By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
29 July, 2010
A right-wing group affiliated with the Republican Tea Party in Temecula, California is planning a protest this Friday at the site of a proposed mosque.
The organizers have alerted its members to bring Bibles, dogs, flags, and female singers during Muslim Friday prayer. They argue that Islam is “not a religion”, that Muslims cannot be loyal American citizens and claim they hate and kill dogs and do not allow women to sing. These people are either ignorant or just notorious liars. Here’s why:
–Like is or not, Islam is a monotheistic religion with 1.2 billion followers.
–There are 7 Million Muslim-Americans who are hard working, law abiding citizens of the United States.
–The fact remains, Muslim-Americans are a vibrant part of America; they contribute to our economic growth and serve in our nation’s military. They do love and equally care for America.
–Muslims do believe in all Holy scriptures that preceded Islam including the Old Testament, the Torah, Scrolls of Abraham, all the prophets, Jesus (peace be upon Him) the New Testament, and Judgment Day.
–Muslims neither hate nor kill dogs. They simply consider dogs to be unclean animals. However, the story of the dog is mentioned in Holy Quran: The people of the cave. (Saurat Alkahaf)
–As far as flag is concerned, the Tea Party protesters want to give the wrong impression that Muslims hate Old Glory. That is a lie! The US flag was the first and the last to be saluted by this Muslim veteran of the US Armed Forces.
–Two of the most popular singers that ever lived in the Middle East, were female who have entertained people for nearly 6 decades. One is the late Um Kolthum of Egypt. She is referred to as “The Legend” The other is the Lebanese singer, Fairuz, who is better known as “the lady with the angel’s voice.”
America’s favorite beverage is coffee and not tea. The leader of the tea party is no Sam Adams. The Tea Partygoers are all the conservative chicken hawks who talk tough but don’t have the balls to enlist in the military or to put their own lives on the line for America as this Muslim did many years ago, as well as his oldest son, who served two tours of duty in the “hell on earth” called Iraq.
The truth is, the Tea Party movement is the enemy within. It hates immigrants, supports wars and invasions of other countries, favors corporate America over the working class and it loves hating Muslims.
Take for instance the movement’s shining star, Sara Palin, who last November made a bigoted remark on Fox News during an interview with Sean Hannity while discussing the tragedy at Fort Hood. Mrs. Palin said she’s “all for” profiling Muslims if it saves “innocent American lives.” Wouldn’t those Muslims she’s in favor of profiling be innocent Americans as well?
What she really meant – “I’m all for profiling Muslim – American people if it saves non-Muslim-American lives.”
Can you imagine what an uproar the world would be in if Palin’s remarks were directed toward another religious or ethnic group? Shame on her!
This demagoguery by Mrs. Palin has a threatening and chilling effect on American Muslims like me. Hate speech is what preceded the concentration camps during WWII.
Now the Tea Party is spreading ignorance and bigotry, by harassing American worshipers during prayer in California. That is a clear violation of the basic principle upon which our country was founded–Freedom of Religion. By doing so, it is also tearing down rather uniting Americans.
Red-blooded Americans should be furious and should express their outrage over the Tea Party’s ignorance and bigotry directed toward our fellow Muslim citizens.
No Tea for me! I prefer coffee simply because the ignorance of the Tea Party has no end.
Retired USAF Veteran