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The Danger Of Using Black and White As Racial Identifications

31 Oct

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Verses From G-D’s Final Revelation To Mankind

25 Oct

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Verses From G-D’s Final Revelation To Mankind

25 Oct

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Verses From G-D’s Final Revelation To Mankind

25 Oct

With The Name of The One True *G-D, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer

[Chap 21 V 1-50]

Closer and closer to mankind comes their Judgment: yet they heed not and they turn away.

Never comes (anything) to them of a renewed Message from their Lord-Creator, but they listen to it as in a joke,-

Their hearts toying with it as (some kind of) amusement. The wrong-doers conceal their private counsels, (saying), “Is this (so-called prophet) more than a man like yourselves? Will you go to witchcraft with your eyes open?”

Tell them: “My Guardian-Lord knows (every) word (spoken) in the Heavens and on Earth: HE is The ONE that hears and knows (everything).”

“No,” they reply, “(these are) a mix bag of dreams! – No, **He fabricated it (from Judaism and Christianity)! – No, He is (but) a poet! Let him then bring us a (miraculous) Sign like the ones that were sent to (the Prophets) of the past!” –

(As to those generations) before them, not one of the populations which ***WE destroyed believed: will these now believe?

Before you, also, the Messengers WE sent were but men, to whom WE granted Inspiration: If you don’t know this, ask those (Christians and Jews) who possess the Message (sent to them).

Nor did WE give them bodies that did not need to eat food (and to eliminate its’ waste), nor were they exempt from death.

In the end WE fulfilled to them ***OUR Promise, and WE saved them and those whom WE pleased, but WE destroyed those who transgressed beyond bounds.

WE have revealed for you (O Mankind), a Revelation in which is a Message for you: will you not then understand?

How many were the past populations which WE utterly destroyed because of their wickedness; and setting up in their places, other peoples?

Yet, when they felt OUR Punishment (coming), behold, they (tried to) run away from it.

Don’t run! But return to the good things of this life which were given to you, and to your homes in order that you may be called to (a terrible) account.

They cried: “Ah! woe to us! We were indeed wrong-doers!”

And their crying did not stop, until WE made them as a field that is mown down, as ashes silent and quenched.

Not for (idle) sport did WE create the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between!

If it had been OUR wish (to do something) for amusement, WE should surely have taken it from the things nearest to ***US, if WE would do (such a thing)!

No, WE throw the Truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its brain, and behold, falsehood does perish! Ah! woe be to you for the (false) things you ascribe (to G-D).

To HIM belong all (creatures) in the Heavens and on Earth: Even those who are in HIS (very) Presence are not too proud to serve HIM, nor are they (ever) weary (of HIS service):

They celebrate HIS praises night and day, nor do they ever stop or take a break.

Or have Human beings taken (for worship) gods from the Earth who can raise (the dead)?

If there were, in the Heavens and the Earth, other gods besides The One True G-D, there would have been confusion in both! But glory to G-D, The Lord-Creator of the Throne: (High is HE) above what they falsely attribute to HIM!

HE cannot be questioned for HIS actions, but they will be questioned (for theirs).
Or have they taken for worship (other) gods besides HIM? Say to them, “Bring your convincing proof: this is the Message of those with me and the Message of those (Jews and Christians) before me.” But most of them know not the Truth, and so turn away.

Not an apostle did WE send before you without this Inspiration sent by US to him: that there is no deity but I; therefore worship and serve ME.

And they say: “(G-D) Most Gracious has begotten children.” Glory to HIM! they are (but) servants raised to honour.

They speak not before HE speaks, and they act (in all things) by HIS Command.

HE knows what will happen to them (in the future), and what has already happened to them (in the past), and they offer no intercession except for those who are acceptable, and they stand in awe and reverence of HIS (Glory).

If any of them should say, “I am a deity besides HIM”, such a one WE should reward with Hell: thus do WE reward those who do wrong.

Don’t the Ungodly know that the Heavens and the Earth were once joined together (as one unit of creation), before WE broke them apart? WE made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?

And WE have set on the Earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with them, and WE have made therein broad highways (between mountains) for them to pass through: that they may receive Guidance.

