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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]
07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]
07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]
07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
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07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]
07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]
07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]
07.16 Contempt [Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
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07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]
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07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]
07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]
07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]
07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]
07.17 Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]
07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Why do we lapse into collective silence at the persecution of minorities in our countries? Why don’t we believe in giving to others what we claim for ourselves? Why don’t we see the heart rending injustice of it all?
Someone needed to say this, so there.
We huff and puff, in a self-righteous rage, over the refusal of a few in the US of A to allow the building of a mosque near ground zero. For the bigots on either side especially, the issue has become so consuming that its is hard to distinguish their collective voice from one continuous, high-pitched, piercing blare.
Quite a few on my mailing list enthusiastically forwarded to me the amazing article written by Michael Moore (yes..of Fahrenheit 9/11 fame) titled as, “If This Mosque isn’t Built, This is no Longer America”. In the stunning piece, Michael Moore wants the mosque built ‘not two blocks away from ground zero but on ground zero’. He goes on to give a long list of his reasons for that. What really stumped me in Michael’s write-up was that, according to him, it was the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan whose rabbi has been helping the New York Muslim community in their quest since the beginning.
And I thought Jews were our worst enemies.
Bang in the midst of this controversy, another dazzling news almost drowned out. According to this Christian Science Monitor report, the hundred thousand strong Muslim community of the Italian city of Milan are pushing for building the first ever mosque in the city. And who happens to be their steadfast ally in their quest? Lo and behold; none other than the Vatican itself. Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Catholic church’s highest authority in town, says, “Milan civil institution must guarantee everyone religious freedom” and that, “Muslims have the right to practice their faith”.
All power to the Muslim communities in New York and Milan and to Michael Moore and Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi but where does that leave an ordinary Muslim like me? I am all confused now. I thought these people could never be friends with Muslims. That, as a matter fact, is an article of faith with us Muslims. I appeal to the paragons of moral consistency to now come to my aid. And pronto please. What is happening? Someone please reassure me that these friendly gestures are actually some more ‘Judeo-Christian conspiracies’ against us Muslims. And if these are, what exactly are we going to do about these? Refuse the help or refuse building the mosques?
But that is not all I am puzzled about. I need also to understand why in our holy land, a country that is a role model for the Muslim world, a kind of apartheid is practiced against non-Muslims? Christians, and other non-Muslims, are prohibited from even entering the two holy cities with signs indicating that Muslims must go to certain areas and non-Muslims to others. There are more than a million Roman Catholics in that country with not a single church for any denomination. Not allowed to practice their faith openly, these Christians are forced to worship in secret within private homes. Even articles and symbols such as Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious icons etc. are prohibited. The government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services. The blood money in that country payable for accidental death of a Christian male is half as much as that for a Muslim male (lucky, one would say, because all others i.e. Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs etc. are valued at 1/16th).
But above all what really boggles my mind is when I think that were some Christians supposedly involved in a terror attack on our holy cities, would we ever, ever contemplate allowing Christians to build a Church next to the attack sites? Not that there are any even without such attacks. Whether Muslims were or weren’t involved in the 9/11 attacks is beside the point. Rightly or wrongly, they are perceived to have been.
Not just that, people are actually killed for having different beliefs. In a country like Pakistan, Christians, along with other minorities of course, are routinely persecuted, their churches burnt, their homes and communities vandalized while we stand as helpless bystanders. Even ancient Bamyan statues, an international heritage, were not spared in Afghanistan. Yet when we go and reside in the West we foam righteous at our mouths demanding equal rights in matters of worship and daily living. We are the rowdiest, loudest and most violent protesters when we protest a seeming injustice.
Why we all forget the aforesaid facts when we cry out for equal rights and freedom of speech, thought and action in the West? Why don’t we demand the same in our own countries? Why do we lapse into collective silence at the persecution of minorities in our countries? Why don’t we believe in giving to others what we claim for ourselves? Why don’t we see the heart rending injustice of it all?
Why are we inure to these basic human values? When will we understand that fear freezes the mind keeping it forever at the mercy of ignorance? That superstition is a dagger that slaughters the intellect?
And if it is not the case of a callous indifference to basic human values or of fear or of superstition, what is it then?
Is it ignorance? Is it duplicity? Or is it dread of the unknown? Or is it the lethal mix of all three that keeps us from being honest?
Or is it plain old hypocrisy?
Copyright 2010 by Anwaar Hussain. The writer, a former officer of the Pakistan Air Force, is now based in Canada. This story was originally published in Truth Spring, Mr. Hussain's blog, and is republished in the Baltimore Chronicle with the author's permission. Mr. Hussain may be reached by email at email@example.com.
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