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This Is Not MY America

I love this country. I admit it. I will shout it from the rooftops. I am madly in love with America, its promise, and its foundation.

The ideals on which this nation was founded are indeed a role model for the rest of the world. Is that American Exceptionalism?

You betcha!

And I will challenge anyone to show a nation in history that has contributed as much as we have of ourselves, our prosperity, our ingenuity and our lifeblood in so short a period as that our national history.

Our Founding Fathers – with all their faults and failings – laid a foundation of rights and responsibilities, obligations and freedoms, guidelines and laws by which to govern a nation comprised of countless faiths, ethnicities, races, and competing interests.

The American quilt is stitched together with the blood of soldiers – black, white, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Catholic, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim, straight, gay, male, female, educated, illiterate, rich, poor – who sacrificed their very lives to defend our rights and liberties.

To defend the right of the KKK to rally in Hamilton, Ohio, whether we like it or not; to defend the right of protestors to burn the American flag, whether we like it or not; to defend the right of Muslims to build a cultural center near (not on, but near) the World Trade Center site, whether we like it or not.

Because at its core, America acknowledges a right to be offended. Americans, better than any other peoples in the world, are innately conscious and aware of this.

The right to be offended is the foundation of all fundamental rights. Because it recognizes that others have differing views and opinions than mine and that they have the right to those views!

Americans have historically lived each and every day the words of Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Because at our core, we know that we as a nation thrive on debate, discussion, and differences.

We as a people are the great historic success story because we have accepted all, respected all, appreciated all, supported all, even when we have disagreed with much.

Until now.

The language surrounding debate over the Park 51 Project is not only unAmerican, it is also racist, xenophobic, ignorant, violent, hate-filled and pathetic.

When an individual claim that the Muslim congregation shouldn’t build the center because Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, one is also comparing a genocidal political party who had targeted the elimination of the past, present, and future of an entire peoples and religion with a faith community that is one of the three largest in the world.

Hate speech and fear-mongering is fueling a fire of racism and xenophobia that, when fully unleashed, will become uncontrollable. And the blood from the violence that will result from this kind of politically-inspired crusade against the mosque and cultural center will be on the hands of those who foment such intolerance, such as the half-term governor of Alaska who can barely spell, let alone understand, the Constitution.

This may be difficult for people like Sarah Palin to hear and many of the opponents of the mosque to grasp, but

NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS.

I fully understand the sensitivities surrounding Ground Zero. Like so many others, I lost dear friends in the Al-Queda attacks against the United States that resulted in the deaths of 3000 innocent people. The concerns and the questions and the hurt of the mosque opponents are not lost on me. And, as a matter of fact, I share some of those very same questions.

But the American people, nay, the American civilization, will be judged by how we address the questions, how we find the answers, how we treat the minorities, and how we react to adversity and the “other”.

While it is safe for a now wealthy unemployed former vice presidential candidate to spout hate speech from the comfort of her own home, people and values and principles are placed into harm’s way; while a former Speaker of the House calls on America to become a theocracy by discarding the First Amendment and stopping the buildings of any Muslim houses of worship until a particular “feudal desert monarchy” decides to build churches from the comfort of his campaign trail and underwritten business class seats, peoples’ beliefs, fundamental rights, and very lives are put at risk.

Are Palin and her cohorts comfortable with the fact that their diatribes, all for the sake of their own political pursuits in 2012, help to advance this kind of thinking:

I for one will be prepared to resist with violence the institution of sharia in any form in the United States if the cowards that claim to be leaders in this country do not outlaw and abolish this subversion of our way of life. This is nothing less than an invasion by foreign entities on our land and liberty. I am through with the PC carp. Stand and fight.

Or how about this gem:

I’m pretty sure no construction company would have taken this on–the building of what I call the “democrat mosque.” I’ve no sympathy for Muslims, never will, they don’t deserve to live in a country as great as the USA. Any leader foolish enough to encourage their immigration here should be ousted. Any intellectual aligned with the same should be repudiated.

Or perhaps this quote makes the point even clearer:

It makes more and more sense, this is not a mousque or community center, it is a Memorial to the Terrorist at 9/11 that will house their War-room for Jihad in America. This is not only insulting, but down right stupid to even allow the project.>

Maybe Governor Palin would like to explain what this quote means:

NEVER EVER have any doubts that ANYTHING muslims propose as outreach, or a coming together of cultures or any other warm and fuzzy motive is nothing more than an obsfucation in order to further Sharia law in this country… The sole reason we have not yet had any homicide bombers in our malls and restaurants is because they are achieving their devious ends with the complicity of the occupant of the WH, the Democrat party and corrupt politicians in the name of Diversity. and Tolerance, at least Tolerance for muslims…The rest of us can go to hell, so far as they are concerned.

Perhaps the former Governor would like to help me understand what this individual was saying:

Now this is a building worthy of flying a perfectly good airplane into.

These quotes are all copied word-for-word from the comments section of website claiming a conspiracy about – get this – the number of floors on the building. They were copied and pasted here with no editing on my part.

I know I cannot possibly be the only person scared by this.

I know that I cannot be the only person terrified that this is what is being espoused publically by Americans.

I know I cannot be the only one who says, “this is not my America”.

I also know I cannot be the only person who thinks Sarah Palin and those like her need to think more carefully about their duties and obligations as Americans when they use their bully pulpits for advancing hate and disenfranchisement.

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