes much deeper: Being intimidated by Islam (or by anything, for that matter) actually causes some of us to mysteriously grow sympathetic toward it, to defend it, to side with it, even to convert to it. This unconscious shift in attitude, in response to fear of being hurt, is called the Stockholm syndrome, named after the 1973 Swedish bank robbery during which the four terrorized hostages sided with their criminal captors while disparaging the police risking their lives trying to save them.

We need to understand that a certain percentage of us, when we’re intimidated and upset, start to emotionally gravitate toward and agree with whatever is intimidating us. Not just superficially, as a temporary tactic of placating a bully so he won’t hurt us, but more profoundly, deep down in the inner sanctum of our being where our thoughts and feelings germinate and our loyalties bloom.

Intimidation – that is, causing others to react with upset and fear – is a fundamental principle of mind control, fully capable of causing the victim’s loyalties to shift toward the intimidator, whether a schoolyard bully, gang leader, child molester, hostage-taking bank robber or Islamic radical.

“Political correctness” – which is basically a low-grade Stockholm syndrome playing out on a broad societal stage – is actually a subtle form of brainwashing. Even establishment mouthpiece Newsweek, in its famous Dec. 24, 1990, cover story on the then-new phenomenon of political correctness on college campuses (titled “Thought Police”) conceded this truth when it reported: “PC is, strictly speaking, a totalitarian philosophy.”

Bottom line: We’re intimidated, bullied, threatened, terrorized – and so we capitulate, not just in word and deed, but in thought. Get it?

Most of the time, of course, this occurs below the radar of our own consciousness. We don’t understand what’s really happening. So we interpret our growing sympathy and affinity for whatever intimidated us as evidence of our loving, open-minded, enlightened nature. In reality, it’s the result of craven weakness on our part.”

Joan

November 11th, 2009
9:01 am

TnGelding. None are so blind as those who will not see. Please read outside your comfort zone–People magazine or the like–maybe try the Wall Street Journal. I read that, watch both CNN and Fox, and other media to try to get as much input as I can. What I have learned is that this President is a disaster, and I truly think we can expect a lot more terrorist attacks–particularly if we stay in denial, and our President and the media attempt to keep us asleep. And stop the name calling. It is not productive, but a very transparent liberal strategy.

Turd Feguson

November 11th, 2009
9:02 am

Tuckers assessment is typical as is typical amongst certain communities. Always defending the one bad apple and proclaiming all the other apples are above reproach.

These crazy-8 muslims are coming for you also Cynthia.

Turd Feguson

November 11th, 2009
9:02 am

“director of the new “2012″ film,”

Just another churned out hollywood trash film. All flash no substance.

Donovan

November 11th, 2009
9:09 am

Our little AJC commie is so far off the reservation that she can’t see the forest for the trees. The state run media is soft selling the Muslim issue. The “community organizer” is soft selling the Muslim issue. The FBI is soft selling the Muslim issue. And the Tucker Club is soft selling the Muslim issue. This type of political correctness brought us 9/11. How fast we forget in this hijacked liberal country. The only ones who demonstrated courage and common sense were George W. and Dick Cheney. Islam was created by a brutal warrior who validated his insatiable lust for violence and inflexible vengence with the notion that he was a prophet. Masking a corrupt agenda behind the veil of religion has been a tool used by many for generations. The Muslim culture is steeped in violence and paranoia. It controls its followers with retribution and bigotry. Validating murder, honor killings, and revenge is part of the teachings of Islam’s Koran. There is no honor in murder. There is no honor in familial homicide. Theere is no honor in exacting pay-back. Muslims are a danger to society based on the religion they follow; an inflexible and violent religion. Muslims place all of their values in their religion and therefore must be considered the bane of our existence. As the Fort Hood Muslim murderer said, “I am a Muslim first and an American second”. Just remember the golden slogan…Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims. Wake up America!

Joey

November 11th, 2009
9:18 am

“Cowed by a widespread belief that he was Muslim, Obama was virtually silent….”

1. In addition to meaning a bovine, cow is the base word for cower, cowed and coward. Jay uses cowed occasionally to describe some Conservative that he wants to criticize.

Yours is the first time that I have seen a Progressive Commentary writer use Cowed to describe Obama. Interesting.

2. In my view equating the Fort Hood shootings to the murder(s) of a abortion provider(s) is pure lazy. You seem to be trying to tap an anti-Christian emotion in your readers, but to me it just falls flat. (And note that I am not religious and am pro-abortion.)

