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!
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?