It is not about a Mosque; it is about America

The United States of America and the great American values and principles are being destroyed.  America is losing what has made it so great.  Islamophobia is ripping this great country into shreds.  Since the horrors of September 11, 2001, certain forces have been hard at work to alter “the land of the free and the home of the brave” into the land of the bigot the home of the xenophobic.  Some people are bent on fulfilling the objective of the terrorists that attacked America in order to change it.  Some – knowingly or otherwise – are working day and night to do the heavy-lifting for the terrorists by their relentless efforts to transform the United States of America into a hateful, fearful nation.  Their target is Islam; their excuse is September 11, 2001; and their ignorance is displayed by insisting on their ridiculous claim of the presence of a link between the two.

The totally artificial controversy about building an Islamic centre in lower Manhattan is a sign of these ugly times, as humanity witnesses the struggle between the forces that want to preserve the greatness of America and those that are tirelessly working to change it into an anti-Islam tool.  In the process, America is losing all that which made it great; diversity, respect, tolerance, liberty, freedom of expression, rule of law, freedom of religion, and equality for all.  Millions of Muslim Americans are facing the real threat of having their very identity (i.e. Muslim Americans) being declared an oxymoron.

The only explanation for opposing the building of an Islamic centre – two blocks away from “ground zero” in Manhattan, New York – is the totally insane belief that all Muslims are guilty of the terrorists’ act.  To claim that building an Islamic centre, that includes a prayer space, is an offensive display of triumphalism is to indict Islam and all Muslims of the horrific crimes of September 11, 2001.  Accusation of guilt by association used to be something against which Americans would revolt.  Nowadays, some people seem to embrace that line of thinking to become the new norm in America.  They might have other motivating factors for spreading Islamophobia; protecting America and preserving American values cannot be among them.

However, all is not lost – at least not yet.  Some people are standing up, speaking out, and defending the values and principles that made America great.  The following 12-minute video by the eloquent Keith Olbermann says it all:

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada
2010/08/19

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Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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2 Responses to It is not about a Mosque; it is about America

  1. maha says:

    Hi baba – I was hoping to see this video on your site. Very happy you posted!!

    love,
    meesho

  2. TA says:

    Thanks Monzer for posting this. Keith Olbermann is just plain unbelievable and has been throughout the Bush years. He has been speaking up, loudly, well before it became OK for others to do so. His message is powerful and is one that everyone, Muslims included, must remember. You asked if he is Jewish? I loved your answer(Does it matter?) and your explanation for why Muslims are assuming/hoping he is Jewish. Well, Jon Stewart (Daily Show) is Jewish and he took a very similar albeit not nearly as powerful a stand.

    Muslims have seen so many Jews speak up now for Muslims and Palestinians, they almost assume anyone with the guts to speak up must be Jewish! While many are indeed Jewish and are very eloquent (like the ones you posted), it is not only Jews who are speaking up. Remember the rock Spanish music band singing “intifada” to thousands of fans and the American singer who sang “We will not go down, in gaza tonight”?

    People are speaking up and they are being heard. While at times it may feel we are all alone, we are not. We need to remember that. If only we learn to articulate our message in terms of the universal values that Olbermann refers to. Americans think of them as American values, Arabs as Arab values, Muslims as Muslim values. There is a reason why different peoples are claiming these values. They are universal human values.

    Thank you Monzer for the blog and for making it into a forum for people to share their views.

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