As time passes me by, I tend to wonder what have I learned? Not in the grand general sense such as life, but specifically as it relates to this blog.
The main reason I even started this blog was to catalog my thoughts so that they wouldn’t be lost in the endless stream of msg boards and other online forums.
I have always had this zealous and somewhat foolish idea that if non-Muslims would just meet actual Muslims some of the foolish things they think and say about Muslims would begin to fade.
I likened the journey to the integration of blacks and whites here in America, I mean we have a black first family, 40 years ago the idea wouldn’t even be good science fiction because it wasn’t even imaginable!
So often in moments of optimistic zealotry and ignorance I tend to believe that non-Muslims and Muslims alike will somehow cross the burning sands and learn to let petty stereotypes and ideas fall to the wayside.
However, at times I don’t feel like this is going to happen anytime soon. Just look at the comments on my blog from time to time and these are just the ones I actually approve!
I have been personally called everything from the tired n-word, to traitor, to Zionist plant, and that’s nothing compared to what has been said about Islam in general! 🙂
So I wonder, where do I go from here? Why do I even bother?
Some people are just stupid. If my 4yr old knew I used that word he would correct me and tell me that I’m using a bad word! Even though I don’t like to call people stupid, in some cases it’s true.
I mean the biggest issue as it relates to the non-Muslim campaign against Muslims (and for the record I’m not talking about all non-Muslims, just those who engage in such folly) is that they really want grown adults to believe that 1.5 billion people are actively engaged in a secret conspiracy to take over the West because our religion tells us so.
Yet, they can never explain the little nuances (see facts) like a sizable Muslim community has existed in the West for centuries and religion wasn’t an issue, or that among some of the most powerful people in Western governments happen to be Muslim, or my personal favorite facts are tied; the fact that thousands of Muslims actively serve today in the US Military and many pop culture icons are also Muslim (see Muhammad Ali, Dave Chappelle, etc)
This is why I think these people are stupid and maybe that word is too simple to describe whats actually going on.
What I truly believe is that many of the front men and women for this anti-Muslim agenda, don’t actually believe what they state that they do. I think it’s about the money! There’s alot of money to be made if your a so-called “former” Muslim or one from “Muslim culture” who somehow seen the light about the evils of Islam. Some of these characters make no less than 10k for an hour of foolish theories and misinformation.
It’s because many in the West were successfully manipulated after 9/11 to believe that they could die any moment and that fear bred hate and these guys keep it going in order to keep the money flowing.
It’s not the puppet masters who are stupid, but the book buyers and listeners who use their propaganda to validate their fears and hate.
To me its simple logic and to not use it makes one stupid or at least willfully ignorant.
If 1.5 billion Muslims actually acted in concert to do harm to non-Muslims, it would happen with ease and there would be war in almost every city. Heck, if 1.5 billion of any group came together to wreak havoc, the results would be the same.
But the reality is that a good chunk of Muslims especially in the US, go about their business day to day not worrying about anything more or less than most other Americans like their home expenses, sending the kids to college, and that supervisor who gets on their nerves at work.
We are not knocking on doors, producing entire cable channels to proselytize, or busy telling our neighbors how if they don’t become Muslim they are going to hell.
But somehow, people are scared of us! Muslims have been in the US over 400 years and up until 8 years ago, many Americans never even heard or cared about the words “Muslims” or “Islam” and the idiots who murdered on that day were all foreigners, but US Muslims are to be feared….go figure!
I don’t know, maybe it’s worth it, maybe it’s not, but as Time passes me by, it actually becomes more and more comical!