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Silence of Muslims-- what it really shows

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Submitted by Samir (United States), Jun 8, 2006 at 01:48

As a proud Hindu American I've constantly noticed Muslims in this country being very silent on anything against Islam. It really is a brainwashed society. They complain passionately against being screened at airports, about France's ban on religious symbols, but yet have no problem when churches are routinely destroyed in the Middle East, when Muslims blow themselves up at Israelis, when Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh are killed simply for not believing in Allah, or when aid workers are beheaded simply because they're American. They exhibit a high degree of hypocriscy by expecting the freedoms of this Westernized world for themselves, and yet not wanting to give it to anyone else. They claim they don't want to be wiretapped because of a the freedom of speech-- but then they don't want cartoons published about Muhammed. They believe Mosques shouldn't be monitored, but they were perfectly content when ancient Buddhist sites were destroyed in Afghanistan.

Something I have learned by being fortunate enough to live in this wonderful country is that if you come to America, live by its rules! My family came from India, and we are very grateful of all that America has given us. I agree their are faults in its foreign policy-- but its tolerant society is really something magnificient, which I appreciate every day. You will rarely see a Muslim being grateful to America, even when they live there. They will complain and complain, ignoring the fact that everything they hate about America-- it's secularism, its freedom of speech, freedom of expression-- is precisely what has made America the leader of the world in so many areas.

The silence of Muslims implies a subtle acceptance of terrorist activities. You will never see Jews, Hindus, Christians, or Buddhists remain quiet if its followers kill innoncent civilians in the name of their religion. I would be personally outraged if a Hindu attacked a non-Hindu in the name of their religion. Westernized societies, which are predominantly Christian, have also shown zero-tolerance for similiar crimes committed by Christian radicals. This discipline of the other world religions demonstrates a great tolerance for other faiths. However, this is completely absent in Islam. Even in America, without fear of retribution or being ostricized from the community, you rarely see Muslims angered by terrorist activities or speaking out against them. Their silence is almost more troubling than the bombings themselves. And try asking a Muslim about this-- with the exception of a minority, most will immediately talk about crimes committed against Middle Eastern countries, and totally ignore the faults of the Muslim world. It's hypocricsy on a grand scale.

As a proud Hindu American, I would like to say that I have no problem being double checked at airports because I know I'm not planning on doing anything wrong. I have no problem with wire-tapping for the same exact reason. America is a wonderful country that has allowed my family and I to make a better life for ourselves while still allowing us to maintain aspects of our own culture. If you don't like this country, no one is making you stay-- it is time for Muslims in America, and in all Western countries to either start living by and accepting its rules-- secularism, tolerance, and freedom of speech, ideas, and expression-- or to leave and go back to the Middle East where their warped sense of morality, religion, and customs have pitted themselves in poverty, while other nations live in prosperity or are quickly moving towards that path.

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