Posted Friday, October 5, 2007 9:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A Florida-based group called Americans Against Hate plans to protest a Muslim Family Day at Six Flags Over Texas later this month because it says the Islamic organization sponsoring the event supports terrorism. Local Muslims called the accusation a lie.
Read more from WFAA/Dallas-Ft. Worth.
Really, I like your views. At the same time, people will portray harmless objectives to the media but in the big picture a lot of people will have problems having that many Muslims in one place.
I can see where certain organizations arise suspicion and though I do not agree with the "big picture" of it, I see the protesting party's point of view.
I like your argument with -isms. Categorizing is way too easy now, maybe some people are shocked that Muslims actually go to theme parks.
This (I am guessing) is the justification behind the protesting. Even though I personally believe that it is a religious (a bunch of Muslims gathering in general) protest (in some contexts), there is somewhat of a rationale behind the protest.
The article covering the Family Day:
"Six Flags Over Texas, a Dallas-area amusement park, will be invaded by a radical Muslim organization that has physical ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and financial ties to Hamas. While most patrons of the park come for the games and rides, those involved with this group’s event, Muslim Family Day, may very well have found an original and appealing way to spread anti-Western hatred."
Notice the context, such as the word "invaded" and "radical". Obviously the organization is pretty sure of their objective.
I know...if they would have just called them douch bags...that would have been credible! ;)
There are so many agendas involved in this thread, it gets hard to keep them straight. Too bad the agenda is not objectivity and truth...for all involved!
Also, remember that the greatest and most difficult tolerance is to tolerate the intolerant.
It is hard for people to not get emotional. People will get hurt no matter what happens, so risks are always taken.
And (are you reading and comprehending this Matt?) using the phrase "they all" to describe any group is clearly generalization and frankly it's bigotry. To say "they all bomb abortion clinics" is equivalent to saying "they all have AIDS," "they all own the media," and "they all are too lazy to work but not to breed," and so on.
Everyone knows the implications that follow a statement like that: Catholics are against abortion-- therefore, they hate women, they want to keep people suppressed, they want to tell you how to live your life, they want to take away your rights, etc. It's been repeated enough in a kazillion political campaigns, special interest group propaganda, and in editorials that it isn't necessary to finish the thought any more.
If anyone feels these comments aren't appropriate for this forum, tough. That's what your scroll button is for. I have noticed in several other threads a number of anti-Christian comments. You're entitled to your opinions whatever they are, but once you post them it here, I'm as entitled to jump right in after you, and I will.
I'm not sure Putz really believes what he is saying. I've always said this site was a personality-based endeavor. The minimal thought and flaming language leads me to believe his main goal is to fire up discussion. This makes good business sense while adding little to the way of critical thinking and objective thought discussion.
There are enough willing participants on many sides of different issues (as this thread shows) capable of maintaining interesting and civil discussion. Sometimes it takes an ignition to get it going though...
It's pretty clear that many Catholics have quite a persecution complex (and I'm not making a statement on whether or not that is justified, maybe it is, maybe it isn't) but taking a statement that was clearly meant to illustrate why prejudice based on religious preference is WRONG and turning it into perceived Catholic bashing is just silly and over the top.
The New York Mets during the Summer had various ethnic themed nights (Greek American night, Jewish Americans Night, yada yada yada...)
All that meant was that there was some ethnic themed pre-game entertainment, a few announcements in that night's particular language and some cultural music between innings and a ceremonial first ball by an appropriate community leader.
The rest of the game was business as usual.
This Muslim Night is kind of a non-story - except for the protesters trying to make it one.
PS - I am not from Texas. If I had plans to go to the park that day and I found out about the event a few days before my visit, I wouldn't change my mind about going at all.
PSS - As an elementary school teacher, I have a wide variety of children in my classes. Over the years my children have taught me to judge individuals as individulas and not as a group. Sometimes children know best.
Of course, if the group that organises this day is indeed sponsoring 'terrorism' (which is more than unlikely) I doubt the department of homeland security won't have an eye on them anyway.
*** This post was edited by superman 10/6/2007 1:30:39 PM ***
And for God's sake, I don't hate Catholics, I'm dating one. I was being ironic and sarcastic. Do I need more winks and smileys?
Like I said... the same mistakes, over and over. You'd think from one generation to the next, we'd remember them.
Just another thread that is way off topic to what this site should be about...
F-Ing ROLLER COASTERS!
So what if a bunch of people (50) feel they need to travle 6 states to go be a bunch of whiney babies because another group wants to ride some rides? I think both groups are a JOKE to begin with.
Would this even BE an issue to us if it happened somewhere other that at SF park? Much less any other park? C'mon...
If there is any shred of truth to the accusations that both sides impose on each other, I'm sure big brother has a finger on it and we can all just go on with our happy little lives.
So forget the stupid generalizations that seem to fly around here. No matter how true some may seem. It's a waste of time. You know what they say about opinions and a-holes...
Shut up and get back to mourning the demise of GL. Dummies.
*** This post was edited by WildThingNative 10/6/2007 6:12:47 PM ***