Islam Is Not Our Enemy

by John Hawkins | January 31, 2003 11:50 pm

Islam Is Not Our Enemy: I am not pleased to read about this…

“At the Conservative Political Action Conference, which featured Vice President Cheney as its opening luncheon speaker yesterday, one of the various exhibition booths hawking paraphernalia had some virulently anti-Muslim vinyl bumper stickers, for $3.95, including one that said: “No Muslims — No Terrorism.

Sources said an attendee at the group’s 30th annual conference, at the Crystal City Marriott, called Cheney’s office to complain and a Cheney aide called CPAC organizers to express “strong displeasure.”

The booth operators removed the anti-Muslim stickers [1] from the rack before Cheney spoke.”

Here’s another little example of the type of garbage this guy was displaying…

To begin with, I don’t want to blow this out of proportion. It wasn’t as if they were handing these stickers out at the door, it was just an irresponsible vendor selling them. Also, I’m glad to hear that Cheney had an aide call in to express his, “strong displeasure.” That’s exactly what I’d like to see the VP do in that situation.

That being said, it is embarrassing to see this sort of ridiculous anti-Muslim crap at a Conservative Political Action Conference, especially one that the VP is attending. I know it’s just some goofball selling his little stickers, but how do you think Muslims are going to view this? Republicans control all three branches of government, the VP was in house, and this sort of thing was being sold. It just looks bad.

More importantly, the sentiments expressed on these stickers are absolutely WRONG. Now I’m not going give you the President’s line about Islam being a “religion of peace.” Bush has to say that because he’s the POTUS and he needs to make it clear that we’re not fighting a war against Islam. I know, and you know, that Islam as a whole is not a “religion of peace.” All you have to do to figure that out is listen to all the psychopaths out there who claim they’re slaughtering innocent people in the name of Islam. Those “Radical Islamists” and their strong supporters probably make up 10-15% of Islam. Furthermore, there are a lot of “moderate Muslims” out there who are at least sympathetic to Osama Bin Laden, Yassir Arafat, and their ilk.

All that’s true, but it’s also true that there are a lot of pro-American Muslims who are 100% opposed to terrorism, anti-semitism, and who are decent, honest, people. Yes, we don’t hear from them enough, but there are plenty of them out there. Including the Muslims in this category with terrorists & their supporters is a serious error.

Last but not least, we have to remember that we’re a country founded on religious freedom. That’s a big part of the reason why our forefathers came to America and it’s one of the great things about our country. We Americans should be the LAST people on earth to condemn a whole religion. That’s just not our way, nor should it be.

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