And WE have made the Heavens as a canopy well guarded: yet do they turn away from the Signs which these things (point to)!

It is HE WHO created the Night and the Day, and the Sun and the Moon: all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course.

WE granted not to any Human Being before you permanent life (here): if then you shouldst die, would they live permanently?

Every Human Being shall have a taste of death: and WE test you by way of bad and goods things (in life). And to US must you return.

When the Ungodly (and religious hypocrites) see you, they treat you not except with ridicule. “Is this,” (they say), “the one who talks about your gods?” And they blaspheme at the mention of (G-D) Most Gracious!

Man is a creature of haste: soon (enough) will I show you MY Signs; then you will not ask ME to hasten them!
They ask: “When will this promise come to pass, if you are telling the truth?”

If only the Ungodly (and hypocrites) knew (the time) when they will not be able to ward off the Fire from their faces, nor yet from their backs, and (when) no help can reach them!

No, it may come to them all of a sudden and confound them: no power will they have then to avert it, nor will they (then) get a delay.

Mocked were (many) Messengers before you; But their jeerers were surrounded by the thing that they mocked.

Ask them: “Who can keep you safe by night and by day from (the Punishment of G-D) Most Gracious?” Yet they turn away from the mention of their Lord-Creator.

Or do they have gods that can guard them from US? They have no power to aid themselves, nor can they be defended from US.

No, WE gave the good things of this life to these (sinful) Humans and their forefathers for a long period of time. But then have they never seen how WE have visited the Earth (with OUR destruction); gradually depriving it of all that is best thereon? Is it then they who will win?

Say, “I do but warn you according to this Revelation”: But the deaf (and spiritually dead) will not hear the call, (even) when they are warned!

If but a breath of the Wrath of thy Lord-Creator do touch them, they will then cry, “Woe to us! we did wrong indeed!”

WE shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed (of good or bad deeds), WE will bring it (to account): and enough are WE to take account.

In the past WE granted to Moses and Aaron the criterion (for judgment), and a Light and a Message for those who would do right,-

Those who are conscious of their Guardian-Lord in their most secret thoughts, and who hold the Hour (of Judgment) in reverence and awe.

And this is a blessed Message which WE have sent down: will you then reject it?

[Chap 24 V 44-46]

It is The One True G-D, WHO rotates the Night and the Day: verily in these things is an instructive example for those who have vision! 

 

And G-D has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. 

 

The ONE G-D creates what HE wills for verily G-D has power over everything (and everyone).

 

WE have indeed sent down Signs that make things obvious: and G-D guides whom HE wills to a way that is straight.

 

(Verses from the Holy Qur’an)

* G-D instead of g o d. When g o d is spelt backwards it is dog. This is not a respectful spelling of a word to be used in reference to The Lord-Creator of the Heavens and Earth.

** The doubter and deniers of the Revelation called the Holy Qur’an had charged that the Prophet Muhammed had fabricated it. They claimed then (and even now) that he had copied from the Torah and the Gospel. The problem with that story is that Muhammed could neither read nor write. In Arabia during the 7th century men and women who could read and write were very few. The Arabs then were very good at memorizing long poetic stories; but the majority of them were not literate. There are many verses in the Qur’an that refer to Muhammed as being ‘unlettered.’ He received the Revelation from the Angel Gabriel over a 23 years time period. In many verses in the Qur’an the Angels had to give him instructions on what to say to questions asked of him. He was a very humble and kind hearted Human Being; who at first was afraid to speak openly against the idol worshipping of his people. He was admonished by one of the verses in the Qur’an to give G-D’s Message publicly. And there are many other verses in the Qur’an where he was admonished by G-D for mistakes and errors in judgment that he made. If a person fabricates something would they leave in it a retelling of their own personal errors and mistakes.

*** WE, OUR, US are all references in the Holy Qur’an to the Angels who manage G-D’s creation. They are totally obedient to their Creator. They have no independent will of their own. They are incapable of disobedience to HIM.

 

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Why Homosexuality is Rejected by Many Christians and Muslims?

