Has anyone else received their happy little message from Sir Axelrod?
from: David Axelrod, The White House <email@example.com>
reply-to: “David Axelrod, The White House” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 12:24 PM
subject: A New Beginning — Watch the President’s Speech
Please, read the last paragraph. Is there some sort of new anti-Muslim movement in America that’s suddenly developed that I’ve just been completely unaware of? So much so that Americans needed to be mass emailed and told by David Axelrod and the president that Americans need to “make an effort to bridge our differences rather than resigning ourselves to animosity?”
Resigning ourselves to animosity? What? That does not represent me, so I certainly don’t want that portrait represented to the international community. Speak for yourselves Washington, not for the rest of us.
I recognize that there have been divides in our country, across various lines – race, religion, values and beliefs, political party association, since the dawn of time. And I of course recognize that after 9/11 many feared it would create animosity toward Muslims in America. But I think that over the last eight years, the former administration AND most Americans themselves have consistently stated that we do not take issue with Muslims over 9/11 or over the conflict between Israel and Palestine, or any other matter. I think that the majority of Americans who are not Muslim have not only been very tolerant of Muslim beliefs, but have embraced the differences between all of our religions as a whole. Anything to the contrary represents a tiny majority of Americans who, quite frankly, have no tolerance of ANY differences between themselves and others.
Why then is this president determined to paint a picture to the international community that Americans feel animosity against this particular group of people? I have no animosity toward Muslims. My family has none. My friends have none. In fact, many of my friends are Muslim. Come to think about it, as a newer generation of descendants who immigrated to the US from Lebanon and Syria, there are Muslim roots in my own family. I embrace those differences between any of us whole-heartedly. At the same time, I’d be among the first to condemn any animosity toward another Muslim, and I don’t think I’m in the minority of Americans who feel the same.
So, again I ask, why is this president determined to paint a false picture of the American majority to the Middle Eastern community? I do not have any issue with Muslims. I don’t have any issue with Islam. I have an issue with TERRORISTS. And TERRORISTS come in all shapes, sizes, colors and religious beliefs.
Holy crap. What country am I living in? And *who’s* doing the fear-mongering here?