Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Molly Norris is a hero, just like Ayaan Ali Hirsi.
I'm proud to share citizenship with her.
And like Ms. Hirsi, she's welcome to hide out at my house.
When that jackass in Florida came up with his Koran stunt, or people griped about the mosque, lots of people who opposed them talked about doing so as Christians- how their Christian faith made them oppose burning those books or protesting the mosque. Not because they were Moslems, but becayse it was important for Christians to demonstrate to Moslems that Christianity is about love and respect for people, even unbelievers.
Christians stood up- under their own names- for respect for Moslems. Because that was Ms. Norris' point- that if we all "go Spartacus" and stand up, the decent people win.
I would be ashamed to claim a faith and be silent in the face of its hijackers. My faith is being an American, and that's why I offered to hide her out.
Shame no powerful "moderate Moslems" think as much of their own religion.
Wouldn't it be refreshing to see a letter like this, with one of these signatures:
"Dear Ms. Norris;
First, as a devout Muslim, I have to tell you that your actions were disrespectful to my Faith, and to all Faiths. It is, at the very least, poor manners to mock the honest beliefs of others.
But Islam does NOT teach murder, or incitement to murder. Those who threaten you insult and betray genuine Muslims who can distinguish between mockery and mayhem.
My Faith teaches its followers to reach out to our fellow men and stresses the value of hospitality. That is a more important tenet of Islam than anything about drawing pictures.
It is more important to show the world that Islam is NOT about slaughter, but about decency and respect. It is the Religion of Peace, not of terror.
With this in mind, I offer to provide you with the hospitality of true Islam. If you would like to come to stay in my home, among my family, you may do so. You would be protected just as they are.
If you do not care to travel, I will personally provide you with whatever funds you believe are necessary to insure your safety. That includes living expenses and the cost of guards to protect you. I will pay the funds to a person you designate, so that I do not personally know your location or what steps you take.
And in any case, I want the world to know that Molly Norris, her family, and her property are under my personal hospitality. Anyone who harms or threatens to harm her does so to me as well.
I stand against terror and threats. Allah is a great and merciful God. He neither fears nor makes war on cartoonists. "
H. M. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Riyadh
H. H. Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait
H. H. Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, Muscat
Sen. Larry Shaw, Chairman, CAIR
THERE IS NO SUCH ACTUAL LETTER, which is my point.