Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fanning the Flames of Hate

Not long ago  there was a cowardly attack in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The perpetrator was a mentally unbalanced person armed with an arsenal of assault weapons. Yesterday a white supremacist armed with a semi-automatic handgun shot and killed 7 people in a Sikh Temple near Milwaukee, Wis. The motive behind the temple attack was most likely that Sikhs are of a different religion and a different race. At times like this, living in Malaysia, I am embarrassed to be an American because I cannot explain to my friends here why it is so easy to get guns that are only meant to kill as many people as possible.

Nothing much was said about gun control after the Aurora tragedy and I am sure nothing much will be said after this recent racist attack. Our presidential candidates and our members of congress are too cowardly and don't  have the balls to go against the NRA. The NRA strongly bankrolls the campaigns of the GOP and some Democrats from the so called redneck states, where people care more about having their guns than they do about human life. I don't know if it is a matter of ignorance, lack of education, hatred or just plain stupidity.

The ability to purchase all kinds of assault weapons in this country, combined with the bigoted and hateful rhetoric of many Republican Conservatives and Christian fanatics signal a dangerous future for our country . Politicians identifying themselves as Christian Conservatives spread hate about other religions, especially Islam and call for a Christian country. The same idiots who think that Obama is a Muslim also don't know there is a difference between Muslims and Sikhs. Sikhs are not Muslims. The religious right doesn't care about the truth. They only care about spreading hate about anyone or any group that is of a different religion, a different race or a different look. These times are reminiscent of pre-WWII Nazi Germany. The difference then was that the Jews were demonized. There is absolutely no difference between Islamic terrorists, such as the Taliban, and Christian extremists of the religious right. They both espouse hatred and violence.

Since Obama was elected President Republicans have vowed to destroy anything he attempted to do. Republican and Christian Conservatives have increased their bigoted and hateful rhetoric and are working to elect politicians who will force their intolerant and evil views upon the rest of us Americans. The US is a country of different religions, races, nationalities and is tolerant of all physical and sexual differences. We cannot let these people turn our country into Christian theocracy based on hate.

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