This is off topic so skip ahead until tomorrow if you want a gym post. Until then, be well and keep those workouts going strong!
A Response to Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Dear Ms. Lynch,
On December 3rd, after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, you spoke at the Muslim Advocates 10th anniversary dinner. During that speech you remarked that your “greatest fear” is the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric.”
You also responded to someone by saying, “The fear that you have just mentioned is in fact my greatest fear as a prosecutor, as someone who is sworn to the protection of all the American people, which is that the rhetoric will be accompanied by acts of violence.”
Acts of violence? Apparently you haven’t noticed where the vast majority of ideologically driven violence between Muslims and non-Muslims is coming from.
It’s telling that you didn’t mention seeing innocent Americans being slaughtered by Islamic fundamentalists in order to fulfill the directives set down in their religious texts and that are being preached over the internet, in certain mosques and taught in various Islamic centers across the country as problematic, but the possible response that might arise out of such attacks is your “greatest fear.” I submit to you, that those internet sites, texts, mosques and centers are a far richer environment in which to find words that inspire violence.
Perhaps you should concentrate some of your attention there.
I’m sure you’re aware of the numerous occasions when non-Muslims have offered philosophical opposition to teachings in Islamic religious texts or counter to Sharia law that have inspired Muslims to threaten or to actually carry out violent acts in America and all across the world; the recent Charlie Hebdo attack and the attempted attack on Pamela Geller, for instance. Examples of this type of violence are far more prevalent than any push-back by non-Muslim Americans.
Maybe it’s reasonable for us to be concerned and to write or talk about it, Ms. Lynch.
The administration you represent told us that Muslims are sensitive and fly into murderous rages when offended. Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Barack Obama elucidated that fact when they explained that the reason for riots and protests all across the Middle East, and the deadly attack on our citizens in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 was because Muslims watched a video they didn’t like. Looking through that lens, all of you would probably be more comfortable if Americans refrained from any discussions of the origin of Islamic terrorism. After all, shining a light on it might cause upstanding, loving Muslims in Anytown, USA to spontaneously morph into coldblooded, vicious killers.
I’m glad you want to protect Muslim, American citizens from violence, Ms. Lynch. You’re right, it’s part of your duty as Attorney General.
I just wish you seemed as anxious to protect the rest of us.