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Idle Condemnation is Condonation

Rillifane's post reminded me of a letter to the editor I read on Monday. As I waited for the bus to take me into New York to meet VJ for lunch, I picked up a copy of the Star Ledger. In it was this piece by Anisa Medhi, titled Terror is the Worst Sacrilege Against the Quran.
My emotions are complicated in the wake of this evil. I battle feelings of guilt -- guilt by association because I am Muslim and Muslims are the likely suspects in this case.

I felt a similar guilt as a white person watching white policemen hose down black American civil rights protesters in the 1960s. There was a guilt reading reports of massacres in Bosnia and Rwanda when my great nation might have stepped in to stop the crimes and guilt at seeing it happen again in Darfur, again on my watch.

There is guilt seeing the destruction my tax dollars are bringing to my father's homeland, Iraq. But being associated by faith with people who may be behind this unjustifiable bloodbath is the knottiest. ...

In the light of this tragedy in London, the stories about desecrating the Quran in American military institutions pale. Destroying or disrespecting a book, no matter how precious, cannot be compared with murder.

If Muslim individuals are indeed behind the slaughter of innocents in London, it is they who truly commit sacrilege against Islam's holy book. They are the ones who are truly trashing the Quran.
Finally, I thought. One of the Good Muslims gets it. She's not hiding behind the whole "Religion of Peace" line, she's not trying to just pass it off as the actions of some "bad apples." Those bad apples are spoiling her bunch: her name, her identity, her religion. Anisa Medhi is tired of terrorists ruining it for the rest of the Islamic community. She isn't going to stand by and let it happen anymore.
Every Muslim individual and organization I know condemns these acts of terrorism.
And that was it. No ideas. Nothing. Just the same old crap. Congratulations, nobody you know thinks murder is ok. Next thing you're going to say is you have a gay friend.

Talk is cheap, sister. What are you going to do about it? If you're as offended as you say you are, if terrorists are defiling your holy book or contradicting your peaceful religion, what are you doing to stop them? If you genuinely agree that murder is worse than destroying a book, where's the outrage? Where's the action?

Over in the UK, the call has been made. Empty words in letters to editors aren't going to cut it anymore. If the Anisa Medhis of the world truly abhor the stain terrorism is leaving on her and others like her, she will take a stand. If it is terrorists and only terrorists who are the ones "who truly commit sacrilege against Islam's holy book", she and Muslims like her will be compelled to act against them.

I guess, like all things, we'll have to wait and see. I can hope.
Tags: 9/11, politics, rant

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