You too can contact the government officials who joined this hate-fest and give them a (polite) piece of your mind:
Some Thoughts from MM Contributors:
When I saw the video, the following thoughts came to mind:
How easy can people be manipulated and whipped into a frenzy.
Most people are sheep and they follow the herd mentality.
Everyone has a certain level of bigotry. Most are able to control it. But when there appears to be an opportunity to be unaccountable for verbalizing it, many fall into that trap. Think about that famous children's fiction, Lord of the Flies… how the lack of accountability led to kids becoming savages. Or the LA riots for instance. This rally was an opportunity to be a bigot and not only be unaccountable in its display, but actually feel like a hero.
When hard times come, people want something to cheer about. Patriotism may actually rise as the fall of your nation in economics draws you to be part of anything that “feels” patriotic. Cheering loudly for America against perceived “foreign enemies” makes you part of some “cause”, and participate in the battle for your country.
Ignorance can make you really look foolish at times. You should always gauge and understand your actions. The otherwise normal citizens in the mob didn't take the time to actually do their own research about what they were protesting.
How wife-beating, child-abuse, etc. have been attached to Muslims despite the facts that more women are abused in the West than anywhere in the world and more children are abused by priests than Muslim clergy could dream of.
Lack of PR. There was a time when a call was made out on one of Houston's radio programs for a rally outside the hotel where we were going to conduct a major Texas da‘wah Islamic conference. It took Shaykh Waleed going up against the conference's critics on the same radio program, massive PR campaign that eventually the radio-host decided that he had it all wrong (or at least it wasn't all right) and disbanded the rally. It's time Muslim orgs realize that they need professional PR people to help the cause. Shoddy-accented uncles just don't cut it.
Haters never Prosper
In Orange County, California (remind me to strike that off my places to visit other than to show my support for the Muslims there), the worst and the lowest of anti-Islam protesters showed up to a fundraiser organized by a Muslim organization to raise funds for women's shelters and to aid in the general fight against hunger and homelessness here in America. They were greeted by politicians, tea party activists, and a group of protesters akin to the repugnant Westboro Baptist Church members who protest at the funerals of dead military personnel.
Now, I'm a big free speech advocate even if that speech is offensive and it may reflexively feel good to prevent it. I agree with the Supreme Court's decision yesterday protecting the right of expression and don't agree at all with the implementation of so-called blasphemy laws in some Muslim countries, which are largely used as tools of injustice to persecute minorities or political opponents, which even if there is some basis in the religion, was never the intent of law.
I hope and pray each elected official that spoke at the rally is voted out of office or recalled by the people and for understanding and civility to enter the hearts of the protesters.
- Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims Entering Yorba Linda Charity Function
- Glenn Greenwald: Growing anti-Muslim hatred in the U.S