Thursday, December 27, 2007

Open letter: Response to chain email regarding anti-Muslim sentiments and opposition to USPS EID stamp

An earlier response.

Oh, brother.  There is nothing wrong with this country except that we
need a do-something congress and to way 468 days for a new president.
We live in a pluralistic society.  We do NOT live in a Christian
nation, although there are those in the American Taliban who would love
a theocracy as much as the Islamic extremists.

There are millions of MUSLIMS who are also AMERICANS.  The two are not

The atrocities described below were the result of EXTREMISM; the acts
are generally known to be incompatible with traditional ISLAM teachings
so they are not condoned by most MUSLIMS--only a radical extreme
group.  And let us not ignore how the below comes off as CHRISTIAN
infidels and all that.  The below reads as if it could have simply said
"death to the muslims").

The swath below uses anecdotes to try to make it seem as if MUSLIMS are
somehow not worthy of any dignity or respect.  A similar list could be
written about CHRISTIANS, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't have
Christmas stamps, does it?  For example:

The Christian Crusades from 1095-1272 resulted in the deaths of 1
million people

The Spanish inquisition from 16th-18th century resulted in the deaths
of 350,000 people.  Many were also tortured by some of the most hideous
methods ever devised and carried out by the clergy.

The Witch Hunts from the 15th-17th century resulted in the deaths of
about 100,000 people

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombed and killed many in the disputes
between Protestants and Catholics.

Abortion clinics have been bombed and doctors shot dead by religious

...all in the name of religion.  And this email wants to keep the
Crusades going I guess.

Or, maybe we can look inward before we "cast the first stone" at those
of other faiths and ethnicities

Remember the AMERICAN bombing of Oklahoma City?
Remember the AMERICAN UNABOMBER attacks?
Remember the AMERICAN and CHRISTIAN Olympic Park Bombings?
Remember the AMERICAN KKK lynchings and other domestic terrorist

This kind of us vs. them mentality and religious intolerance,
xenophobia, hatred, and ignorance is exactly what drives the extremists
all religions.  I'll bet there's a version of this substituting
CHRISTIAN below circulating around Al-Qaeda training camps.

I ask:  when can we all at least act like Christians and "love thy


Neil wrote:

Note: forwarded message attached.



Fw: Subject: What The Hell is The Matter with this Country??


Mon, 08 Oct 2007 21:54:53 +0000

Forwarded Message: --------------
----- Original Message -----
Subject: Subject: What The Hell is The Matter with this

Subject: What The Hell is
The Matter with this Country??

USPS  New Stamp

This  one is impossible to believe. Scroll down for the text.

If  there is only one thing you forward today.....let it be  this!


REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am Flight  103!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center  in 1993!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine  Barracks in Lebanon!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the  military Barracks in Saudi Arabia!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM  bombing of the American Embassies in Africa!
REMEMBER the  MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack  on 9/11/2001!
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were  lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!

Now  the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID
 MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class

Holiday postage stamp. Bull!

REMEMBER  to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp

When purchasing your stamps at the  post office. To use this
stamp would be a slap in the face to all  those AMERICANS who died at
the hands of those whom this stamp  honors.

REMEMBER  to pass this along to every patriotic AMERICAN you  know!!!

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