13 Oct
The Merciful All-Knowing, Master-Creator of the Heavens and Earth, has ordained that men and women should mate in order to bring forth children.  
This is the normal pattern that HE has ordained for Human Beings.  
Anything else is abnormal.  
In the Bible in Leviticus 18:22 it says “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” 
Also in Leviticus 20:13 again it says, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” 
In the Holy Qur’an An-Nisa (The Women) 4:15-17 our Creator Reveals:
 “If any of your women are guilty of (sexual) perversity, take the evidence of four (reliable) witnesses (who have been eye witnesses to their sin) from amongst you against them;”
“And if they testify, confine the (women) to houses until death do claim them, or *G-D ordain for them some (other) way (through their repentance).” 
“If two men among you are guilty of perversity, punish them both. If they repent and change (their behaviour), leave them alone; for The One G-D is an acceptor of repentance, (HE) is a Dispenser of Grace.”  
“G-D accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will G-D turn in mercy: For The One G-D is All-Knowing All-Wise.” 
(End of Quranic verses) 
In these Divine Verses from our Creator, there is warnings for Mankind to stay away from the perversity of men having sex with other men, and women having sex with other women. 
Our Creator is All-Knowing and All-Wise.
HE has created Mankind with freedom of will. 
Mankind unlike the other creatures in creation; have been given the freedom to do whatever we have a will to do.
But there are consequences to having free will. 
My personal belief is that our Creator will not punish Human Beings, just for having homosexual feelings; nor for being in a private homosexual relationship. 
What HE will punish Human Beings for is their PUBLIC promotion of homosexuality.  
They will be punished for; their public promotion of the idea that it is okay for two men or two women to marry.
They will be punished for; trying to force others into accepting their abnormal sexual activity as normal. 
And there will be punishment for two men or two women publicly kissing and being intimate with each other.  
And there will certainly be punishment for making children accept the idea; that it is okay to have two fathers or to have two mothers. 
And punishment for their efforts to force the society to acknowledge that two men or two women are husband and wife (?). 
This current zeal to present homosexuality as being normal sexual activity is showing ingratitude to our Creator.  
One of the most beautiful and delightful gifts given to Humanity by G-D, is the intimate sexual relationship between a man and a woman.  
I believe that any Human Being that rejects this wonderful gift from our Creator is committing one of the greatest sin.
MEDIA PROMOTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY
In the past people who were homosexual hid their sexual perversity. They knew that what they were doing was wrong. 
But the current popular trend, is to force all of Humanity into fully accepting homosexuality as normal Human behaviour. 
For the past 50 years in both the USA and the UK, the entertainment industry have been secretly pushing the acceptance of homosexuals.  
They made TV shows with lovable and endearing characters who were clearly homosexuals.  
Little by little over time, they were conditioning the public to accept homosexuals as being funny, and witty individuals.  
When the public had been totally programmed to accept homosexuality, then the entertainment industry made their move.
They began to have television shows; that showed women kissing other women.  
Then famous actors, musicians etc. started ‘coming out’ and proclaiming to the world that they were homosexuals (sexually confused). 
Homosexuals began to refer to themselves as ‘gays.’ 
I am one among many who have refused to use that word to identify them. 
The hijacking of the word gay, was part of their strategy in winning over people of my generation into accepting their perversity. 
My generation was taught that the word gay meant, happy, merry, carefree etc. 
They took the word gay to identify themselves, so that the world would believe that homosexuals were a group of happy and merry people.
That their sexual perversity was fun. 
That is why most of the sexually confused people who appear on TV shows in the past and even now are always funny and comical.
 They are always full of jokes and witty remarks. 
This characterisation of them, just keep up the idea in the minds of normal people; that the sexually confused are a lot of happy, merry and carefree people. 
They want the world to believe that they are so happy, merry and gay committing perverted sex; that we would gladly join them in their merriment. 
Later when these famous entertainers, sports figures etc., publicly announced their homosexuality, it had the desired effect. 
Their fans had come to love and worship these popular personalities as their stars, and ‘idols.’
Whatever dislike they may have had about homosexuality, vanished.
Now that they had discovered that one of their idols was one of those strange homosexual people; their negative views on homosexuals became positive.
LIES ABOUT WHAT CAUSES HOMOSEXUALITY 
The sexually confused zealots, are now trying to convince the world that they were born homosexuals.  
They are telling the lie that G-D has made them homosexuals from birth. 
That they had no choice in their sexual preference. 
What they don’t want the world to know is this:
 The MAJORITY of sexually confused Humans today, were molested by adults when they were children. 
From the most ancient times, arm in arm with homosexuality is Pedophilia. 
In ancient Greece and Rome where homosexuality was publicly accepted, Pedophilia was also accepted.  

