Monday, September 29, 2008

Delayed Reaction to the Ohio Mosque Attack

I don't know how I managed to miss the news about someone spraying an irritant to hurt congregants of a Dayton area Mosque, but that I did. Worshippers were praying at the Mosque to mark the final days of Ramadan, the Muslim Holy month and any attack on a Mosque at that time is something akin to attacking a synagogue during Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur, or attacking a Church at Christmas or Easter. Of course, attacking a house of worship - any house of worship, just because you do not share the views of another religion is something I'm pretty sure G-d would find to be an egregious offence (to say the least).

Many people are now questioning whether a hatefilled DVD that's been played on FOX and distributed through local newspapers may have contributed to escalating anti-Islamic rhetoric as well as this attack. Ya think? The DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West", is a hateful piece of shite that could only have been put together by people who are, obviously, easily threatened by those who don't suscribe to the developers narrow-minded politico-religious views. Let's be honest, there's only one reason some people are so easily threatened by the mere existence people subscribing to the views of another religion: they're very weak in their own faith.

I can not find words adequate to express my utter disgust at the hate-mongering behing this DVD and the actions people appear to be taking against an entire religion. The so-called Religious Right needs to remove their rose-colored glassed take a good hard look at itself and realize that when they rail against "Islamofascists" they are railing against themselves. In principle, the extremist fundamentalist/orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims are essentially the same. While (in this century) there have not been as many attacks and acts of terror committed in the name of Christianity (or Judaism) as there have been in the name of Islam, the hate-filled rhetoric, insistance that secular law match fundamentalist/orthodox "biblical" law and, now, physical attacks are just a sign that the Christofascists are scaling up and will eventually match the fervor of the Islamofascists overseas.

I feel the need to remind you "Christians" who think this hate-mongering DVD or the resultant attack on the Mosque in Dayton are acceptable of Matthew 6:5:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
To any Jews who are not offended by this hate-mongering, on this Erev Rosh Hashana, I say shame on you. We've been there (heck, to a certain extent, we're still there) so it is our duty to support other "strangers" in our communities.


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