Originally posted by infinite
reply to post by BigDaveJr
When was the last time a Buddhist burned the Bible?
The pastors behavior is totally execrable and irresponsible. What was his justification again? "Jesus would do it" if he was here - Jesus, the second
Holiest prophet in Islam. Love thy neighbour...
What a wonderful group of people, splendid mentality. Inspiring role models, the tutelage for modern society. Man, a Christian leader suggesting.
another religious sect is intolerant and feels the urgent need to envision how his Church is "tolerant"
I'm not one to agree with Tony Blair, but he commented these words of this event;
Don't burn the Qu'ran, read it*
*This if this "Church" has developed, learned and mastered the art of basic literacy skills.
By the way tonight when the Crescent Moon appears two holidays are going to begin for two of the three Abrahamic Religions:
Jewish New Years and Muslim Eid
Last year CNN did a piece on Eid which I had frankly never heard of. It marks the end of Ramadan and is basically New Years, Thanksgiving and
Christmas all rolled into one. In the CNN piece it said that many Muslims living in America found the Holiday to have far less joy because so few
people celebrate here in America, and that typically made them sad.
Proto hates sad people because Proto loves the Barney Song! This is a rare affliction that a small percentage of adults who have had too many children
There is no cure for the Barney Song disease, just an incessant and insatiable desire that we all be one big happy family!
So I did two things I made a mental list of everyone I knew who was Muslim, shopkeepers, clients and neighbors and determined I would try playing Eid
Clause to lift their spirits, and I also made a thread where I published guess where? Right here on Above Top Secret to chronicle my experience in
reaching out to my Muslim brothers and sisters to encourage others to do the same.
Now a couple of interesting things, first some background. Just prior to the beginning of the holiday a fellow member who favors Zionist politics had
tried to convince me through a series of emails that he was in possession of credible information that Islam would use the crecent moon and the start
of the Holiday to launch a series of Dirty Bomb Attacks on the United States and possibly Canada too.
He even went so far as to say that the city I live in Miami was a prime target.
I knew this was nonsense because everyone loves Miami!
But in other words I should be afraid, very afraid. We should all be afraid very afraid.
Naturally these Dirty Bomb Attacks didn't materialize, it was just more of we must fear the Islamic Boogie man nonsense.
Now I was a bit nervous when I set out to play Eid Clause, I had no idea what the actual Muslim customs were other than what CNN wrote in their
article of three days of feasting and gift giving.
So I decided to take gifts of food! Healthy nuts and fruits and not so healthy pastries.
I would walk in to a store or a business where a Muslim owned it or worked behind the counter, put on a big smile and hand over a little basket and
say "I want to wish you Happy Eid".
I am white, and have long hair, and looked like I am trapped in the 1970's, and they all without hardly an exception looked at me like I had just
pulled the pin on a hand grenade for a second.
"You know it is Eid? " I would smile and say "Yes, yes I do", they would look at me like maybe I was the Ghost of Christmas Past who had stumbled onto
the wrong movie set and reply "But you, you are not Muslim?", and I would smile and say "No, no I am not, I am not even religious", they would eye me
a bit suspiciously and the gifts probably wondering if they were poisoned and ask "So how do you know it's Eid?" and I would smile some more and reply
"because I read about it on CNN's web site this morning" this would trigger a bit of a response like "ah" and then I would go on smiling and say "CNN
said that because there are so few Muslims in the United States that many Muslims here are sad on Eid, because it's not universally celebrated like
Christmas is, and Eid is in Muslim Countries, so I thought I would help you celebrate!"
Now when they realized I was not pulling their legs, their eyes and faces lit up like Christmas trees. The suspicion and caution melted away, and
there aren't really words to describe how happy most of them appeared to be. They all insisted on giving me an Eid gift in return, mostly really tasty
home baked cookies and cakes, none of which I had ever tasted before.
Some came right out and told me, that a American who wasn't Muslim wishing them a Happy Eid and bearing gifts to boot was probably the nicest Eid
present they could ever hope for.
A number of people who read the thread all had similiar experiences, many being so over loaded with gifts they felt like they had robbed a bank when
they left neighbors homes after hours of talking and eating and sharing stories and learning about one another.
The most interesting thing was when a man in Australia told his neighbors that it was me, an American who had come up with the idea and prompted him
to play Eid Clause himself, they were flabbergasted! An American? An American? We really do have an anti-Islamic immage throughout the world, and they
determined that an American coming up with this idea, was probably the best Eid gift they had gotten!
Now here is the amazing thing. It's been a year since then, and not one terrorist attack by Muslims has been carried out on the United States since
then, nothing has changed, yet the atmosphere of fear and prejudice is many times greater this year than it was last year?
Why? Because Muslims want to build a cultural center in New York City? They want to BUILD something, and because a Pastor in Gainesville wants to
DESTROY something and burn something?
In reality the why is just a lot of very prejudicial people running around the Internet spreading fear just like the man a year ago who tried
convincing me a Dirty Bomb Attack was about to happen.
Why is just a lot of politicians tapping in on the sentiment these people are creating.
Why is because the media loves to sensationalize anything for ratings.
Islam really isn't doing this or driving this, prejudicial Americans are.
Prejudicial Americans who have for the most part never met or interacted with a Muslim, or ever read the Quran. Who almost everything they imagine
they know about both, is taken from the websites and videos of prejudicial people who have never met a Muslim or read the Quran either.
Without exception most of our own troops who have been living in the Islamic world are against this kind of stereotyping, from lowly privates up to
the top Generals. Many feel it makes their job that much harder to do in forging partnerships in Islamic Nations.
Maybe instead of burning Qurans and Bridges people ought to try doing just what I did last year, and building and strengthing some Bridges instead, by
trying to civil and neighborly and kind to Muslim Americans during their most important Holiday of the year.
No one tried to convert me when I did this, they just had a whole lot of respect and well wishes for me, and some very tasty cookies and cakes too.
Rest assured a Proto Does Eid II thread will pop up in a day or so.
Spread some love and joy, leave the fear and hate.
edit on 8/9/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler because: For mutliple spelling errors