Muslim Americans Died on 9/11

Imagine you are a teenager who lost her father on 9/11.  Now imagine you are a Muslim, how would you feel about the controversy over Park 51?  I would feel like my father and others like him had been forgotten.  I would feel like my father and I were not considered real citizens solely because of our religion.  How would you feel?

Imagine your son was a first responder that day, an NYPD cadet and EMT.  Imagine he died because he ran in to save his fellow Americans.  Imagine that instead of being counted a hero, he fell under suspicion because of his religion.  You’ve just lost your son and you are being interrogated while the papers ask if he is dead or in hiding.

“Only when Salman’s remains were found at Ground Zero six months later was he cleared of suspicion and recognized as a first responder and a victim.”

Is this the country you want to live in?  One where people are singled out based on their religion and suspected of terrorism when they were actually the victims?  When we insist that an Islamic community center cannot be built near Ground Zero we deny victims and heroes their dignity.

From an article at HuffPo

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20 Responses to Muslim Americans Died on 9/11

  1. GiGi says:

    I would like to throw up now.

  2. Saladin says:

    My sincerest wish is that the politicians who want to divide people and stir up passions for the sake of a few votes are put on MUTE for a solid week. That would be most welcome.

  3. Mario Saccoccio says:

    No Muslims were killed on 9/11, no Jews, no Christians, No protestants, Unitarians, Baptists, Hindu’s or any others were killed, except American citizens and possibly some visitors to this country.
    Innocent people were killed. Their religion was not a factor, nor should it be acknowledged as one. Peace loving Muslims did not fly the planes into the towers, radical fundys did that. They were killing Americans, regardless of their religions.
    No one in his family was removed from their home, beaten or tortured. Their religious symbols and their Koran was not discarded. Being a Muslim, he fit the profile of the terrorists. Why shouldn’t those questions have been asked at a time when we knew so little of what happened? The family should be proud of their son and get over it.
    It was not like what happens to Christians in Saudi Arabia.

    • vegas710 says:

      It’s okay because it’s not as bad as Saudi Arabia?? How would you feel if it had been your son? “Oh, it’s okay because we’re (Muslim, Christian, Arab, whatever)” I doubt that. It’s the same thinking that brought us the Japanese internment camps, everyone’s guilty until proven innocent.

      • Middleoftheroadmary says:

        Don’t forget who was president during the Japanese internment camps…it was a Democratic president, liberal hero FDR. History is often not a friend of liberal agendas is it?

      • Mario Saccoccio says:

        What was not OK, the fact that the police asked some questions? So did the “paper.” Ouch!
        Life is not fair. What FDR did to the Japanese Americans was wrong. What labor Unions did to the Chinese workers in 1939 was wrong.
        Asking a few questions regarding a missing man was, well, necessary at the time. Or not. But where was the harm?

    • GiGi says:

      Really? His family should just get over it?

      Wow.

  4. Suzanne says:

    I love it when people are like “America is the BEST!” But when confronted with real evidence that we fuck up all. the. time. they fall back on, “At least we’re not Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea etc. etc.” and I am like, “Yeah, but is that the standard we are holding ourselves to? Aren’t we the best?” Oy.

  5. Alfred E. Newman says:

    Gigi,

    Are you blind? MOTRM was simply pointing out that liberals and the left have not cornered the market on kindness and benevolence…they just think that they have. The Democratic party has a history that is filled with racism, hate, and prejudice…yet the media trys to paint Republicans as evil, wrong, and the party of no. Pay closer attention and you’ll see the hypocrisy. Liberals are more concerned about the hearts and minds of the Taliban rather than the hearts and minds of Americans. It’s kind of ironic if you take a deep breath and look at this with just a bit of objectivity-you’d probably see the error of your silly liberal ways.

    • vegas710 says:

      She was “simply” turning something universal into a fight between parties. No one here would claim that either party is above reproach but you can’t make excuses for one party’s bad behavior by saying the other guys did it first.
      How will we ever have an honest conversation if people continue to divide us based on ideologies?

    • GiGi says:

      This has NOTHING to do with being a liberal or a conservative. This is bigger than that and you, Alfred E. Newman are an asshat.

  6. AmyG says:

    The police in their native South Africa smashed down my parents door just to harassed them because they were a “mixed” couple. That is why they came to America. America has done some questionable things, but has always moved on and learned from their mistakes, always striving to be an example to the rest of the world. That is what makes America great and strong.

    • GiGi says:

      And this illustrates the point beautifully. Hoping your parents “just got over it” – in the eloquent words of Mario Saccoccio. /snark.

      • AmyG says:

        My parents rights, as defined by our constitution, were violated. Had the police just asked questions in a civil manner, would that have been a violation of their rights?

  7. Middleoftheroadmary says:

    AmyG,

    That was horrible-were you in the room when the police did that to your parents? I can’t imagine how scared you must have been! Alfred, please don’t try to speak for me…I am a grown woman and I only answer to the good lord, and my personal trainer.

    • AmyG says:

      Todd,
      No, I wasn’t born yet. At that time, “mixed” marriages were against the law. My parents came to America where they married. My brother was born first, then me!

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