Terry Jones Protesting in Dearborn
by, 21st April 2011 at 11:17 PM (328 Views)
Since it's semi-close to where I live (Around 20 Minutes away), I feel like I should say something about the anti-Islamic pastor, who was known for threatening to burn the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack, and continuing on to burn a copy of the holy book, after having a a mock "trial" on Islam in general. He plans on "protesting the Islamic Religion" outside of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. He's not the nicest guy around by any adjusting of the words. Good thing is that there is a possibility that he may not be able to start the protest, on time, at the very least, considering that he has to go to Dearborn City Hall so the court can decide if he has to personally pay for the police protection or if it will be publicly funded. He has the audacity to complain about having to change his protesting schedule, due to the trial. Do I genuinely think what he's doing is illegal? No, not in the USA, but I'll admit that it's pretty terrible. It can only cause inter-religion interaction more strained. The people I feel bad for are the police members who have to protect him while he protests his hateful words, simply because of the fact, he has received many threats from account of his actions. A group in Pakistan even put a two million dollar reward on his death. Would I be happy if he was attacked? No, not in the least, it's only feeding the trolls of life, and it would give a lot of ignorant people their own self-justification to discriminate against Muslim Americans. Violence on peaceful, no matter how hateful, actions, only results with more violence. The reason that this can concern me is that I have a turban, due to my religion (Sikh), and I'm brown, which people can mistake me for being Muslim, which, when I was very little, I took as a insult, since I was being discriminating against for another's actions, but as I matured, I realized that I wasn't the only one, there were a lot of people being attacked verbally and physically, based on, essentially, the color of their skin. Some people had this belief that if they showed disrespect to other cultures, they would be heroes, which, logically, doesn't make any sense. If the Buck-Eyes beat your state's football team, would you hate the entire state of Ohio, and everyone from Ohio? The logical person would say no. The correct solution to something like this (Trolling in real life), is to ignore them, and silently, but definitely, consider them lower than what they could have been by a great extent. Give them the same stigma we give to the Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and other Xenophobes, and the world will generate a higher standard, where tolerance isn't just appreciated, but considered a natural duty. If enough people have this mentality of, "no, this is not okay," then they will sink into the class they are, the group of people who spew hate which isn't justified at any level, which I consider the lowest class of all.
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