a reply to: Stormdancer777
This is a truly amazing and uplifting turn of events. What wonderful people these men are. Heroes, in the truest sense.
I have heard and seen (on this very site actually, numerous times) people say that all followers of Islam are evil monsters, etc. and that they need
to be "wiped off the face of the planet", or other equally horrid variations of that sentiment; advocating the cold, methodical eradication of an
entire religion and the people who follow it. Like Matthew Hopkins killing innocent Witches by burning or drowning them for simply being what they
In fact, my own housemate launched a screaming, drunken tirade at me one night in the very recent past because he said that all Muslims need to be
"rounded up and executed"...including US-born citizens; women, children, babies, all of them, everywhere; that it would be "the only way to make sure
terrorism ends for good", and I committed the atrocious crime of declining to agree with that assessment. As if heritage has anything to do with it,
or as if simply following the teachings of the Koran and exercising their First Amendment rights somehow makes them automatically predisposed to
becoming instruments of terror. I grew up in the Middle East, so I know better than that, but trying to reason with him just made him yell even
Ditto trying to tell him that terrorism is not really about religious beliefs, but about power and political gain; that killing people in the name of
Allah is no different than David Koresh or Timothy McVeigh killing people in the name of their
God. It is terrorism just the same, and if we
started killing innocent Muslims with impunity out of blind and senseless hatred, we'd be no better than the very people he was ranting about in the
first place; actually worse
in a way; like saying terrorism is acceptable, as long as it's our
terrorists, or that so-called"Christian"
terrorists are somehow better than Muslim terrorists because they use the Bible as an excuse for murder instead of the Koran.
His final words on the subject were: "If the so-called 'good' Muslims don't want to be treated with hatred, then they need to get off their asses and
something to stop all the other ones. If they won't do that, then they need to die like all the rest." It was patently ridiculous and
outrageous of him to even suggest such a thing; that these people somehow need to prove their worth as human beings before they can be allowed to
coexist with us...but when I saw this post I remembered it immediately, and it really made my heart smile.
Of course, they didn't perform this act of heroism to prove their worth...nor were they required to. They could have been wrong and lost their lives,
but they took that chance because
of their faith that Allah would protect them and thus protect the people they were shielding. They were the
very embodiment of anti-terrorism, literally standing up against it.
Well today when the housemate gets home I think I'll ask him how those bitter words taste now, served on top of that big slice of Humble Pie. Maybe
an ice cold glass of Don't You Feel Stupid will help him choke it down. I'm not going to hold out hope that his attitude will totally change but
maybe, along with others like him, he will see the wrong in wanting to punish the many for the actions of a few...it would be a good start, anyway.
Thank you for posting that and giving me something to smile about today. S&F