I wanted to take a moment to comment on the recent 9/11 issues that are plaguing this country these days. I realize that my voice in this world is minute but even a tiny ripple in the pond has an effect overall, so I hope that I can make myself clear here and that this tiny ripple of sanity keeps expanding.
I believe in the founding principles of this country, one of which is the freedom of religion from persecution. Because of this I do not have a problem with the Mosque in New York. The Muslim religion as whole did not commit those horrible crimes; they were committed by a group of religious extremists that cater to the fears of the ignorant. And this, after all, is what extremists do and extremists exist in every major religion and political group.
Of the thousands of innocent lives taken by these extremists on 9/11, several were themselves Muslim (http://islam.about.com/blvictims.htm), there is a Mosque in the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and thousands of American Muslims are fighting everyday in the Middle East for their country, The United States of America.
It is common knowledge that we fear what we do not know and/or understand. That being said, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves out of the darkness of the corrupting fear so that we do not fall victim to its emptiness.
Let’s turn September 11, a day of national tragedy, into a national day of tolerance for the sake of peace. This should be a day where religions across the country hold fairs, courses, and lectures and open their doors to those public citizens wishing to educate themselves.
This is what that preacher in Florida should have suggested or possibly would have suggested if he honestly did have God in his ear or heart as he claims. This man’s ignorance and the media that give his ignorance a worldwide stage are very disturbing to me and should be disturbing to the public at large.
In honor of a day of tolerance and education in this country I will close with a quote from the Holy Qur’an.
Hold to forgiveness, command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant." [7:199] The Holy Qur’an
Please pass this on in hopes that everyone may educate themselves for the sake of peace and tolerance.