Things done in GOD’s name…. POTUS is On POINT!
Last week an avowed atheist, treat cialis who is a white American, check gunned down three innocent young Muslim Americans: Shaddy Barakat, 23; his new wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, execution style in their North Carolina, Chapel Hill apartment. This, when the growing world-wide anxiety towards Islam; the continuous media coverage of ISIS; and the recent brutal murders of hostages from England, Japan, Jordan and America make the climate ripe for a growing anti-Muslim, Islamaphobic culture in America. To add to the tragedy, the Chapel Hill Police Department’s rush to immediately discount the community concerns that this was in fact a hate crime was clearly bias and prejudicial. The police seized upon what they believed to be the “more likely” motive that these three young people were shot in the back of the head over a parking dispute? That scenario is not only unbelievably removed from reality; it is completely offensive and trivializes the murders, turning them into a travesty. It is an outrageous affront to the family and friends of these young people, and it insults the intelligence of an entire community of people. HATE was the motivation for these murders. HATE was the word used when Yusor Mohammad, who proudly wore clothing that honored her faith, a hijab, told her father that this man, Craig Stephen Hicks, the man who executed them, actually hated them. She said, Hicks harassed and intimidated both she and her sister continuously since they moved into the apartment complex after her December marriage to Shaddy Barakat. The first person to speak of these murders as an “argument over a parking space” was the murderer himself. The victims’ side of the story will not be told until a prosecutor in a court of law represents them.
Just a few weeks ago, President Obama spoke at the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, DC. He addressed his audience concerning the atrocities committed in the name of religious zealotry and fanaticism, including the historic legacy of slavery and its justification enveloped in the cloak of Christianity and religious beliefs. “Lest we get on our high horse,” said the President as he made a correlation between the horrendous atrocities and violence committed by people of faith to protect the status quo in direct opposition to the teachings of a loving Christ. The members of ISIS wrap themselves in religious dogma that they claim as the teachings of Islam when the true followers of the faith do not recognize ISIS as a part of the faith to which they belong. The brutality and irreverence for life exhibited by ISIS completely goes against the Quran and all that Allah teaches. And, yet, there are those within the U.S. Congress and American citizenry who want to ally the terrorism, brutality, and violent extremism of ISIS with Islam and the entire Muslim community. They want to compare and contrast Islam, the culture, and the people with extremism, and the culture and religious legacy steeped in Christianity with American exceptionalism. That, on its face, is problematic, given how Christianity has been used by zealots and extremists throughout history, including the American legacy of chattel slavery where enslaved Africans and their descendants were terrorized by religious extremism. Those who have been hated simply because of who they are, what they believe, or because of the color of their skin KNOW what is a HATE crime, #Call the FBI. Hatred was the only motivation for this crime and parking had nothing to do with it.
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