University of Colorado student Maria Hardman’s essay “I am a Muslim and I love this country” (Student Voice, Dec. 7) is the inane ranting of a 19-year-old who views life with the self-righteous indignation that I, too, felt at 19.
No one told her she couldn’t wear the hijab after they took her mug shot, just not during it. Why? Because the ears, particularly the right ear, are used in identification. For the same reason, glasses are also not permitted.
Again, no one is trying to stop her from practicing her religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment. However, she got booked for a DUI and that completely altered the situation, as in needing to be photographed for identification.
She said, “As a Muslim-American woman, I feel let down by my country. I love America. This incident, however, has raised such doubt for me.”
Really? Raised such doubt? To me, she looks about as Muslim as I do.
Oh wait, I get it, she now identifies with Islam, so that’s where her allegiances lay. I have never heard of any other American identify themselves as Catholic-American, Baptist-American, Hindu-American, Sufi-American, Jewish-American, Christian-American, Atheist-American, Satanist-American or whatever religion one does, or does not, belong to.
Before anyone tippy-tappies across the keyboard, my Jewish friends identify themselves as Americans first.
I could have let that one go, but this really got my ire: “I understand that the topic of Islam is a tricky one to address in today’s political climate, but if America wants to see global unification and peace amongst the nations of the Middle East, we must start at home. We must start in Boulder, Colo.”
So according to this whiner, it is now incumbent on America, the government and its citizens, to make feel-goody PC salutations and then, together, we can all dance merrily around the maypole. Whatever she’s on, let me get three, please.
Her essay would be laughable if weren’t so dangerous. She is openly saying that because of being told to remove her hijab, she now doubts her allegiance to the country of her birth. Further, she feels radicalized and that Islam and its jihadists are right to fight against what they perceive as the global domination of America and its citizenry, against Islam.
To add insult to injury, here are her final parting shots: “I am just a citizen who is crying foul at the ignorance surrounding Islam, and the injustices of our legal system.”
Last time I checked, no one, at least not the majority of Americans, have physically attacked Muslims; of course, there are nutters in every culture. What she has actually done, and quite successfully, is to demonize anyone who is not a Muslim.
“My fellow Americans, I pray that you take pity on Islam and on the Muslims who call this country home as much as you do. All we ask is for an acknowledgment of our tradition and religious freedom.”
Take pity? WTH? The citizens of America do not, by and large, hate Islam or Muslims.
People are afraid and more, sick and tired of reading about the horrors committed under the banner of Sharia. Sick and tired of seeing the news of another suicide bombing. Sick and tired of the growing virus of radical Islam, poisoned by the Saudi-Wahabbist ideology.
No, it’s not Muslims nor Islam we despise and fear, it’s whining apologists that ignore the perversity and the atrocities committed across the world in the name of a political/religious dogma and blatantly twist and ignore the reality of truth.
Max Myers, a writer/director living in Los Angeles, blogs for Sharia4America.com.