It is Ramadan---It is a holy time & Muslims Are Facing A Flood---America's Response: Kill The Mosque
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 11:22 AM by kpete
Melissa Harris-Lacewell frames this issue really well:
It's really ugly. And I've got to say, I think it's really ugly in part because of the timing.
I know it's a midterm election, so, yes, I think part of this is some GOP leaders trying to pull the last little bit of political capital out of 9/11.
But it is Ramadan. It is a holy time for Muslims.
And on top of that, in the Muslim world right now, there is an enormous tragedy.
15 million people in Pakistan are suffering and the one thing that we could do as Americans is to say, okay, rather than being exclusionary, rather than fighting over a piece of ground that as sacred and hallowed it might be in our national understanding, that instead we reach out to the millions of Muslims that are currently suffering through no fault of their own as a result of this horrifying natural disaster during a high holy moment. What that might say about us as Americans instead of having this fight over this parcel of land.
There are always people in need and suffering. I help when and were I can. I hate that people suffer. I cannot relieve suffering. I am not indifferent to it. I also have a life to live and people who are responsible to me.
I have no capacity to feel guilty that people suffer and I am not able to relive it or that others are neglecting to help when they can.
On Edit: I have a lot of trouble with the fact that this recession is hurting so many people and I am not hurt by it other than losing equity in a house I sold. I do not feel guilty that I am not suffering as much as others. I give what ever I can. I have given more money and time this year than I have ever done in all my past years combined!
6. I just sent $$$ to the UNICEF fund for Pakistan. I'm sure many Murikans won't
because of their bigotry. I hope there are others like me who would like to pick up the slack for these assholes. If they are able, of course. I get UNICEF emails, but you can get to their page from CNN too. Lots of other good orgs listed too.
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