According to USA Today, as of January 2015, 58% of people in the United States are on Facebook.
Based on that, combined with my own research, using a sample group of ‘people whose posts show up on my wall’, I can say with a relative degree of certainty there is a minimal 40% chance that if you’re American, you’re a bigot, a hypocrite, and/or a dumbass.
Let me start with this statement:
You have never read the Qur’an.
I see so many people claiming that all Muslims are, no matter what, to be mistrusted without question. Often cited are all of the ‘horrible things’ written in their holy scripture. This is presented as fact, by people claiming it as common knowledge.
It might be true. In fact, I would be unsurprised if it is true. But you don’t know that. You’re only parroting what others have parroted before you.
Have you read the Bible? There’s some pretty terrible shit in that book too.
There is an off chance that you are reading this, and by some miracle HAVE read the Qu’ran, and are still offended; Fuck you, how does it feel to be unfairly generalized?
There is one piece of literature I definitely HAVE read, however, and that is the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, which clearly state that the government has no authority to legally favor or legally prohibit practice of any religion. Punishing people because they are Muslims would effectively force them to renounce their religion in order to be treated like everyone else under the law.
This Amendment exists, and is the very first such amendment, for very good reason. The people that founded this country were once persecuted for their beliefs as well. It sucked.
Now everyone wants to actively discriminate against a certain group of people, and say that it is in the best interest of a country, one of whose keystone tenets was to legally prohibit such discrimination.
People in this country are also still hounding on about how the state of racial inequality in the United States has never recovered from the intensely segregated pre-Martin Luther King Jr. era.
You know what? You’re right. It hasn’t, because every time we start to make some progress, you fucking hypocrites go and find someone else to hate. Is that how you propose to ‘mend the race relations’ of the last 200 years? By finding a new group we can all hate together?
The first amendment, just like the second amendment, is not up for interpretation. The amendments are written very clearly and concisely, and if you believe there are multiple ways to read them, you need to go back to school and seek out a competent grammar instructor.
Here’s another statement for you:
If you believe that all Muslims should be barred from entering the United States because a minuscule subset of them are terrorists, but you do NOT believe that all police departments in the United States should be immediately dissolved because the subset of them that commit violent felonies against innocent people are just ‘a few bad apples’, then you are a fucking hypocrite.
There are few things that piss me off faster than a hypocrite. If you can’t hold opinions on two subjects without them contradicting each other, then why the hell should the rest of us take them seriously?
You are responsible for your own safety.
If you are so terrified that you are willing to sell your soul to the government in the hopes that they will protect you, you are a pussy. Freedom is a verb. You have to work to keep it. You have to want it, and you have to be willing to hold to your convictions. It is better to be right than to be popular.
If you are that terrified, then take steps to protect yourself. Take steps to ensure that you are safe from any potential attackers, whether they’re Muslims or not.
Fourth statement (I’m on a roll here):
If you are willing to have the government forcefully infringe your will upon other peaceful people just because they don’t want to live their lives the way you do, I have some pretty heavy news for you: YOU are a bigot, and in fact, a terrorist. And no matter how hard you argue, you have no counter for that.
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one. Forcing other people that do like guns to not have guns because you can’t be trusted with one?
Don’t believe what is written in the Qur’an? Don’t subscribe to the Muslim faith? Fine.
Want to employ the ‘services’ of government employees to force out or keep out those who do believe in such things?
Don’t want to do Heroin or Crack? These things don’t appeal to you? Hey, smart decision.
Want to literally ruin people’s lives by stealing their money, costing them their careers, and locking them in cages for the best years of their lives because they happen to enjoy a bit of Meth on the weekends?
Not attracted to people of the same gender as you? Don’t feel comfortable at a gay bar or an LGBT community center? That’s your choice.
Want to have a law written to force those who are attracted to their own gender to forfeit rights they would otherwise have had as a straight couple, posing the rhetorical question “What will I tell my kids?” because you lack the parental skills to talk to your kid about life for five fucking minutes?
I know what to expect in the comments, too. Really.
“Well, I’m not a bigot because xyz passage in the Syria-bible that those terrorefugees believe in says blah, therefore its true that they have violent beliefs!”
Bigot. For you see, even if you are technically correct [and I’m not saying you are or are not], you are still a bigot. If we were to bar entry to, and export any religious groups who have ever had any sort of mass killing or genocide associated with them, we would pretty much be left with nobody in this country, besides maybe a Buddhist or two.
Ask the Native Americans how they feel about a new group of people being blanket-hated and stopped at the borders because some of them ‘might be terrorists’. If they don’t laugh in your face and call you an insensitive hypocrite, let me know. I’ll do it for them.