After my last article addressing the tragedy in Ottawa titled, Canadian shooting: What we know–and RATHER NOT know–a day later, someone in social media responded to me with the following statement: “David, again you hit the nail on its shank. You rather not know. It’s obvious you have a hate on for Muslims. If you actually look at the facts and circumstances of these two villains, they both had failing lives, they were unproductive, dissatisfied with life and recent converts to something that gave them a chance to “check out”. Years ago it would have been the KKK, or the doomsday survivalists or the tea party. They didn’t want to give meaning to their lives, otherwise they would have become Buddhists, Sufis, humanists or any other altruistic belief system. They converted to something they knew would end their life. ISIS attracts psychopaths and losers. They confuse ISIS with Islam. We don’t use the KKK as the calling card for Christianity.”
Naturally out of respect for this individual I won’t use his name, and those who would be able to identify him possibly already saw it next to his name so I personally am not revealing it. I normally have no issue with criticism, however, I found the comment so disturbing that I felt compelled to address it further.
In addressing me he says. “It’s obvious you have a hate on for Muslims.” Yes of course. I’M the problem. On a day when a 3 month old Jewish baby gets run down by a Muslim and a young Canadian soldier doing nothing other than standing guard gets shot in the back by a Muslim, I am the one who is wrong for stating the fact that it was Muslims who did this. I am the problem because most of the military conflicts going on in the world involve Muslims. I have said it before and I will say it again. I know the majority of Muslims are not violent, but most of the violence taking place today involves Muslims in one way or another. I know there are Muslims who want no part of this, but I also know that not enough of them are stopping this from taking place. I know that just as Hitler wanted to do during the reign of Nazi Germany, there are people today that want every last Jew on the planet killed. Most of these people are Muslim.
“ISIS attracts psychopaths and losers. They confuse ISIS with Islam.” So does Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab, to name a few. We’re not talking hundreds of people here. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of people. Maybe he is right. Maybe they are all psychopaths and losers, but unfortunately they are also all Muslim. I don’t enjoy saying that, but it’s the truth. I know Muslims that I like and if I meet someone who is Muslim I don’t immediately assume the worst about them, but that doesn’t mean I am going to run from the truth.
As a son of Holocaust survivors I believe it is my responsibility to acknowledge danger where I feel it exists even if it means offending some people. To do otherwise would be like going back in time to 1938, knowing what is coming and worrying more about the good Germans than the large number either standing by while evil takes over or even worse, being part of the evil. I can’t and won’t remain silent. I owe it to the memory of the grandparents I never knew, the grandparents murdered by the “psychopaths and losers” of the last century. Today a large percentage of Muslims are not terrorists, but an overwhelming percentage of terrorists are Muslim. To deny this is not only stupid, it’s irresponsible and dangerous.
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