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Juan Cole: Basic Facts on Clothing and Murder for American Bigots

Hard hitting piece from Juan Cole, addressed to the bigots (h/t:BA):

Basic Facts on Clothing and Murder for American Bigots

(Informed Comment)

Dear American bigots:

Basic Fact: Wearing a veil, as Iraqi-American Shaima al-Awady did before she was brutally murdered in her home as part of a hate crime, does not make a person a terrorist. You don’t mind it when pious Roman Catholic women wear a nun’s habit, and you recognize that dress as a sign of dedication to God. You don’t blame all the violence ever committed by Roman Catholics, or events like the Inquisition, on a nun in your neighborhood. Be as tolerant to pious Muslim women.

Basic Fact: Wearing a hoodie is not an invitation to murder, as Geraldo Rivera suggested it was in the case of Trayvon Martin. In fact, if you think about it, St. Francis of Assisi wore a hood, as did many other saints and monks. In the United States, we don’t kill people for how they dress, but how dressing like St. Francis is a crime is a special mystery.

Basic Fact: And, by the way, there is nothing worse than being both a bigot and a f*ck-up. So for God’s sake leave the poor Sikhs alone. Few Muslim men wear turbans, so if you see someone with a turban and a beard, he is likely from Indian Punjab and not a Muslim. I mean, you shouldn’t be bothering Muslims either, but your sad ass is definitely going to clown hell if you shoot down a Sikh because you mistook him for a Muslim.

Basic Fact: And by the way, all this emphasis on clothing as a motive for murder is just a smokescreen for sidestepping the real issue, which is that bigots shouldn’t be allowed to have hand guns. In fact, since you can’t hunt deer with a hand gun and most owners of a hand gun are not reservists in the National Guard of their state, it is unclear why the US tolerates so many hand guns. In countries like Britain, which do not, the murder rate by gun is vanishingly small compared to the annual carnage in the US.

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  • Truth Hurts

    “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

    What use is a killing tool in a nominally civilised society?

    The possession of guns implies that savagery is just beneath the surface, & that policing & teaching peace are a relatively ineffective waste of time & money.

    The gun is an escalation in potential harm.

    Why not? > “RPGs don’t kill people. People kill people.”

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 16.69

    I believe the state is responcible for the protection of its citizens – thats why we have the police . For the state to absolve its self of that responcablity by saying its up to you carry a gun is just a cop out. I also think that a state needs a healthcare policy too . So I wont be moving to the USA anytime soon ;-)

  • http://www.wmonline.com BuddhaShrink

    I would like to recommend the following article that can easily be read by googling it: “Guns don’t save lives, social democracy does!”

    Above I wrote, “There is no evidence that those with guns are any safer than those without guns.”
    There is evidence that those who carry a gun are more likely to get killed than those who do not carry a gun.

    Love, not fear, really is the answer. The right response to Islamophobia is not more phobia. Love, not fear. Compassion, not hatred. Kindness, not rage. Keep the Faith!

  • http://www.wmonline.com BuddhaShrink

    Thanks Emperor for sharing Juan Cole’s article. It is an excellent commentary on bigotry and how clothing alone is no basis for judging another.
    I agree 100% with all of what Juan Cole had to say, including his comments regarding guns.
    3 people die from guns every hour in the United States. And there is no evidence that those with guns are any safer than those without guns.

    Going out and buying a gun, because we are afraid, will mostly, in my opinion, fuel and heighten our fear, and succeed mainly in giving even more money to the right-wing gun industry that makes millions off of fear. Guns sales have been spectacular ever since Obama was elected president. Buying guns would make the right-wing hate group websites’ day.
    If you already do not have a gun, don’t buy one now, especially out of fear.
    Better to focus on the fact that most Americans are decent people who want to coexist with others. Let’s focus on the positive and the good with hopes and prayers for a kinder and more compassionate world. In essence, we have 2 emotional choices: Fear or Love. Choose Love!

  • khushboo

    I agree with this article up until the end. We all have a right to have guns and it is necessary to protect ourselves. If we don’t have guns and the villains do through illegal means, then we are in trouble. Also, we should not have the gov’t. take away that power from us for it could become a fascist state.

  • Sam Seed

    Carrying guns is not the answer, there will be carnage on the streets. Guns kill, they are not a deterrant. If everyone in the world had guns..it would be like a bloodbath.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 16.69

    mmmmm USA nearly three times that of the UK http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/oct/13/homicide-rates-country-murder-data
    I rest my case :-)

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 16.69

    Franczeska
    I wonder what the overall murder rate is comparing The USA and Britain .
    I know I can out run maybe a loon with a knife but out runing bullets …..

  • Hatethehaterz

    Well said Franczezca! I totally agree. Liked the article but disagreed with the stance on gun control. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. People were killing and hurting each other long before guns were developed. Muslims should exercise their rights to legally carry firearms and defend themselves should the need arise. Hopefully it never arises but it is good to be prepared. Everyone stay safe Inshallah.

  • Franczeska

    Another thing: The author mentions the comparatively low rate of gun deaths in the United Kingdom compared to that of the U.S.A., but does not mention the still very high rate of stabbing deaths in the U.K.

  • Franczeska

    Great article, but I do disagree with his apparent stance regarding the ownership of handguns by private citizens. If more Muslims were to apply for and obtain permits to carry concealed weapons, a certain percentage of those so quick to attack them might at least think twice before doing so. Every adult Muslim should, in the words of the late Malik Shabazz (or Malcolm X as he was then known) excercise his or her right to own a legal rifle or shotgun. If guns aren’t legal to carry in your area, at least consider training in the use of defencive weapons that are e.g. Pepper Spray etc; Learn everything you can about genuine self-protection, with or without external weapons.

  • mindy1

    Very true article, and yes stoned gremlin they do tend to go hand in hand.

  • http://twitter.com/muslim_sk8r Muslim_Sk8r

    Insightful article. I would love to share this with others but the cursing is a bit of a putback. Perhaps if there is a youth-friendly version of this article, I won’t have to use screen capture and censor your work. This article has many great learning tools, but clean it up please. Words can be just as hateful and menacing as a person’s actions.

  • Grouchy

    Too true. And if said bigots read this they wouldn’t understand.

  • Stoned Gremlin

    Doesn’t being a bigot and a f**k up go hand in hand?

  • Seeker

    Heh… It would have been hilarious, had it not been so sad.
    You sort of start losing faith in humanity, don’t you? :S

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