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To the Americans Who Defend Liberty, Thank You

Thanks to Dave and Haitham, this deserves wide circulation so I am adding it here as well.

You’ll be moved and encouraged, as I am, by the ordinary Americans who speak up for a stranger.

Yes, there were some that were silent — there invariably is — and this is a lesson about silence as acquiescence and passive complicity in discrimination.

John Quinones of ABC serves as a model for his mainstream media colleagues in this particular story. R/T: 7 minutes

One comment on “To the Americans Who Defend Liberty, Thank You

  1. LDU
    5 April, 2008

    This is a sad part of post 9/11 life when it comes with dealing with Muslims. I know it’s much worse in America than here, but its also widespread in Australia and I’ve seen it happen.

    A Muslim, or anyone else for that matter, shouldn’t tolerate any sort of abuse. If someone calls you a sand nigger or a rag head, you don’t stay silent, you swear back at them. If someone gets physical towards you, you respond.

    If you stay silent, your silence will be interpreted as them having a right in continuing their acts. And this is where, I believe, Muslim women and the majority of older generation Muslim men fail. They’ve been brainwashing their children to swallow abuse.

    The way you can change this is to fight fire with fire. It is therefore very important to carry a defence device with you at all time. If a guy throws a beer bottle on your car because your dad wears a prayer cap and a beard, you don’t look away, you step down and break his windscreen.

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This entry was posted on 30 March, 2008 by in Discrimination, Islam, Peace education, People, People power, Racism, US Foreign Policy, USA, Video and tagged .

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