“Why are we letting the people who are killing us into our country?” Asks my classmate sitting next to me.
“Their book says that all non-believers should be killed.” He adds in defiance of my views.
I hear those two arguments often, and every time it makes me sick as if I had never heard it before.
I surely am not the first to say this, nor will I be the last. America is a nation of immigrants, it is innate for us to fear ‘the others’ and be wary of outsiders, but that has never gotten a country far. Nearly every immigrant class has been discriminated against. Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, you name it. When they were immigrating, when they were at the bottom of the latter, people looked at them with utter contempt. They thought the Irish were discriminated against for being uneducated and poor. The Chinese were used as a scapegoat for low wages. The Japanese were looked down on because of Pearl Harbor, leading to hangings, camps, and inequality.
People tell me the Quran says vile things like “kill the non-believers”, and I’m sure it does. I’m sure the Quran is filled with disgusting and awful things that at first glance makes any Christian look down on any Muslim.
But the Bible too says awful things, despicable things because many religious books do. The institution of religion is shrouded in war and death, discrimination and slavery, that applies to most all religions, Christians included. But since we are a Christian-majority nation, most people will overlook terrorist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and people like Dylan Roof.
Radical Islamic terrorism is what some call acts of terror in the name of Islam. They think that ISIS and Al Qaeda are actually Muslim as if most Muslims actually believe in any of that. But I have seldom heard someone call Dylan Roof a radical Christian terrorist, or call the Ku Klux Klan a radical Christian terror group. If one calls ISIS a radical Islamic terror group, it is only hypocritical not to label the Ku Klux Klan a radical Christian terror group.
But it is an insult to call groups like ISIS and people who shoot up nightclubs in Orlando Muslim. It’s an insult because it implies that they are actually Muslim. Dylan Roof isn’t a Christian, Omar Mateen isn’t a Muslim. Rather they are people who are prejudiced and insane who use religion as a justification and cover for their prejudice and hate.
The Ku Klux Klan burned houses, hung people, bombed buildings, just about anything and everything you can think of. They call themselves Christians, they say they read the Bible and that they are devout. But they are no more Christians than my coffee machine is a Christian. It is an insult to Christians everywhere for the Ku Klux Klan to claim they are a Christian organization. It is just as much of an insult for ISIS to call themselves a Muslim group, but it is even more of an insult for Americans to accept that as fact.
Stories about hate crimes against Muslims are a dime a dozen these days. A girl at school gets her hijab ripped off her head and thrown in the trash. A man isn’t allowed to board a plane because he is Muslim, all real and all commonplace.
It’s human nature to be scared and worried when danger is close to you when terrorist attacks are hitting home. But we all need to remember when we feel that way that it isn’t rational, it isn’t good, and it certainly will not make the problem better.
Why is it that when Dylan Roof commits an act of terror as a Christian it is not held against Christians.
Why is it that when someone commits an act of terror as a Muslim it is held against Muslims everywhere.
There are over 1 billion Muslims in the world, it’s wrong to clump theme all into one group and assume that one Muslim’s action are all Muslim’s actions.