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Friday, April 19, 2013

We need to be far better than this, America

Already there are stories of Americans apparently, reputedly, I admit, attacking Muslims or people thought to be Muslims, because it's thought the 2 men who planted and set off the bombs in Boston this past week were Muslim:

Boston Marathon Bombing Fallout: Bangladeshi Man Beaten In Bronx For Being An 'Arab' - International Business Times


Man Beaten Outside Bronx Applebee's in Anti-Muslim Attack after Boston Bombing


Hate Crimes Against Muslims Rising After Boston Bombings

There are so many ways we should be above this.

First, everyone is to be innocent before proven guilty. That alone should make anyone and everyone safe.

Second, violence should never be resorted to, naturally.

Third, how is it anyone could attack another on just the idea and assumption that they're some religion or ethnicity, as some kind of idea that this made any sense at all? Especially since the attacker knows the person they're attacking, in these cases, is totally and utterly innocent. They're only attacking them because they think them to be part of some religion. How do you do that? How do you justify that kind of act?

Fourth and finally, doesn't or wouldn't that make us, as Americans, or anyone who attacked others, just as bad as the original attackers? Sure, no one is killed but innocent people are attacked. It's wildly wrong.

1 comment:

Ernest Evans said...

Dear Mr. Kevin: Good posting!! Yes, we should be above this sort of behavior. In WW II we interned the Japanese-Americans because of their "disloyalty"--then they put us all to shame when the Nisei battalion became the most highly decorated unit to serve in WW II--1,000 purple hearts in a single battalion!! Let us not again turn on our fellow citizens because of the actions of a few extremists. Sincerely, Respectfully and In Christ, Ernest Evans