HOMOSEXUALITY AND PEDOPHILIA ARE ONE

Look at the evidence unearthed from the destroyed cities of the Greek and Roman empires. 
All kinds of paintings and writings about homosexuality and having sex with children.  
I believe that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, not just for their homosexuality, but because they were also pedophiles. 
They had passed laws in their government assemblies, that forbade anyone from criticising their perversions.  
The Prophet Lot and his followers were forbidden from talking to anyone unless they gave them permission.  
The rich and the powerful had the authority to force their sexual desires on anyone they choose. Whether adult or child.
Here are various verses from the Holy Qur’an about Prophet Lot and these people:  
“**WE also (sent the Prophet) Lot: He said to his people: “Do you commit sexual perversity such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you?” 
“For you practise your sexual lusts on men in preference to women: you are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.”  
“And his people gave no answer but this: they said, “Drive them out of your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!”  
(In another part of the Qur’an, the following verses refer to Prophet Lot’s visitors and the behaviour of the people of his city)
“And when **OUR Messengers came to Lot, he was grieved on their account, and felt himself powerless (to protect) them: but they said:
“Do not fear, nor grieve: We are (here) to save you and your followers, except your wife: she is of those who will stay behind.” 
 “And his people came rushing towards him (they had heard about his handsome young visitors), and they had been long in the habit of practising (sexual) abominations.”  
“He said to them: ‘O my people! Here are my daughters: they are purer for you (if you wish to marry)! Now fear The One G-D, and cover me not with shame about my guests!” 
“Is there not among you a single right-minded man?”  
They replied: “Well do you know, that we have no (sexual desires) for your daughters: indeed you know quite well what we want!”  
He answered them: “Would that I had power to suppress you or that I could betake myself to some powerful support.”  
“(The Messengers) said: “O Lot! We are Messengers from your Lord-Creator!” 
“By no means shall they reach you! Now travel with your family while yet a part of the night remains, and let not any of you look back: but your wife (will remain behind): To her will happen what happens to the people.”
“Morning is their time appointed: Is not the morning near?”  
“When OUR Decree issued, WE turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay, spread, layer on layer,”  
“Marked as from your Guardian-Lord: Nor are they (this present generation) ever far from those who do wrong!” 
(End of Qur’anic verses) 
These modern day, current followers of the behaviour of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah want to have the same power and influence over the society, as those from the past. 
They want to stifle any kind of criticism of their perversity.  
Any public figure or entertainer who dares to criticise their sin will find themselves in hot water.  
They will lose their current employment and most likely banned from ever appearing on TV or movies ever again.  
Even when they are forced to apologise for whatever they may have said; the sexually confused will never forgive them.  
The harshest and most vicious responses that I have received for the various subjects I have written about; is always when I criticise homosexuality.  
The sexually confused are not as warm and kind hearted as the media would like us to believe. 
Many of them are vicious and mean. 
Their behaviour is no different than those of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. 
I say to all Human Beings; whatever your sexual preference may be.  
Your sexual preference should not be known to anyone except your Creator and whoever you may be intimate with.  
Then your sin will be limited to yourself.  
Trying to force the world into accepting your sin as being normal and saying that The Creator made you that way, WILL land you in Hellfire.  
You WILL be miserable in this life and then in the Hereafter, you will receive an even worse punishment. 
*G-D instead of god. When god is spelt backwards it is dog. This English spelling of god for The Creator of the Heavens and Earth is not respectable word to be used in reference to HIM. 
Centuries ago, devil minded imps deceived English Christians into using that spelling for The Creator. It was/is a private joke for them against the Gentiles. 
**WE, OUR are references in the Holy Qur’an to the Angels who are responsible for all creation. They manage and control G-D’s creation. They are totally obedient to the Commands of G-D.
See also:
https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/sexually-confused-human-beings/ 
 
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When Politicians Commit Hate Crimes

1 Oct

When Politicians Commit Hate Crimes 

(From readersupportednews.org)

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, TIME

30 September 15

 

Ben Carson. Donald Trump. Public figures are perpetrating unconscionable acts

 

Much of the rest of the democratic world seems perplexed or bemused by America’s lengthy presidential political season. 

