The Muslim Community Reaches Out
The Reported "Mosque" That Started it All
I signed onto my Yahoo today to read the headlining news of the day and came across THIS ARTICLE (article removed). I was ecstatic! There has been buzz flying around of a mosque that will be "2 blocks from ground zero". Not only was the information completely WRONG about what it was being built and even where is was being put, the hate filled comments I heard flying around with this rumor as well hurt my heart. America was founded on freedom of religion and this display of anger toward EVERY Muslim, seemed so... un-American to me.
Stepping Out For a PR Campaign
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has decided to step out and start a PR campaign against all the negativity against the rumored mosque and all the hate geared toward the Muslim community. I couldn't be more excited for this. When the rumors started flying about the mosque I was so torn up by all the negativity from the Americans who were set against a mosque being built. I know you cannot change a mind overnight but you can try to stand up for what you believe in, it takes courage. That article caught my eye and I hope that this campaign makes leaps and bounds in the right direction to heal America. They decided not to take a hate-filled stance on the matter but to "challenge the notion that Muslims were not also targeted on 9/11." said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.
The Anniversary Of A Tragedy
No one can deny that what happened that fateful morning will not forever stay with us, and this couldn't have been more true of the fire-fighter that stepped forward to declare that not only was he a first-responder to the 9/11 attacks and lost someone, but that he is also Muslim. The video is of him telling his story as he is in tears and that image will never leave me. How could there be hate fueled by an entire religion? Keith Olbermann stated in his video about how Muslims have become the target by Americans, not all Muslims are terrorists. A smaller grassroots initiative called the "My Faith My Voice" has decided to start a campaign of their own, launching an advertisement of Muslims renouncing terrorism
The New Colossus
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
How were the words of the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty lost? How could the gateway to the United States ask for your tired,poor your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, when the ideas that America was founded on are shunned by the people who live there? The huge loss that America suffered on 9/11 should have brought us all together not tore us all apart. The Statue of Liberty looked on in horror as the Twin Towers fell in front of her that day.
Honoring A Memory
With less than 10 days away until the anniversary of this nation's tragedy draws near I ask a favor of everyone who reads this: Find it in your heart to show kindness and compassion to the lives that were affected. Not just the Americans that were lost in the towers, not just the rescue workers who worked night and day to find survivors, not just the military fighting overseas, but also the Muslims who have lost their lives that day, and the ones who have been attacked since that day just for being who they are. Find love in your heart and sympathy in your soul. Show the world that we are all humans, we are all connected, and we can all love.