It is particularly sad that you equate the American Family Association with all, or is it only most, Christians. But have you ever singled out a member of CAIR as supporting Islamic Terrorism? Have you ever identified CAIR as a possible threat to our country?

Common Sense

November 11th, 2009
9:30 am

Living in a free country, getting a free education, taking the military oath as an officer, military discipline, a physchiatric degree and common human decency could not disuade this terrorist from his evil deeds. That, my friends, it what we are up against.

Islam is not just a religion – it is an economic, social, political, legal, educational, military “and” religious system. We ignore that at our peril.

[...] Some opinion: Cynthia Tucker on Obama’s duty to Muslim soldiers. [...]

Innocent until proven guilty

November 11th, 2009
9:56 am

In the United States of America, anyone suspected of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. As such, no matter how much evidence may be against someone for a crime, newspapers and other publications are required to indicate that Hasan is may not be guilty in order to protect themselves from libel charges in the event that the Hasan is found to be innocent.

[...] Obama’s duty to tamp down anti-Muslim bias [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] [...]

El Jefe

November 11th, 2009
10:17 am

Innocent until proven guilty,

In this country, yes. Try shooting at a crowd of people in some of the friendly Islamic countries.

My one regret that he lived and some leftie, bleeding heart liberal will try to get him off.

He should have died and been buried with a pig skin foot ball.

SouthernGal

November 11th, 2009
10:27 am

A condition of joining the military should include parking your religious beliefs outside the gate!

Rev. Right

November 11th, 2009
10:27 am

I like Farrakhan and Ahmenajad also. men of courage and principle to fight the great satan

jconservative

November 11th, 2009
10:30 am

Some folks do not want Muslims to serve in the armed forces.
Some folks do not want gays to serve in the armed forces.
Some folks do not want atheists to serve in the armed forces.
Some folks still do not want blacks to serve in the armed forces.

Are we only going to let straight, white Christians serve?

If we do that, in 30 years only half the population will qualify for military service. I will probably not be around, but to you folks who will, good luck with the defense of your country.

I served with whites, blacks, asians, latinos; christians, jews, hindus, muslims & atheists; straights & gays; male & female; yet somehow most of us made it through.

Conservative White Male

November 11th, 2009
10:42 am

Some folks do not want Muslims to serve in the armed forces.
Some folks do not want gays to serve in the armed forces.
Some folks do not want atheists to serve in the armed forces.
Some folks still do not want blacks to serve in the armed forces

Do you trust them with guns or to protect America like real Americans?

El Jefe

November 11th, 2009
10:48 am

Crazy folks.
1) Some folks do not want Muslims to serve in the armed forces. Wrong, we want loyal Americans – regardless of faith.
2) Some folks do not want gays to serve in the armed forces. Wrong, we want private stuff kept private.
3) Some folks do not want atheists to serve in the armed forces. Wrong, see #1
4) Some folks still do not want blacks to serve in the armed forces Wrong, this is the dumbest allegation. Dorrie Miller understood what it meant to be an American serviceman.

Bajaboy

November 11th, 2009
11:19 am

Why did the Muslim doctor join the military in the first place? We have been at war with the Palestinians since 1948.

Common Sense

November 11th, 2009
11:31 am

Every recruit and officer joining the military should now be polygraphed to determine his/her loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. Same as we do for FBI agents, etc.

I would even recommend a five year update throughout one’s career.

Roamin

November 11th, 2009
11:42 am

The American Family Assoc has always condemned the violent acts of terrorists including those who terrorize abortion clinics with violence. The writer is wrong. And the deafening silence of the at large muslim community in the wake of so many atrocities makes us all remember the celebrations we saw around the world after 9/11/ And the attempt by so many liberals to justify Muslim terrorism is sick. Watch as they change the disccussion to GI stress (re a GI who has never even beeen deployed and was obviously refusing to go) rather than discuss the religious fanatics hate filled life or the hate filled teachings of his religion. When was the last time you saw a Southern Baptist or Roman Catholic suicide bomber shouting Jesus is Great or some such thing as he committed his atrocity.

jconservative

November 11th, 2009
11:50 am

Conservative White Male
“Do you trust them with guns or to protect America like real Americans?”

They did protect America. Did you not read my comment in its entirety?
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El Jefe

If the shoe does not fit, do not wear it. I specifically said “some folks”, not all folks.

