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To Incoming Syrian Refugees: I Apologize.
Today I was stricken by the reality of what is happening across this land in the wake of the attacks that shook Paris earlier this week. I have watched and waited to write a piece about this. Many who read this will already know that I am personally against religion as a whole and I do not care for any of them. I am actually quite active in my opposition to ideology in general and I am not modest about it.
In an odd turn of events, I am here to defend the followers of islam. Particularly the refugees coming in from Syria. Now before you open your mouth about the atrocities committed in the name of Islam, I will say that I am aware of them as much as I am aware of the disgusting acts and ideation presented by Christianity. I am not here to defend the Islamic faith. I am here to defend the people who fall within it and mean no harm. I aim to defend those who dont deserve to be referred to like dogs by the media of this country.
My countrymen have tucked tails and have retreated into their shells. The conservative war-machine knows nothing about compassion. As an American Atheist, I want to apologize for my misguided brothers and sisters.
You have experienced great tragedy. You have faced hardships that some of us will never know. You will arrive into this country hopeful, ready to rest your feet. I must apologize in advance for the reality of what you will face upon your arrival. Following the attacks in Paris, the widespread anger and hatred toward Muslim's is at an all-time high. The right-wing politicians are using this great tragedy to toss you all into the same heap as the terrorists of ISIS. I apologize for the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
I am sorry about those of my fellow citizens who choose to spit venom as opposed to offering you comforting words and solace. I can only ask that you ignore the stones they cast. Allow me to repent for the cowardice being displayed here. We are not the same, you and I. We are different people from different lands, cultures, and beliefs. Whoever conceived that as being a bad thing, I pity them. As my heart is filled with love for you all.
You are welcome here. And we love you. We are sorry.
This should've ended with the last bit, I know. I just saw this video as I finished up my post while burning time up on facebook and I couldn't help but fit it in here. This video epitomizes human love and compassion. I find this a true demonstration of the common bond we all share as humans, regardless of current events, race, faith, or nationality.
The french have just been attacked by a Muslim terrorist group, and they still don't pass the judgment unto the Muslims among them. That is because the French are not cowards. The French are being smart about this, and the peoole of the U.S. Need to quickly realize they should be as well.