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Racial and Religious Profiling in the United States: Is it necessary?

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Take a minute to reflect on one man’s experience with being profiled because of his religious belief and wearing a symbol of his beliefs.  But, is it really just one man’s experience? Or are there dozens or perhaps thousands who experience similar profiling?  And whether it is one man or thousands, should we not reflect on this situation?             Is it morally right to continuously suspect dark skinned folks, who may also wear religious symbols of their faith, and often times speak another language?                                           I get that because of 9/11 the  United States has taken many measures to ensure our safety, but, with all the technology at our disposal, can we stop humiliating so many folks.  By the way, why can’t we learn from how Israel deals with identifying potential terrorist? They have a wonderful success rate! 

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/27/flying-while-sikh-why-racial-profiling-matters.html

It’s getting ugly out there…

Anyone else besides me see how ugly it is getting out there?  It seems that once again the State of the Union is such that it has emboldened groups like the KKK to wear their attire and protest publicly.  Some Klan members are not only wearing their garb in front of the White House, but also near a school in Florida.  As much as some individuals would like to have us believe that “racism” is dead in America, recent Klan public appearances and hate speeches refute this. It isn’t just these individuals wearing the “attire” however, it is many others who display the Confederate flag in front of the White House, signs that are held up with images of POTUS wearing a Hitler like mustache, and a sign recently posted at a business in Arkansas that stated: “Obamacare is a punishment for slavery.”

More recently, Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch said this at a rally:  “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.” This in a country that believes in religious freedom cannot be tolerated.

What do you think? Can we continue to be the silent majority? Can we agree to disagree in a civil and respectful manner? Can we debate without bringing the ugly out?

 

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