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  •  One of the things that I remember very clearly (9+ / 0-)

    and I was in lower Manhattan, south of 14th street, in the part of the city that was shut down in the immediate aftermath, was the news story from AZ, about the Sihkh man who was murdered pumping gas because someone two thousand + miles away from the events thought he was a Muslim.

    Four days after the event we in that part of Manhattan were struggling with helping people, helping people cope and taking it all in.  Somebody with little or no understanding of that, and no connection to what was going on on the ground on the other side of the country were acting out misplaced rage violently.  

    Not exactly the expression of "unity" that most people had in mind when they praised our national unity.  

    Flags and unity and "national purpose" all seemingly desirable goals and positive symbols, except when they aren't.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 03:23:52 PM PDT

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    •  In the fall of 2001 I was on a pagan email list-- (7+ / 0-)

      immediately after 9/11 the pagans recruited homes where American Muslims would be welcome to stay/hide-out in case there was some kind of mass movement against them.  That never came to pass, I'm glad to say.

      Maybe that reaction was naive, but it was admirable. Pagans still think about witch-hunts.

      As offensive as our adversaries can be, it is always the people on our own side who drive us crazy.

      by Mayfly on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 03:45:10 PM PDT

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      •  Not naive at all (6+ / 0-)

        Too many of us American Pagans have been targeted for harassment by Christian teachers or co-workers or bosses, or had our children taken from us by Christian judges. Some, like Darla K. Wynne, have had houses vandalized, their pets brutally murdered, and their lives threatened. Many of us have been subject to the same kind of hate and fear directed at American Muslims. All too often the witch-hunting has been literal.

        I was working for the FBI in Hawaii as an analyst a few years after 9/11. Several Pagan groups and the few known practicing ME immigrant Muslims on Oahu (as opposed to Indonesian or other SE Asian Muslims) were targeted for investigations, based on nothing more than that they were the "wrong" kinds of Americans. There was no material evidence of any wrongdoing, or reasonable suspicion of any criminal act. Just hate.

        If you are a religious minority, law enforcement is neither your friend nor your ally. Do not trust that you will be helped if the worst happens.

        When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

        by Keori on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 04:23:56 PM PDT

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