These are the facts:
Last Wednesday, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani – two Indian-born engineers living and working in the US – stepped into Austin’s Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas. As they had done so many times before, they ordered drinks and unwound after a long day of work. On this particular evening however, Kuchibhotla and Madasani were approached by another patron, Adam Purinton, who began to shout racial slurs at the two men and demanded to know “Which country are you from? Are you here illegally?”, before shouting “Get out of my country!”
Purinton was thrown out of the bar, only to return with a gun, opening fire on Kuchibhotla and Madasani. Kuchibhotla was killed and Madasani was injured, along with twenty-four year old patron Ian Grillot, who attempted to subdue Purinton. Purinton fled on foot, and was next seen five hours later at an Applebees across the state line. Purinton claimed openly to having killed “two Middle-Eastern men.” Purinton was promptly arrested and extradited from Missouri back to Kansas, where he has been charged with first-degree murder, bail set at two-million dollars.
Once again, these are the facts.
What follows is the tricky part.
How do I write about this – any of this – without devolving into incoherent rage? After all these tragedies over all these years, have we gotten any closer to make sense of the senseless?
Perhaps I could write about how Indians and Sikhs have repeatedly been the targets of hatred intended for Arabs and Muslims. How ever since 9/11, an entire group of people who have done nothing – nothing – to harm the US have been harassed, belittled, and even murdered.
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Tagged Adam Purinton, Alok Madasani, Anne Coulter, Arab, Austin's Bar & Grill, Cliven Bundy, Deport, hispanic, India, Indian, Islam, Islamophobia, Kansas, Latinos for Trump, massacre, michelle malkin, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Muslims, Nikki Haley, Oak Creek, Olathe, Sikh, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Tim Scott, Travel Ban
This week’s post won’t be a long one. After all, there’s not much to say that we (and a thousand others) haven’t said already.
It’s been another day, another senseless and tragic attack.
Another wave of people sending their “thoughts and prayers”, another wave of people mocking the ease and meaninglessness of profile filters.
Another reaction of people pointing out our own hypocrisy as attacks twice as deadly (though no more or less terrible) go without mention in Africa, Asia, South America.
And nothing we’re going to do in the next days and weeks will change what’s already happened. The only thing we can do is decide how to react, and readers, please don’t react like serial philanderer and defender of “traditional marriage” Newt Gingrich.
You’d think a guy who does this would be more thrilled about the prospect of a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy…
His reaction to last week’s appalling attack in Nice has been to propose- I kid you not- a “Sharia test”, in which all Muslim Americans would be tested to see if they support fundamentalist Islamic law. Any that did would be promptly deported, Gingrich says.
Now some of you might be saying, “But Gordon, you stalwart vassal of decency and dignity, is that really so absurd? Gingrich himself stated that he doesn’t have problem with moderate Muslims and that he’s even “glad to have them as citizens.” And you support the complete separation of church and state, so wouldn’t you be cool with this?”
No, and I’ll tell you why.
Answer me this- what’s a “Muslim?”
It’s someone who believes in Islam, right?
Posted in America, government, Islam, morality, news, politics, religion
Tagged bigotry, Christian, Deport, deportation, Hijab, Islam, Islamophobia, jewish, Muslim, Muslims, Newt Gingrich, nice, Nice attack, religion, religious, Sharia, Sharia Law, Test
“Would Jesus have carried a gun?”
That was the question Christian activist Shane Claiborne posed in an article this Saturday.
“ Jesus did not tell us to kill our enemies. He told us to love them.”
These words come as a response to the shocking and repulsive comments by Liberty University’s president Jerry Falwell Jr. who, in a speech to his institution’s students, sneering declared that “if more good people had concealed-carry permits […] we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.”
I shouldn’t have to explain how despicable those words are. And readers- I’m not going to.
If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume (to hope) that you have an iota of humanity in you. A speck of morality. A single shred of basic decency. I don’t think I need to describe what vile, bigoted, demonic filth that statement is. I don’t think I could even begin to. The heinous, cancerous insanity that Falwell spouts doesn’t merit a response.
Shane Claiborne, on the other hand, does.
