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Can't we all just get along?Posted Sunday, July 22, 2007, at 4:53 PM
I was told by one blogger to tread lightly with this subject because it was a slippery slope. Of that I have no doubts, but I do feel that it's serious enough to warrant some discussion.
With the attention given to terrorism in this modern era, I have but one simple question to ask…why do these people, specifically Muslims, have such hatred for our nation.
I know not all Muslims hate America. I know several personally who are great people so I don't want to give the wrong idea. But the fact is, they are the ones who sparked all of th concern.
I'm sure the majority of Muslims wouldn't want to be represented by these people anymore than Christians consider the K.K.K. (a very Christianity based organization) representative of Christian beliefs.
Frankly, I think the hatred for America lies in the one thing we cherish most: our freedoms. In America we are free to do things that these sectarian societies find repulsive.
The right to vote, serve our military by choice and choose our own religious or sexual preference are only a few of the many things we do that go against their way of life.
I recall seeing Jerry Fallwell on FoxNews shortly after Sept. 11 and I remember him basically blaming the attacks on the gays and lesbians. Think what you will, but I think Fallwell was off his rocker anyhow, regardless of this statement.
I'm sure that's one of many things this culture hates about us, but it is hardly the basis for a worldwide movement against America.
I often hear the argument that it has to do with our nation's role in the Middle East. I agree with it to an extent, but I don't believe that is the full reason.
I know our support of Israel has created tension, but shy of the Iraq war, we haven't been in the Middle East for years and the hatred obviously stems WAY farther back.
What's your take on this? Can you really fight a religious idea? How do you fight an enemy you can't see or identify?
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