I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It’s practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.
President Obama? Nope
Those are the words of President George W. Bush spoken on September 20, 2001 a mere 9 days after the largest terrorist attack on American soil.
Today the cowardly Donald Trump called for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation’s leaders can “figure out what is going on,” Trump’s actions are not one of strength but of weakness and fear. His words driving a wedge between American Christians and American Muslims. Will anyone be surprised when his words lead to violence or maybe the death of innocent Muslim Americans simply because of the religion they worship. Will anyone be surprised when he is asked to be accountable for his words that the same cast of characters will rally to his defense and say here we go again, the liberal media attempting to link Trump and his so called “angry rhetoric” to this incident when this was just the actions of a mentally disturbed lone wolf.
Agree or disagree with him one thing we can say is that President Bush, who repeatedly referred to Islam as a religion of peace, understood the power of his words. Donald Trump who is looking to scare you into voting for him doesn’t.
Everyone deserves at least one person they can share that Earth Wind and Fire type of moment with
More senseless deaths; more families left to mourn the loss of loved ones; more cries from churches, synagogues and other places of worship of why; more pulling apart than coming together as politicians, advocates and ordinary people look to find someone or some group to blame. This is what we wake to this morning on a day that is becoming all too commonplace in America because hate has reared its ugly head yet again. Now after identifying the cowards who once again destroyed the lives of countless families with just the pull of a trigger the networks ask – will the FBI now call this terrorism? And my question is does it really matter?
To be clear terrorism in general is any act designed to cause terror. It is not something that is new to America it has been around for over a century. The KKK for example is a terrorist organization. Now there are different reasons that individuals or groups carry out terrorist attacks but at the end of the day every single one of these so called “mass shootings” have been acts of terrorism. The press or the government waiting to determine the race, religion, or political affiliation of individuals who carry out these heinous acts before they decide what to label it is nothing more than politics at its worst.
But again I ask what does it really matter? Because no matter what we call it, today we will still mourn for those innocent souls lost yesterday. We still look on with grief at the pain their families must endure. Because no matter how we label it, hate continues to chip away at our collective morality as a species. Hate, unless we find a way to defeat it will undoubtedly be the downfall of us as a people and when we’re gone it won’t matter how we labeled it.