A Safe Place For Persecuted Theists
Sometimes ya gotta do the right thing. Having casually learned a bit about “history” including the circumstances of Jews in Germany in the 30’s, stories from the Martyrs Mirror, the Japanese internment camps in Wyoming, the “ethnic cleansing” around the world as well as other genocides & other examples, and, having an IQ over 84, I am very concerned about the mob mentality I see in our great land today. There are many religions that sound pretty ridiculous to me, and I often have good fun chatting about them with friends, with each of us learning about the other while playfully mocking each other. I look at many parts of their religions as being silly, but I obviously don’t mind that they believe whatever they want to believe.
My heart goes out to good Islamic folks in December 2015 in the US government’s jurisdiction. These folks, like most folks in most religions, simply “fell into” the religion of their parents and grandparents. Yes, I know it is argued that Muslims and Christians “thoughtfully considered a dozen religions with an open mind, and it is pure coincidence that they returned to the one of their parents and grandparents.” lol
There are bad people out there that wish innocent people harm. Those people suck, and regardless of color, religion or national or county or other political area, I hope to have an opportunity to persuade them to be peaceful folks. Chances are, I will not have that opportunity. If I ever see someone initiating violence, really trying to physically harm someone else, I will likely take action. I will shoot them if I must. It is right that good humans take action to protect themselves and their neighbors.
Having said this, many people in the US have been radicalized to hate and be terrified of Muslims. As a result, it must really suck to be a Muslim in the US right now. I can hardly imagine if the powers that be had selected folks with black blood, a family history including the Mormon religion or those with Jewish blood. I fall into these categories. It must feel as though there is not a safe place for persecuted theists. It would be horrible to be on facebook and see all the hate and violent intent aimed at me and mine. The “night of broken glass” sucked for the Jews. The thousands of non-violent political prisoners behind bars in N. Korea, the US and other places is sad and scary. Sometimes humanity disappoints me.
The reason for this post though, is to publicly proclaim that I choose to be a moral human. To me, this includes not frightening my neighbors that live within 13,000 miles of the BBQ on my back porch, based on religion, race, sexual orientation, disability or any of that kinda stuff.
This includes not buying into propaganda. If you live in Jackson, and the mob gets all hyped up after watching Fox News over a few beers and attending church, grab their torches, stakes, gas cans and come for you some night, please come on over to my house. We will likely lose the physical fight, but we will die on our feet rather than living on our knees. I refuse to be another “silent neighbor” that watches Jews being hauled off in cattle cars or black slaves sold at auction, even if “my political leaders warn of their grave danger.” I would have trouble sleeping if I did nothing.
My Christian friends point out that Muslims are really bad at their core because they choose to stay in a violent religion that advocates killing those of different religions. They point out that the Bible is in fact peaceful and good, whereas Muslim scriptures are violent and actually say that non-believers should be killed! This verse from the Koran IS scary, I don’t argue that! “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods… Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor harken unto him, neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him. But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die: because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the God.” -Koran Section 7, verses 3-6
Obviously this verse comes from a violent religion, I get that. I have friends that also ingest violent encouragements through grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and other sources. I don’t like violent media, whether in video game format or religious book format. This does NOT however make me want to be violent against those folks. If the Muslims DO take over the US, and they come for Conservative Christians with their torches, stakes, gas cans some night, please come on over to my house. We will likely lose the physical fight, but we will die on our feet rather than living on our knees. I refuse to be another “silent neighbor.” I would have trouble sleeping if I did nothing.