(The UK boasts only one month of official campaigning for prime minister.) 

But our endless campaign for president has the same advantage of any long courtship: we see our suitors in so many different situations that they can’t hide all their flaws. 

The guard comes down and the truth comes out. America’s prolonged process holds a mirror to the hearts of the candidates, and for some, that mirror has revealed a loathsome heart of darkness.

Unfortunately, the words expressed by these hearts are even darker. What is most frightening is that, under the guise of patriotism, these people in the public spotlight are committing hate crimes. Such irresponsibility calls into question their judgment, their ability to fairly lead or speak for our diverse population, and their professed beliefs about what America stands for.

The U.S. Department of Justice describes a hate crime as “the violence of intolerance and bigotry, intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious, sexual orientation, or disability.” The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated the number of hate-crime victims in the U.S. to be over 250,000

And, though we cherish our right to free speech in this country, we also acknowledge that we are not entitled to say anything we want when it can cause others to be harmed. When those who have governmental authority, such as police, or who command wide attention from the public, such as candidates and pundits, express contempt for any group, it emboldens the bigots to crawl out from beneath their tree stumps to openly express their prejudices because they believe they have tacit approval from those in authority. 

Princeton economist Alan Krueger suggests one significant cause of hate crimes is the “official sanctioning and encouragement of civil disobedience.” Hate crimes occur when those in authority create an atmosphere of hate through their speech.

When presidential candidate Ben Carson said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of the nation,” because it was “incompatible with the Constitution,” he made Muslims targets by implying they were incapable of being loyal Americans—an opinion he continued to promote even into a recent CNN interview. 

Because of him, Muslims are now a little less safe as they walk home. Perhaps even more baffling is that Carson has a book coming out soon that is his common-sense approach to understanding the Constitution. 

Sadly, his comments are an attack on, rather than a defense of, the Constitution. 

Article VI of the Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Thomas Jefferson and the boys would certainly be aghast to hear Carson’s Bizarro World interpretation. 

Carson’s attitude certainly echoes the attacks on John F. Kennedy by Norman Vincent Peale and other Protestants who argued that Kennedy’s Catholic faith was incompatible with being president.

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been a deep well of hate speech. What makes it worse is that he doesn’t seem to realize it, which makes us question his perception of reality of what America stands for. 

First, his June 16 accusation that Mexican immigrants were mostly drug dealers and rapists. The gleeful outpouring of agreement from closet racists, previously afraid or ashamed to openly express their irrational hostility, confirms the terrible effect of such hate speech on society. 

Even though facts, statistics, and studies by authorities on the subject contradict Trump’s claim, this doesn’t matter to bigots because by definition they have pre-judged people: reached a conclusion without weighing all the facts.

Trump’s second gaffe was in referring to the looks of his rival, Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on.” This hate speech goes out to all you men in the audience. After all, he’s saying with a wink and frat grin, we know a woman’s worth is based first and foremost on her looks, not her intelligence or moral fortitude. 

His statements confirmed the very worst attitudes that have been perpetuated toward women that have helped maintain their lower wages, worse health care, glass ceilings, and physical exploitation.

Even worse, Trump attempted to right his unrightable wrong at the second debate by saying, “I think she has a very beautiful face, and she is a beautiful woman.” His comment showed he had learned nothing from his original insult. Calling her beautiful, or ugly, still emphasizes her looks over her abilities. Trump’s inability to learn from mistakes is a disturbing characteristic for a would-be president.

Trump’s third hate crime is how he dealt with the man who approached him during a town hall event in Rochester, NY: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called ‘Muslim,’” the man said. “You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American…. Anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?” 

This was a golden opportunity for Trump to demonstrate his presidential savvy, patriotic duty and moral leadership. Instead, he folded his cards: “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We’re going to be looking at that and many other things.” 

