Muslim backlash

  1. I have been watching our Washington stations which broadcast pictures of mosques in Washington State and Texas (Irving I think) that have been vandalised (one had a bullet hole in their window). Also played tape recorded messages left on their answering machine about how muslims should go home.

    I hope people will remember that we didn't start screaming about Christianity condoning killing when Timothy McVeigh commited his terrorist attack in Oklahoma. There is no excuse for screaming about Islam condoning this either. The actions of a few muslims (and we don't know that for sure yet) should not make us think that all the followers of Islam are terrorists or anti-American. I hope people will consider that and not allow themselves to turn into biggots overnight.
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  3. by   kewlnurse
    Even if the spinless scum who did this are found to be related to the Muslim religion, they are not true followers, God, by any name, would not condone murder, only the devil himself would.
  4. by   MollyJ
    Time to read _Like Snow Falling on Cedars_ By David Guterson if you haven't already done it, about the backlash against the Japanese during WWII. Though it focuses on the lives a few, it is historically eyeopening.

    Let us continue to view each other as individuals.
  5. by   jimminy
    REALITY- we are going to have a hard time separating care from issues regardless whether we know its wrong. I had a man and wife last night of Middle East nationality, wearing turbans.The man was very condescending to staff and made degrading remarks against the Hispanics we were treating, saying "they are taking up all the time". (they had been there for 2 hrs for an earache) Also calling the staff non compassionate and liars. When approached, he said "I am Muslim, I do not lie". This was VERY HARD to respond to without actually saying what was coming to my mind, such as "You dont know compassion!" and "Lie? Its wrong to lie, but not to kill thousands of innocent people!!!!"
    Yes, I remained professional, but had to have him escorted out by security before other patients lynched him with the staffs help.
    I'm not saying My thoughts were right, but they were definitely there! I was so angry that he had the nerve to come to our country, getting free care from the Americans he seemed to despise so much.(Yes, he was there on a green card).
    I don't mean to sound so bitter, but I feel so angry. To top it off, they were discharged at 0630 this am. One hour later, the EC had to evacuate due to ......... A BOMB THREAT!! COINCIDENCE?
  6. by   frustratedRN
    and i had a wonderful muslim patient last night. a doctor. he was one of the kindest and caring people i have yet to meet. he had just had a chest tube put in and had a tough time of it. he was just lying there and i was going to suggest he turn on his tv but then i thought that might not be a good idea.

    i too thought of the japanese and those things that happened to them in wwII.
    i dont have any answers. im angry too but its so hard to be angry at a whole nation of people.
  7. by   teamrn
    I have thoughts similar to frustrated's. As I heard or read anti-WASP proclamations, I was remeinded of the Japanese Americans in WWII. How can we as loving Americans, realizing that our country is a melting pot, a haven for ALL ethnicities, consider that the proud Americans who operate my dry cleaners, have different religious preferences, wear 'different' clothing had ANYTHING to do this. I've heard many denounce this. I was saddened to see the children in Palestine streets cheering these acts, but I'm realizing that they most likely have no idea what they are cheering, and are just imitating a few adults.

    We must be careful not to aim attitudes of distrust at ANYONE until he/she is proven NOT to be trustworthy. These attackers are in a MINORITY, and we MUST continue to think this way.

  8. by   KC CHICK
    Unfortunately, this attack is only going to increase racism within the US. Does anyone remember, from our history lessons, how the American-Japanese were treated after the bombing of Pearl Harbor???? These kinds of responses are not new to this country. People are scared and pretty pi$$ed off right now. I'm afraid that if I were of middle-eastern descent, I'd definately have to "lay low" until things calm down a bit. Americans are trying to deal with their immense anger right now and it's too bad that the anger is pointed at the innocent just because of their race.
    I've heard way too many people in the past few days saying "Just don't let anymore people into this country" or "Send them all back where they came from". It's so very sad.
  9. by   CEN35
    It's one of those things......if there are physical characteristics to tell a group will happen. Can you blame anyone person? Yesterday. I was invovled in a car which my car was totalled.....did I try to run all women out of the area? NOT! Just saying.....we can't hold an entire race/nationality responsible for a few bad apples.

    Last edit by CEN35 on Sep 13, '01
  10. by   fergus51
    Jimminny, he was an A$$, but they come in all races and religions don't they? I had a white female one today. And Islam does not condone the killing of thousands of innocent people despite what the media would have you believe.

    As for the Palestinians dancing- they have had a beef with the US for years, I don't find this surprising. The US is one of the biggest supporters of Israel and if my kids had been blown up by weapons bought with American money, I might be mad too. Does it make it right? NO, of course not. But, there is a long list of reasons why some of those of Middle Eastern descent have hatred for America (but that shouldn't make us think that that ALL of them do). They are in a COMPLETELY different culture and have seen people being blown up for years, perhaps they just aren't as shocked as we are. Perhaps things like terrorism have become more a part of everyday life. I pity those people, I don't hate them.

    Nothing and I mean NOTHING can excuse the bigotry shown to muslims in the US or anywhere else since this attack. You might want to remember that they are Americans too. They are hurting like everyone else.
  11. by   fergus51
    By Leonard Pitts Jr.

