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:
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!