Most days in the lab if I’m not at the bench doing experiments I’ll listen and/or watch Huffingtonpost live. It’s an interactive form of the website where there are multiple panels throughout the day on various topics such as politics, sports, the economy, entertainment and education. There have various guests ranging from professors, politicians, civil workers, etc who give their opinion and expert advice. They pick their panelists based on their relevance to the topic at hand. For instance if the topic is about people who are graduating and not being able to find job they might have a guy who has an engineering degree working at Starbucks on a Google hangout while he’s at work.
Yesterday the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed (along with 2 other Americans) in a terrorist attack on a U.S. Consulate. While I had some down time I logged onto Huffpost and came across an interesting conversation about how Islam is viewed in this country. As I read the live interactive chat room a comment stick out to me.
Islam is a cancer. As evidenced by this incident.
This comment is so ignorant. Yes the people who bombed the consulate were Islamic extremists but you simply cannot blame the actions of a few individuals on an entire religious sect. Islam is a prominent religion worldwide and to denounce it in such a way is cretinous.
Whatever happened to tolerance? In a country where the Constitution is revered you would think freedom of religion would mean a little more to people. The actions of extremists must not go unpunished which is why I commend the dispatch of two warships to the coats of Libya.
If we were to blame the religion of every extremist on their acts then we would have been burning Bibles after Timothy Mcveigh blew up that building in Oklahoma City. We didn’t because most Americans see the world through rose colored glasses where the only religion that matters is Christianity. We rebuff anything that is remotely different from us. We scoff at the notion that anyone doesn’t like America as if that’s impossible.
I love America just as much as anyone else. I’m afforded freedoms here that I would be able to enjoy few other places in the world. What I don’t like is intolerance towards others. I expect more from people. I know that expectation will lead to disappointment but that’s just the way I’m wired.