    Published Thursday, September 13, 2001

    Hatred is unworthy of us
    Episodes from the aftermath of tragedy:
    In Colorado Springs, Colo., four men threaten to burn down a mosque.

    In Irving, Texas, someone fires shots into the Islamic Center.

    In Chicago, a passerby threatens violence against an Arab man.

    The sad and awful truth is, you knew this was coming. Could have predicted it the moment four stolen planes plowed into a nation's heart. This is, after all, a troubling strain of our national personality that rises reliably to the surface in moments like this.

    During the First World War, Americans of German heritage were widely treated as traitors and spies. During the Second World War, Americans of Japanese heritage were rounded up by the government and interned. During the Iranian hostage crisis, Americans of Middle Eastern heritage were reviled amid loose talk of mass deportation. And Tuesday afternoon, a friend of mine -- though in that moment, I was embarrassed to call him that -- said we should search out everyone in this country from the Middle East and send them back home.

    In the wake of sentiments like those and against the backdrop of our history, let me say just one thing to my sister and brother Americans.

    Don't. Please, don't.

    Do not give terrorists the victory a hundred Pentagons and a thousand World Trade Centers could not. Hatred on account of culture or religion is unworthy of us at any time. But in the wake of Tuesday's events, it's tantamount to giving aid and comfort to the enemy, a group of petty thugs who tried to bring us down to their level, make us just like them.

    I'm reminded of something I heard a man say on the radio Wednesday morning: that it's important that we save Americans, but also important that we save America.

    As we grapple with the unthinkable, it occurs to me that his observation, which came and went in the media maelstrom of experts and pundits, encapsulates much of what is ultimately at stake here. Meaning human lives, yes. But also, that which ennobles them.

    As these words are written, brave and sweat-streaked women and men sift the rubble of iconic office buildings in Manhattan and greater Washington and a crash site in the Pennsylvania countryside. The work of saving Americans continues apace.

    But the work of saving America is a trickier, knottier task whose results are less readily seen. Because it is the work of saving an ideal and an identity, preserving -- and uplifting -- the best of who we are. Meaning, an experiment in individual liberty, a research project in human tolerance, a people bound to one another not by blood but by fealty to a extraordinary ideal.

    And if you don't understand that ideal, well . . . you could pore over the Constitution, you could read the thoughts of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King. Or, you could simply recall the five words at the end of the pledge we once said as children. ``Liberty. And justice. For all.''

    In this moment when emotions are high, it seems prudent -- vital -- that we stop and remind ourselves of what is meant by ``all.''

    Every one of us, no one left out. We are not a nation that is only white or only Christian. We're a people of rainbow hues and multiple faiths.

    If that heritage has taught us nothing else by now, it should have taught us this: It's ignorant to think you can judge a man's soul by looking at his face. Yes, I saw Arabs cheering our pain in the West Bank. I also saw them issuing condemnations in Washington.

    Take it as a reminder: The enemy is not Arab people or the Muslim religion. The enemy is fanaticism, extremism, intolerance, hate. The madmen who commandeered those planes don't represent the followers of Islam any more than the madmen who blow up abortion clinics represent the followers of Christ.

    Yes, we're angry. We're supposed to be angry. We have a right to be angry. But at the same time, we must be wary of the places to which we allow that anger to bring us.

    If we let it deliver us to the doorstep of fanaticism, extremism, intolerance, hate, we might as well give up now. Because everything that matters has already been lost.

    He says it a lot better than I do
  12. by   eventsnyc
    The most dangerous thing is to make a people think that they are being let down. History has shown us that leaders have been using this tactic to turn their people into unthinking lethal weapons.

    Bright minds of the BB please elaborate from here.

  13. by   nurs4kids
    Let's remember that Jiminy is human. His/her response is not uncommon considering this weeks tragedy. It IS very irritating caring for a financial "sponge" who is also demanding and non-appreciative. It's even more irritating when they have come to our country to do this. They have contributed little or nothing and demand much..and usually get it.

    At the same time, we must not let this destroy what we have worked so hard to overcome. We preach tolerance to our kids, we try to break racial barriers within our own communities. Then we want to brand all middle-eastern people as killers. What a confusing message we send our kids. Just as the majority of white men are not clansmen, the majority of black men not criminals, the majority of Germans not nazi, etc..the majority of middle-eastern people do not hate Americans. The majority do not condone this violence. Our media, along with human nature, tends to group acts by race...this is totally unjust. One bad apple does not ruin the whole bunch... if you remove it in time.

    Americans are loving, open-minded and are nurses. Let's not allow the actions of a few evil people to corrupt the good within. Also, let's not forget to pray for those involved in this awful crime...they are obviously lost and missled.

    God bless this country..God bless this world.
  14. by   kennedyj
    When I lived in Italy some close friends who were from Morocco and were muslim (not very active but were muslim). They were the most honest and trustworthy people I knew. If you were a friend of theirs they would do just about anything for you if you needed help. I could count on them much more than my American counterparts that I worked with. When my wife was in Germany attending a University one let her borrow their room because they were going to be gone for a few months. They rented her the room but left the TV, stereo, and all appliances.

    We never blame the whole American race when someone gets mugged downtown etc.....

    Last edit by kennedyj on Sep 13, '01