Ahhhhh!!!!! I am so sick and tired of having people who don't know me, my family or my friends classify us all as the same as those retards on tv who've decided that the only way to get noticed are to kill people! Islam is like a rainbow with two extremes and all colors on the spectrum in between. Yes you are going to find people who agree with militant and fundamentalist views in America and around the world but there are BILLIONS OF MUSLIMS! Are you going to sit here and tell me that we are ALL terrorists? That we all believe in the same thing?? We can't even agree on whether or not it's acceptable to pray with nail polish on!! (I exaggerate but you get the point). You can even just take all of the authors on this blog and put us in a room and ask us fundamental questions about God and Islam and life and you'll get almost 9 different answers to each question. Our families and friends and environments shape us into the people we are today, religion is an incredibly huge aspect of it but it mingles with culture and our families unique perspectives on life.
I had this very informative sarcastic post all written up about the "free speech summit" that had taken place in Florida yesterday but at the end of it I realized none of my anger had bled through. Because I am angry I am so (wow I want to cuss). Look this is my country and I don't mean that in the patriotic sense of the word- but literally, this is where I was born. Where I grew up. This is the place that had shaped my ideas and what I want to gain out of life for myself and for my family. So for a man who is supposed to represent the American people (Rep. Hasner), for him to co-sponsor a summit under the façade of free speech, but in reality to lambaste anyone and everyone who follows Islam- and on top of that NO-ONE, no Democrats especially no Republicans- coming out and decrying this...!! WTH??!!!
So what am I going on and on about? Yesterday a "free speech summit" had been organized by the Florida Security Council who are a self-declared counter-Jihad movement. Educating people on the threat and danger of radical Islam which apparently to them is all Islam. Their keynote speaker of the evening was Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders who had compared the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf and stated at the event last night that: "Islam is not a religion. Islam is a totalitarian political idealogue. Islam's heart lies at the Quran, and the Quran is a book that calls for hatred, that calls for violence, for murder, for terrorism, for war and submission...We should all stop pretending Islam is a religion...The right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam."
He also goes on to say that we should stop Muslim immigration to the west and that we need to remove Muslims from western countries and to stop the building of Mosques and called for the closing down of Islamic schools calling them "fascist institutions".
I am so very frustrated at this situation, wth is one supposed to do? CAIR- the Council on American Islamic Relations came out before the event and after the event to decry it but lets be honest- no-one listens to them! It's like Muslims are like AIDS back in the 80's where no-one knew what the hell it was and everyone stigmatized everyone that had it. We need a voice we need people to know that this "summit"- IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Not only not acceptable but will not be tolerated! What do they expect us to do after they compare us to Hitler and Mussolini?? Just sit back and be ok with it??? WTF?! (sorry CC)
I did a google search on this "summit" and I have not yet seen one article- except for CAIR's- that comes out against it. Everyone seems to think that Hasner and Wilders are heroes for speaking out against hatred ...wow. The Muslim community needs to wake up and reclaim their country otherwise we lose it to people like Hasner. Most Muslims believe that since Obama's won, the anti-Muslim wing of the country has dissipated into nothingness. There is no bigger misconception. Change does not occur because of change of leadership.
I wish I could end this post on a brighter note. But I can't. All I can hope for is that this event inspires Muslims and non-Muslims alike in America to rise up against hate speech and make their voices heard, otherwise they will be replaced by the voices of Wilders and those like him.