I am glad you are one who welcomes all into our armed services who volunteer to serve their country. There have always been the McVeigh & Hasan types & there always will be. In this case, the Army had an opportunity to do something about Hasan in June 2007 but did not.
That is where the congressional hearings will go.

El Jefe

November 11th, 2009
11:52 am

Face it folks, Ms Cynthia will mock, denigrate and insult Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Jews and anyone that believes in a divine Being, but will say nothing even close to that about a Muslim.

Wonder who is out of touch?

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeeeee

November 11th, 2009
11:54 am

His duty is to keep his campaign promises that got him elected in the first place, remember “change we can believe in?” He needs to start owning up to his big talk and start delivering.

Spartann

November 11th, 2009
12:06 pm

Shame on you Ms Tucker… Shame on you…

Never before have I been at a loss for words after reading a Cynthia Tucker op-ed….. Today is a first for Me..I’m speechless…. The contempt I now harbor for her is beyond belief. I wish I didn’t read her column today.

God Bless the U.S.A., may He keep all who serve Her safe and secure….. Happy Veteran’s Day ya’ll.

Common Sense

November 11th, 2009
12:14 pm

“Muslims” have become the new royalty. To even question the loyalty of one is to bring down the wrath of CAIR, the ACLU and the liberal mainstream media.

However, I predict (sadly to say just based on what has and is happening in Europe) that sooner or later a terrorist group will target a mainstream media outlet for some “perceived” slight to Islam (cartoon, editorial, etc.) .

Let’s see what the mainstream media says then …………………

Stop the Madness

November 11th, 2009
12:31 pm

Once again Cynthia takes a horrible tragedy and asks us to look beyond the “alleged” perpetrator, a Muslim terrorist. She shows her usual ignorance on religion and insists we not jump to conclusions on other Muslims. Cynthia, perhaps you should read the Koran which explicitly calls for the conversion (or else death) of all non-Muslims. There are no moderate Muslims, only seemingly peaceful ones who do not wish us to know that uncomfortable truth. How many millions have been slaughtered in the name of Allah? Do you have that number Cynthia? I guess not. Instead you show your true colors by deflecting from the current realities of the world and taking the opportunity to call out the “savagery” of a very small group of misguided Christians. Very cleverly she notes that most believers don’t recognize this brand of Christianity and that Hasan will be held accountable, but it’s too late. To compare the misguided acts of a few Christians to the real savagery that Islam calls for every day is beyond the pale. The overwhelming majority of our troops are Christian. Let’s not thank them on Veteran’s Day Cynthia. Instead, in light of the real savagery committed by a Muslim, let’s ask them to remember their fallen Muslim brothers. Sad and yet all too predictable.

Jack

November 11th, 2009
12:33 pm

“Heterodoxy”. “Exclusionary narrowmindedness”. Not only am I a stingy geezer, I’m also guilty of all the above. I’m thinking this ain’t a real good way to increase the AJC subscriber base. But it is a good way to alienate sensible people & help guarantee a GOP sweep in the upcoming elections.

El Jefe

November 11th, 2009
12:50 pm

Jack,

She doesn’t care about readership, she is sitting inside the beltway. Also she is waiting for the obamatron to sign the print media bailout bill.

After all we live in an Obama-nation (abomination for those in mid-town)

spunkygirl

November 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Religion, by its very nature, is bigoted as one’s religious often professors to be “better than, superior than to, more holy than etc.etc. The christian bible epouses “there will be wars and rumors of wars”…… History shows that most wars started over religious issues, greed or both. Patriotism on this, Veteran Day, is to mark those who served our nation bravely ans unselfishishless; many making the ultimate scarifice. However, I am so tired of “Patriots” who continally disrespect our Commander and Chief, President Obama, because of their own bigotry. Many of thesame “Patriots” are the very same who hate gays in the military, Jews and all people of color,in the name of their Christian beliefs. Such thinking is twisted and dangerous because its lumps everyone with a different life-view as unAmerican and unChristain. I was raised as a Christian and it has been my experiences that most christians, southern especially, are the most intolerant and discriminating people of all. A very famous southern writer once wrote “The Anglo-Saxon mentality is one of violence. Violence is his religion. He has gained everything he has by it and respects nothing else”. Zora Neale Hurston, author. Today is not about the christian right agenda. It is about the American agenda and the veterans of all ethnicities, religious beliefs, races and colors who fought so that I might have the freedom to write this blog.

Michelle Richards

November 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

Cynthia, thank you for showing us the story of Khan. It was touching and encouraging! Keep up the good work!