When Christians gather for a ‘day of prayer,’ or any other reason, the media is quick to offer its praise for their example of love of God and support for all Christians around the world. In a world where Islamophobia is rampant, nothing was reported in the American media when dozens of Imams gathered in Paris to denounce terrorism.
More than 60 Muslim leaders participated in a Paris bus tour Saturday to express their condemnation of Muslim terrorists. They stopped at multiple sights where these heinous acts were committed. They are calling the tour “The March of Muslims against Terrorism.”
Why was this not a notable issue in the media? The American press is quick to report terrorist acts, but why not anti-terrorist acts? They also refuse to thoroughly report Christian terrorism in the United States, better known as ‘hate crimes.’
I hate to be the one to inform you, but America is not a Christian nation; this is forbidden by the first amendment. Our nation was founded upon religious freedom and denies the implementation of a single religion as our national religion.
Those of you who read my rants regularly know that I am personally opposed to all organized religions. I believe that they are cults. Men who claim to be religious and offer a way to spiritual enhancement offer instructions to the weak-minded about how they should live their lives. Personally, I do not need to be taught right from wrong, or how to achieve a higher level of spirituality. I do believe in the ‘golden rule,’ which states ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I would also fight to the death in an effort to protect the rights of any man or woman to practice the religion of their choice; but it’s not for me.
After Trump announced his candidacy in June of 2015, hate crimes increased. His anti-Muslim position, and his white supremacist beliefs encouraged the worst of America to come out of the shadows. Today, in Trump’s America, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, the LGBTQ community and women walk the streets of our cities in fear; fear of losing their rights and their lives. Before Trump I believed that our nation was maturing and joining the other nations in the developed world. We have been far behind in the acceptance of all of our nation’s people to live as they choose. We have men and women who practice the religion of Islam who are shunned by Christians and bigots. This is not the path to defeating ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other groups who claim to be Muslim but in fact are opportunistic extremists. This is a war based on ideology.
Strangely a man who was once patriotic to the point of shedding a few tears as he sung the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ is now ashamed of his government, and millions of our nation’s people. I continue to celebrate the nation of our founding fathers, but fail to understand my country today. Where are those who respect and accept the differences between us. The most diverse nation in the world should be proud of the fact that we are united in a nation which allows each of us to celebrate our uniqueness.
Trump has encouraged division and hate. This man is not my president, and he should not be accepted as yours. A man who hates America cannot be allowed to defile the White House and claim the title of ‘President of the United States.’ That once meant something, and it lasted until November 8, 2016.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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