Tuesday, January 02, 2007

You too can grow up to be President

In the 1960's a groups of eager first graders were told that if they worked hard enough, that anything was possible in the US, they could even become president! This mantra was repeated many times during the 60's maybe even the 70's, might have been in the 80's and I have no clue about the 90's and after.

What they should have said to us is that you have a chance of being president as long as you aren't African-American, Latino, Chinese-American, Japanese-American, Somali-American, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Wiccan, Pagan, Buddhist, Sikh, female, transgendered, gay, etc. etc. etc.

Basically little first graders if your not white, male and Christian, you need not apply.

Well it's 2007 and it's gotten better, women and non-white born Americans have a better chance at being president. Many countries developed, western, and developing beat us at having a more diverse pantheon of leaders than we do. We now have Jews, African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos, gays and women in the House and Senate (how Henry Ford and others must be spinning in their graves)

But the presidency and vice presidency are still prizes only for the white, Christian males.

But we are still making progress, or so we thought when Minnesota elected the first Muslim, Keith Ellison (D-MN), to congress. Apparently if Keith had been a "good quiet ni_ _ er" and just went along, everything would have been fine. But he had the audacity to want to have his ceremonial picture taken with the Qur'an instead of the Bible.

The right wing fear mongers have gone nuts. Of course they only needed an excuse and Keith probably gave them this to get it over with. But still, only days away till the new congress convenes, one wonders how http://thinkprogress.org/2007/01/02/goode-ellison-911/ hysterical Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) will deal with his colleague.

Maybe Mr. "Goode" should go to the 10 Islamic schools in VA and look into the face of the children going to school and tell them that they may pay taxes, be good citizens of this country, contribute to society in a meaningful way, BUT because they are Muslim they may not participate in the government, except for voting (and we'll try and make sure your precinct doesn't get enough ballots).

Maybe he should do a tour of the mosques in VA too and tell those parents NOT to fill their children's heads with the idea of equality, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, etc. Those, after all, are only for Christians and Jews.

Keep in mind that Rep. Keith Ellison is risking more for this country than Mr. Goode is and probably ever will. It is not just his professional and political life on the line, but the lives of himself and his family. He has to watch himself from every direction. From those who honestly feel that Virgil Goode is a hero and that they need to protect the country from an "Islamic take over, " taking Keith out in their minds be the first step in protecting this country and its institutions.

Keith also is in danger from the very extremist who join Al-Qeada and in whom Goode is very afraid. They view Keith Ellison as at best and Uncle Tom and at worst an apostate worthy of termination with extreme prejudice.

He is laying a lot on the line for this great country. I wonder if this country, the people of this country are aware of what he is doing. We need to, in turn, help watch over him and his family so that nothing happens to them.


Anonymous said...

The strength of America may come from the separation of church and state, but unless that separation is strengthened, it may very well be our undoing.
I invite you to read and comment on today’s post,
An “Honest” Terrorist Writes: “No Muslim Can Pledge Loyalty to the Constitution”

Clytemnestra said...

I posted this on your blog and I will also post it here:

Wahabi are NOT the whole of Islam or Muslims. They also say that Muslim may not vote in American elections. BUT major, mainstream American Muslim organizations, and many mainstream American Muslim Imams have said it is okay and encouraged it. Imam Siraj Wahaj, and Imam Hamza Yusuf to name two off the top of my head.

Instead of citing just one source, that supports your presupposed conclusion, why not ask the more mainstream Muslim organizations?

American Muslim Council

Muslim American Society

Islamic Society of North America

Council on American-Islamic Relations

I think you’ll find that they do not agree with Dr. Jaafar Sheikh Idris

Donna L. Halper said...

Regarding Faultline's comments, there seems to be an assumption that all Muslims are either radicals or terrorists. I'm Jewish and proud of it, but I have had Muslim friends and colleagues for years, with no ill effects that I can see. As with any religion, you are going to get extremists-- does James Dobson or Pat Robertson really represent ALL Christians? When Mitt Romney stated that gay marriage is "the biggest social problem in America today," is he speaking for ALL Mormons?

For too long, extremists have been allowed to hijack the debate. They attract media attention, and make it seem like they speak for everyone in their religion. But they do not. There really are modern, and even liberal, Muslims living in America. Some are converts. Some were born here. But none of the Muslims I know and work with hate America or worship at the altar of terrorism. Stereotypes and generalities do not advance the conversation. We need to separate out the extremes and let the rest of us work together, Jews and Christians and Muslims and whatever else, to make our country stronger. Muslims are not my enemy. Bigots of any religion are my enemy. I am not saying Faultline is a bigot, but too many people seem to assume there are NO liberal Muslims. Based on my experience as a broadcaster and an educator, that is absolutely untrue.

Clytemnestra said...

This post was added to Arcanext - and I couldn't be more pleased