Rather than tell the man that Trump did not stand for this kind of paranoid anti-American ranting, he muttered a bunch of nonsense generalities. 

How will he show a strong hand to foreign leaders when he can’t handle a delusional racist in a Trump t-shirt? More troubling, by not countering this man, he sent out a message of passive agreement that notches up anti-Muslim prejudice another notch.

Trump countered criticism by saying, “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so.” 

Maybe not every time, but certainly this time in front of a national audience when he had the chance to promote intelligent debate, protect Muslims from bigotry, and establish his moral obligation to defend the country. A few days later, Trump adjusted his opinion saying, “I love the Muslims. I think they’re great people.” He even said he would not be opposed to having a Muslim on his cabinet. 

While he deserves credit for damage control, the damage was already done.

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter gave anti-Semitism a much unneeded boost when she tweeted her outrage over Republican candidates during the second debate expressing support of Israel: “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” 

Naturally, a right-wing group expressed their support through #IStandWithAnn. The notion that Jews wield too much power in politics is so old and musty that it’s almost quaint. It’s interesting that the discussion did not address the political issue of Israel’s value as an ally in the region. Instead of arguing merits, word was sent far and wide across the land: Jews are the problem.

After such controversial statements, there’s always a follow-up explanation in which these nattering nabobs (you’re welcome, Spiro Agnew) “clarify” what they really meant. Unfortunately, by then it’s too late. The damage has already been done. 

Bigotry has been broadcast like a wireless network (“Can you hear my hatred now?”). 

Mexican immigrant children, Jewish children, Muslim children, and daughters everywhere will walk among their peers a little more ashamed, more frightened, and more in danger because of their hate speech.

Recently a 14-year-old Muslim boy in Texas brought a homemade clock to school and was handcuffed and arrested for suspicion of bringing a bomb. He was suspended for three days. 

Since then, the boy has been invited the White House by President Obama and to Facebook offices by founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Microsoft sent him a huge bundle of computer equipment. 

There’s also been considerable chatter about whether the boy was perpetuating a hoax, criticism that he didn’t invent the clock, and other such blame-the-victim invective that is irrelevant. 

Commentator Bill Maher agreed with the arrest: “Because for the last 30 years, it’s been one culture that has been blowing sh-t up over and over again.” Maher’s rant completely misses the point: In the United States, we don’t arrest, humiliate, and punish children because they belong to a religion in which extremist members are violent because that would include almost every religion in the country. 

What we do is calmly investigate, gather information, then act in a rational manner. 

Was there anything that Ahmed Mohamed ever did so far in school to suggest he might have a bomb? Even if we agree that the teacher and administration acted responsibly in not taking any chances, and a case can be made on their behalf, there’s no justification for the harsh treatment of the boy. 

His treatment was based on his religion and nothing more, which is about as un-American as it gets.

In that same week, a Chicago Sikh man was brutally beaten while being called “Bin Laden” and “terrorist.” Ironically, being Sikh is not the same as being Muslim. 

In fact, there is animosity between the two religions in parts of the world. The teenager who perpetuated the crime is just another mindless conduit of hate that burns in this country for anything, anyone, or any idea that is not familiar, traditional, or comfortable. 

We certainly don’t want leaders who stoke those flames with their dangerous rhetoric.

A favorite movie of mine is Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) in which Gregory Peck plays a reporter who pretends to be Jewish in order to write a story about anti-Semitism. 

He is socially ostracized, his son threatened, and his engagement nearly destroyed. 

Defending her own lack of bigotry, his fiancée explains how she was at a dinner where a man told an anti-Semitic joke. The man she’s telling the story to, a close Jewish friend, asks her, “What did you do?” 

She replies: “I wanted to yell at him. I wanted to leave. I wanted to say to everyone, ‘Why do we take it when he’s attacking everything we believe in?’” 

“What did you do?” her friend persists. To which she replies, “I just sat there.” 

The “gentleman’s agreement” is that when people say things that create an atmosphere of fear, hatred, and exclusion, nobody speaks up. 

In order to end it, to send the pretenders of patriotism back to their caves, we all need to speak up. 

We never want to have to answer the question, “What did you do?” with “I just sat there.”

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(This article is from readersupportednews.org)