Posted in America, bizarreness, Christianity, Islam, morality, news, religion
Tagged Bible, Christianity, Concealed Carry, Evangelicals, gun, guns, Jerry Falwell Jr., Jesus, Liberty University, morality, Muslim, Muslims, pacifism, Shane Claiborne, slavery, Temple, torture, Violence, Whip
Sun News and New Prosperity Mine
Some of you may remember the report I wrote this past summer describing the debate over the New Prosperity Mine application in Williams Lake. I attended a few debates over the mine with my mother-in-law and there was a very strong division in the room. Supporters of the mine wore blue scarves, were primarily white, and mostly discussed the economic benefits. Most of the individuals speaking out against the mine were from the reserves surrounding the mining area, where they would be most closely affected.
There were also several very detailed environmental reports brought forward after the general public discussion. While I wasn’t able to make every one due to work, I was able to sit in on a report by a grizzly bear specialist. They shared exactly how the mine project would harm the already threatened grizzly bear community in the area. Again, that was only one one of many other extensive environmental reports.
Posted in Canada, government, Islam, news, politics, writing
Tagged Avaaz, boston bomber, CBC, commentary, Enbridge pipeline, Ezra Levant, Ford Nation, Fox News, Fox News North, free market, government subsidy, graph, grizzly bear, hot chicks, journalism, lawsuit, libel, Margaret Atwood, media, Media Bias, Muslims, New Prosperity Mine, news, poll, private sponsors, privatization, privatize CBC, Rob Ford, Rob Ford smoking crack, sexy outfits, Stephen Harper, straight talk, Sun News, terrorism, Williams Lake
For everything that’s going on in the world, this actually hasn’t been such a bad week. The tragic murder of an anti-racist singer in Greece has, at long last, resulted in the hammer being brought down on upon the Neo-Nazi “Golden Dawn” party responsible for both his death and attacks on leftists, immigrants, and a 12-year-old girl. It’s been a long time coming, but at long last the Greek government is actually heeding calls from the public to respond to this fascist menace; other European countries, ya mind taking a hint?
Speaking of racists, did you know that the rally the Klu Klux Klan was planning on holding at Gettysburg was cancelled as a result of the shut-down of the US government?
Well it was.
If you can’t take joy at the collapse of a racist rally, what can you?
Posted in America, Europe, media, news, race, religion
Tagged Abdul Haji, Abdul Yousef Haji, Al Shabbab, Christian, civillian, deaths, El Shabbab, Europe, Gettysburg, Golden Dawn, Government shutdown, greece, Hindu, Kenya, KKK, Malala Yousafzai, Mall, memorial, millenials, Muslim, Muslims, neo-nazi, racism, racist, racists, rally, rescue, Shopping Center, Somali, veterans, vets, Westgate, WWII
I’ve mentioned on more than a few occasions that Europe is grappling with issues of racism, which is something of a euphemism for “full fledged white supremacy movements.” What with my repeated references and the major role that this obviously plays on a cultural and political field, I figured it’s high time I actually break it down for ya.
You’d think that a nation that’s invaded all but 22 countries, maintained the largest empire of all time, and started multiple wars with underdeveloped nations to force them to buy drugs would be a bit more understanding when the people from those countries tried moving to the UK to build better lives for themselves. Instead, the flow of immigrants into Britain has resulted in a massive backlash from the “native” English (you know- the ones descended from Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and Norman immigrants). United under the fear that the empty house next door might be rented out by a family with brown skin and funny accents instead of a family with white skin and funny accents, Britain has seen the rise of bigoted groups in both the forms of political parties, such as the “British Nationalist Party” [BNP], to straight up gangs of violent racist thugs, such as the self-proclaimed “English Defense League” or “EDL”. But hey- we’ve got similar problems across the pond- what’s the big deal (other than, you know, the attempts to turn Britain into a whites-only nation, through violence and intimidation if necessary)? Continue reading
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Tagged Anders Brevik, Angela Merkel, anti-semite, anti-semitic, apartheid, Arabs, ban, bigotry, BNP, Britain, British Nationalist Party, burka, Csanad Szgedi, EDL, English Defense League, european parliament, European Parliment, Expulsion, Fascism, Fascist, France, Great Britain, Holocaust, holocaust denier, Hungary, Immigrants, Islam, Islamization, Jobbik, KKK, Klu Klux Klan, law, Marine Le Pen, Minaret Ban, multiculturalism, Multiculturalism has failed, Muslims, nazi, neo-nazi, Nick Griffin, Norway, prejudice, refugees, Roma, segregation, Switzerland, Turks, UK, Utoya, Veil, white supremacist groups, white supremacy