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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:21 AM
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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.

more:
http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/015234.php
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:23 AM
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1. I am embarrassed for this country by its despicable show of ignorance
and intolerance, really really embarassed.
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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:26 AM
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2. The mosque and the flood only have Muslims in common.
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 11:27 AM by county worker
Not hateful Americans!

I hate this kind of bull shit! You want a guilt complex do it to yourself not the rest of us!
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:30 AM
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3. you want guilt?

Pakistan floods: 3.5 million children at risk from deadly diseases, says UN

Shortage of clean water raises health fears as fresh protests erupt over slow delivery of aid
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/16/pakistan-fl...
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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:50 AM
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5. When there is need you help out if you can.
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 11:54 AM by county worker
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!
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:32 AM
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4. How about take the $100 million for the mosque and save Pakistani lives?
Just a thought.
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:06 PM
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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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