A friend of mine pointed out this article by Fred Voorhees. Fred is a Liberal and I am a Conservative, so we don’t always agree where politics are concerned. Unlike some of our elected leaders, I don’t have a problem reading what he has to say and agreeing with some or all of it. I don’t think that makes me a “bad” conservative. I think we would all do well to listen more than we talk. If we do that, we will all have a bit more understanding of the other side.
I am posting here the article by Fred Voorhees. Though I may not agree with all of it, he makes some valid points. Buckle up for safety.
It is entitled: Ethnocentric Ignorance,
Although Muslims say their religion is a peaceful one, many Americans are inclined to call bulls#it. How do they expect us to believe they’re all about loving one another when their own behavior seems to indicate otherwise? Slaughtering thousands of Americans on 9/11 was not their lone foray into killing; one can turn on the news any night of the week and catch media glimpses of militant jihadists destroying humanity in the name of allah. Muslims and their god “hate our freedom,” and they react viscerally to their own ignorance instead of trying to figure out what we as Americans stand for. As their violence escalates, even the most open-minded ((I certainly hope he is wrong)) Americans are starting to accept the dominant explanation that almost all Muslims are evil, and that the few “good” ones lack the balls to try to curtail the evildoers. In the name of jesus christ our lord and savior, we need to get the f@$k over there and blow some s#it up.
American eyes can see that the jihadists are brainwashed; and we are taken aback at their inability to recognize America is a peaceful nation, as addicted to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as radical muslims are to death, oppression, and the pursuit of suicidal hate. The USA is a loving nation, formed on the premise that human life is sacred. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all (humans) are created equal. Here in the United States we say we believe in freedom of religion. So when we go to other countries with tanks and bombs it is to defend these freedoms–not to destroy them. Contrary to popular Islamic belief, we are not trying to take over the world and spread Christianity; we just want to restore peace.
Although Americans say our nation is a peaceful one, Muslims are inclined to call bullshit. How do we expect them to believe we’re all about loving one another when our own behavior seems to indicate otherwise? American blowhards like Rush Limbaugh pollute international radio waves with ethnocentric ignorance; our most hateful sound bytes then are translated in propaganda mills, churned out and consumed by the people. Limbaugh’s vomiting up of all the angst associated with his midlife crisis does not speak on behalf of America. But even though Limbaugh’s ignorance is one of the most disgusting examples of American hate; it is also one of the most commonly regurgitated global sound bytes. Words of the far right are translated into Arabic and other languages and have become an international caricature, assumed by many to represent the feelings of average Americans. The message they hear is that “Americans hate allah… Americans are sending their soldiers to enforce christianity.”
Jingoistic words, however vile, cannot alone incite the hate that so many nations now have for America. Many enlightened Muslims were initially skeptical of radical Islamic fears that Americans wanted to mandate jesus in all corners of the globe. But they probably became a bit more convinced when they saw U.S. troops trampling on their holy soil with no regard for their social, cultural, or religious beliefs. As the U.S. sends more troops to invade new locations throughout the Middle East, even the most open-minded Muslims are starting to accept the dominant explanation: almost all Americans are evil, and those who are “good” don’t have the balls to stop the evildoers. In the name of allah, they want to blow us up now.
Forty years after they were first written, Buffalo Springfield’s insights about right and wrong are as relevant as ever: “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” It remains a human instinct to consider oneself “right” in any form of retaliation against something that was “wrong.” To Americans who hate Islam, and to Muslims who hate America, I say this: Consider how you feel about your enemies, and think about why you feel that way. Your enemy feels these same things about you and has the same justification for feeling them. Nobody ever self-defines as being evil. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Nobody is saying, “I am hateful” or “I am wrong,” because few are strong enough to see the flaws in their own belief system.
America is snagged on the same trap that cripples our so-called enemies. For all of our differences, there is one fundamental commonality between America and radical Islam: we see the world in terms of hypocritical dichotomies. Just like Osama bin Laden, we see ourselves as loving, good, and right; and we see it as our duty to protect the world from all that is hateful, evil, and wrong.
I want to say several things in regards to this article. First, I do listen to Rush on occasion, and most of the time I agree with what he says, as far as politics are concerned. I can’t say that I have heard him say anything about Islam, but I don’t listen to him very often. I can say this… I have seen Americans go into blogs that are run by radical Islamist. They go in there and cuss and carry on, they don’t make any argument to try and change the mind of the radicals. BUT, those comments they do make, are left up for everyone to see. Why?? Because it confirms their view of Americans or non-Muslims. They use it for propaganda against America.
In doing some research for my blog, I came across a petition that had been set up in which, Muslims were asked to sign it to denounce terrorism. When I looked at it, I found various comments made by non-Muslims cussing and belittling the Muslim faith. What do you think that kind of behavior adds to the conversation?? Do you think that by acting that way you are going to endear yourself to Muslims?? I know that some of you think that ALL Muslims believe in the terrorist ideology, I have already addressed that, and proved it false. But, if there ARE Muslims who are moderate, if you are WRONG, then doing what some people think is cute, will only cause Muslims to lean towards the radicals, not away.
I had asked a question, of how many Muslims do you think read something like Jihad Watch, which never has anything good to say about Islam. The answer was, lots. I will take a leap and say, if that is in fact true, its to point out the fact that nothing good is ever said about Islam on that website. I have said it a dozen times, my blog is about Radical Islam, but I don’t have one problem pointing out the fact that not all Muslims/Islam, agree with the terrorist ideology. I make it a point to address that when ever and where ever I see people commenting that they think it is. I say that, to show that your blog can be about Radical Islam without damning all Muslims.
We were all born with a brain, and if you were lucky, your parents taught you manners. Use some common sense, use some manners. If you will do those two things, you will do good. I have spent a great deal of time proving that not all Muslims think like or agree with the terrorists. I would ask those that still don’t get it, to at least refrain from spreading your venom. The only thing you are doing is proving that you are UN-American, you don’t believe in things our country was founded on.
Must we always play politics, like our “esteemed” politicians, that have a hard time listening to anything anybody on the other side has to say?? Do we want to close our minds so much, that we are unable to learn anything new?? Do you want to surround yourself only with people that think just like you?? What good is that?? We have the greatest ability to learn and make a positive impact then any time before. You have at your fingertips, right now, the means to learn and to teach. How will you use it?? Will you attempt to educate yourself, or will you close your mind to new things??
To Muslims who are reading this, I want you to know that most Americans DON’T believe that ALL Muslims agree with the terrorists. Actually a lot of Americans are too self absorbed to even think about it at all. My biggest concern is Americans that don’t pay enough attention to the threat that radical Islam poses, I feel that way about Muslims as well. If you as a Muslim, have been abused for no other reason than you are Muslim, please accept my apologies. There is no excuse for that kind of behavior regardless of who you are.
Another Muslim perspective
The links below are addition info on this subject that you should read. The bottom link is the original article.