Sigh. I should have known better.
I got some heat yesterday for my post about the San Bernardino shootings, from Christians.
So now I feel as if I have to explain my comments, because it wasn’t my intent to upset people who have a belief system that is different from mine.
I made the comment that it pissed me off to see pictures of the survivors of the shootings standing outside the building where it happened, holding hands and praying.
YES, they have every right to do that, public building notwithstanding. Though, technically…
Perhaps my complaint ought to rest with the press, who took the picture. I really don’t know.
It could have ended badly for those people if Christians – or non-Muslims – were the targets. I’m pretty sure they didn’t consider that, as at that time not much was known about what happened or why.
My reaction to it was based on the continuing, nearly constant public displays of people asserting their right to pray everywhere – at least in Central PA (and they do that in Memphis, too, where I moved here from).
Also, there are the constant comments online and in the media from Muslims asserting their rights to believe as they wish, always with the caveat that terrorists “aren’t them, it’s the other guys”. CAIR comes to mind, for example. They can always be counted upon to deny that anyone “bad” is connected in any way to Islamic extremism.
I am not commenting on CAIR’s funding or anything else the right-wing crazies accuse them of – I am basing my comments strictly on what CAIR says publicly, in press conferences.
Basically, my message was this: I am tired of extremists of any kind. I am tired of people stomping around and screaming about their religious views. ANY religious views.
And lately, it’s everywhere – this “war on Christmas” silliness that gets bandied about on public transportation and the senior van (what happened to all the progressives when they got older?), on the radio, on TV, in the gift shop I volunteer in, and so on.
On the internet, it’s Islamic extremists and their anti-Semitic rhetoric on Facebook, their insistence on using the comments section of the “Times of Israel” to troll their hatred for Jews (and Christians), and their CAIR press conferences that no one seems to ever comment on unless they are batshit, Pam Geller-like crazy.
I AM SICK OF ALL OF IT.
NO, I do not blame Christians for the attack in San Bernardino. I made my comments, just wondering, if the constant drum-beating by conservatives and fundamentalist Christians might, JUST MIGHT, have triggered something horrible in an already unstable fundamentalist of another kind.
What those two people did is on them. Period.
Why people cannot just be who they are, without pushing it on everyone within earshot, and deal with each other as fellow human beings, is beyond me.
I realize it is in the nature of fundamentalists to convert everyone they see, or that non-believer faces some dire consequence either by some evil spirit on earth or in the afterlife.
I think I speak for most when I say this: WE ALL KNOW THERE IS A BIBLE, AND A KORAN. WE KNOW WE CAN READ THESE BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY OR BUY THEM AT BOOKSTORES. IF WE DO NOT BELIEVE AS YOU DO, IT’S NOT BECAUSE WE’VE NEVER HEARD OF YOUR RELIGION.
Shut up already. That was my only message. To everyone. Quit trying to proselytize everyone you meet, quit making a show of your conversations with your deity (Matthew 6:5), and don’t assume everyone believes as you do.
Don’t assume that if you threaten people on Facebook, spew Islamist extremist hate anywhere on the internet, or post videos on YouTube instructing people on how to kill Jews, that people will just turn a blind eye now. The ‘youth group’ (as I like to think of them) Anonymous has already put you on notice.
And after the San Bernardino shootings, most Americans are probably going to be a little more watchful, and a little more willing to report the potential for terrorist attacks or hate crimes now.
And, for the sake of everything sane and moral, don’t shoot/blow up/vandalize people or places where people gather who disagree with you – this includes Planned Parenthood, mosques, synagogues, and New Age stores unluckily named Isis (you know, after the goddess).
I think that just about covers everyone. Ok?