To My American Muslim Immigrant Friends

RECENTLY THERE WAS A FORUM in Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, for Muslims organized by the city government with the mayor in attendance. It was the typical multicultural, diversity pile of crap.

To My American
Muslim Immigrant Friends:

Please stop whining. Please stop complaining. Please remember that no one forced you to come here.

Respectfully,

Aaron

“It’s very distressing, because Islam is a very peaceful religion, and in the Quran, to take one life is as if you’ve killed the whole population. Then, you see what you see on TV and it’s just horrible.”

Yeah, being blown apart by a terrorist is a bit distressing, too, I’m sure.

I am so sick and tired of whining whiners complaining about how fearful they are. It’s so off putting.

You live in America. We have accepted you. Worship as you like. Believe as you like.

Unlike most of the Muslim world, we have freedom, and we cherish it. Threats to our way of life, primarily coming from those who claim to followers of Mohammed, are serious business.

“Approximately 35 percent of attendees reported feeling anxiety about their personal safety.”

Are Christians targeting Muslims with nail bombs in backpacks? Are citizens routinely assaulting Muslims? Are the mosques being repeatedly vandalized? No, no, and no.

Are innocents worldwide continually being murdered by Islamic radicals? Yes.

When is the last time the local imam vociferously denounced violence in a sermon? Have you read about local Muslims vocally calling out the terrorists? It’s rare.

If Islam is such a peaceful religion, then why is it so difficult to find examples?

“I feel that whenever something happens around the world, not even specifically in the United States, I am expected to give an explanation. When I go to school, when I go on play dates with my children, people do expect me to explain things that I have had nothing to do with. I think that has trickled into Seattle.”

Guess what? If you are a Muslim, then you are “a representation of Islam as a whole,” whether you want to accept that role or not. It’s the same for practicing Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs — anyone who claims to be a member of group — whether it’s a religion or not.

I admire many facets of Muslim life, including the rejection of consumerism and materialism. Family life is another. There are many admirable qualities to Islam and its adherents.

“I want them to grow up in an environment where they do not feel like outsiders. They are American, I want them to know that they can be proud Muslims and proud Americans at the same time.”

I have no problems with Muslims who have adopted our way of life. It’s those clinging to the barbarism of the past who are the problem. For those who refuse to become American, go home. Assimilate or leave!

Now, I’m just sitting here waiting for the hate mail where folks call me a bigot and demand I check my white privilege at the door.

ajh

NOTE
I submitted a parred down version of this as a Letter to the Editor of the Bellevue Reporter in response to the article.

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