Selective Hearing

As long as this country follows that idea, we’re gonna be under a lot of danger. This whole idea that the whole Muslim world is responsible for this and they’re attacking us because we’re free and and prosperous, that is just not true. Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have been explicit…they wrote and said that ‘we attacked America because you had bases on our Holy Land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians a fair treatment, you have been bombing’…I didn’t say that, I’m trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombing….. would you be annoyed? If you’re not annoyed, then there’s some problem." —Ron Paul

The quotation above was met by boo-ing from the audience at the Republican Presidential Debate on Monday.
While I agree that taking this route was not the wisest POLITICAL move for Paul to make while running for the Republican Party of the United States, I maintain that it is rooted in rationality, compassion, understanding, and thought, and it is disgusting that it is THIS statement that the audience chose to boo. THIS RATIONAL, HONEST THOUGHT (and I would go so far as to say fact) is what will ultimately lose the election for Paul.

One website in particular responded with this:
"Any marketer will tell you that you never want to have to educate your audience. The same is true in politics. ‘If they only understood,’ or, ‘I’ll explain it to them this way…’ usually doesn’t work. The appeal of a policy proscription in a political pitch should come from latching on to already held beliefs from within the electorate and amplifying them. "

As horrifying as that assertion may be, they are absolutely correct. ‘Selective hearing’ takes on an entirely new ferocity in politics. Because American republicans do not want to hear these things, they will choose not to… even if that means drowning them out with louder sounds.


On Osama/Islamophobia

You say “He’s Muslim” like it’s interchangeable with evil. He was of a radical sect which used religion as means to do evil things. There’s an absolute difference. It’s ironic to me that you could be so oblivious to that when you yourself are apart of a religion which is notorious for being the basic building block for tons of hate groups. So many people in our country look at Muslims like they’re all affiliated / support both the actions and beliefs of Al Qaeda and that’s completely ludicrous to me — I mean, based on that logic what must other countries think of all the Christian’s over here? That they’re all apart of the Ku Klux Klan? That they lynch people who are different and burn crosses in front yards and use scripture as a way to prove their self-righteousness and belittle people they feel don’t deserve the same rights as them? We know there are people like that, we hear about them all the time, but I thought it was understood that one groups actions doesn’t define all groups beliefs. You have to look at people as individuals. And if you can’t do that then you’re going to live the rest of your life hating a lot of people because of generalizing who they are based on what you think their beliefs are equivalent to, and that’s a pretty damn sad way to live.


A Kindergarten Lesson

"9/11 was horrible. It was the fault of some people who were Arabic and identified as Muslim. That does not mean it was the fault of all Arabic and/or Muslim people. It’s sad that a reminder of that is needed.” —stfuracists (my emphasis)

There will come a day when this common sense will be so deeply ingrained in the human mind that no one will ever have to speak these words again.

^^ This isn’t even a question. The uprise of Islamophobia that surfaced after 9-11 is the most hypocritical political movement I have ever witnessed. Must it be so difficult to understand? Let’s spell this out…
If a group of people who belong to the extreme end of a religious group commit a crime, that represents THE INDIVIDUALS who carried it out, not the entire population of that religion.

Take the milisecond required to let that extra synapse fire in your brain and turn the situation around on yourself.

Do YOU, because you are a Christian, identify with Hitler and the Nazi Party? No? The KKK, then? Must be true, since both operated on “Christian ideology”.
On a smaller scale, if you are an American, do you automatically include yourself in Nascar culture AND the ritzy lifestyle of a prep school student? How many sub-groups exist in any given country? It is naive and immature to just mash all of the groups into one and assume everyone thinks and acts the same.

Let’s take a leaf out of psychology, because that is quite exactly the definition of prejudice. And when you find images and isolated incidents of a Muslim man speaking out about American culture and fire them all over the internet, that is called confirmation bias. Because you already made up your mind about the bias that you hold, you go LOOKING for information that will supposedly ‘confirm’ that you are correct in your assumption, and pay no heed to information that might show otherwise.

—On that note, shall we move to the related topic of the “Ground Zero Mosque”? (In quotations because it is not remotely within the boundaries of Ground Zero in the first place. For visual confirmation of this fact, please visit:

…Now to refute a popular argument:

“Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington…there’s no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center.” — Gingrich.

No, NAZIS might not, but CHRISTIANS do.

Please, America, let’s use our past to GROW and expand our practice of tolerance and the human rights upon which we were founded, and not to fall as the mightiest fall…by taking down the rest of the world with us. Do some soul-searching to focus on the traits we all share as human beings, and go find some education about the facts before you go spewing your misguided prejudices all over everyone else.