Before we get started here, I would like to note that I believe everyone has the right to express their own thoughts within reason. We all have the freedom of speech. So, as you hold your own opinion, I hold mine. My thoughts and opinions have been shaped by logic and personal experiences.
The tragic shooting in Orlando has caused outrage across the globe – with 50 killings and 53 injuries, the event is tremendous. My deepest love goes to those affected. In the midst of this terror attack, I question the United States gun laws, yet others are questioning an entire religion.
Australian politician, Pauline Hanson, has recently released a video to “have a serious chat about this latest terrorist attack.” She says that Muslims should not be allowed in to Australia and urges Australians that:
“We have to take a strong stance against Muslims, a strong stance against Islam.”
When someone advocates hate towards a religion, they are promoting hate towards every follower. There are approximately 2.08 billion Muslims that share this precious earth with us. So, if you hate Islam you don’t just hate the religion, you in reality hate 2.08 billion people. That’s a lot of unneeded hate. It has deeply saddened me that I have witnessed my own friends advocate hatred towards Islam on social media recently.
Muslims are human beings who share life with us. They are mothers, fathers, students, and children. In my very own family I am connected to Muslims. My brother, Graeme, has married a beautiful lady called Tya. Tya is a Muslim, she derives from a family who practices the Islamic faith. I attended their wedding in Indonesia, a country where the primary religion is Islam. Did I ever feel scared there? OF COURSE NOT.
Tya’s family were welcoming and peaceful. The wedding was wonderful and the culture was intriguing. If you agree with Pauline Hanson, that Muslims should not enter Australia, then you are telling me that my lovely sister-in law should not have been allowed in to Australia. That, above all, disgusts me.
Oh yes, there are extremist Muslims. There are radical Muslims who walk the earth and because of them we are entitled to fear. But guess what:
“since 1976, there have been 70,000 asylum seekers settled in Australia who arrived by boat. Not one of them has been found to have a link to terrorism.” – Tasneem Chopra, cross cultural consultant, speaking on Q&A, November, 2015.
And in the United States there have been more people killed by toddlers than terrorists. More TODDLERS have caused deaths in dreadful and accidental shootings.
Instead of detestation towards Muslims, we should feel sympathy, love or sadness. Millions of Muslims in Syria are being displaced. Their homes are being bombed, their families are being torn apart and they are struggling to re-build their lives. Australia needs to help these people with love, not initial hate.
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