There’s some bad stuff happening in America and in other parts of the world. There is inexplicable violence and horrendous acts of terror. Terrible tragedies such as the recent San Bernardino shootings and the Paris bombings brought about by cold-blooded, deranged killers often evoke responses that play right into the strategies these murderers have devised- to foster fear and hate and more violence. There are politicians and misguided opinion leaders blaming the actions of a few sick and evil beasts on the entire Muslim population of over 1.6 billion people worldwide.
Venom spewing hate mongers and ignorant morons (specially one with weird yellow hair who is running for President of the USA) may have a lot to gain by blaming entire communities and countries for the acts of a few sickos but humanity has a lot to lose. To ban all followers of an entire religion from entering the USA or to make life even worse for Syrian refugees who are fleeing the same enemy as us is stupid, unconscionable and should not be tolerated.
Fortunately, most Americans, and indeed, most sensible and compassionate human beings around the world have opposed the xenophobic, racist and misguided rhetoric being spewed by politicians and their supporters who wants to exploit acts of terror for their own gains. We are on the side of sanity and humanity. Let’s isolate and destroy evil, get to its roots and annihilate it. But also let’s build bridges of understanding and compassion and love. Leaders and civilians around the world have voiced their support of Muslims, including Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. We applaud them. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recently demonstrated what true leadership means by personally welcoming the first batch of Syrian refugees in Canada, and President Obama, whose recent national address made it clear that acts of terror should not be a reason to scapegoat an entire community, are the kinds of mature and compassionate leaders to look up to in these troubled times, not hypocritical, dangerous and blatantly un-American idiots like Donald Trump.
At CMPLT UNKNWN we embrace diversity in all its shapes and manifestations. We are on the side of peace, tolerance, compassion and generosity. Muslims are welcome in our space, as are all other peace-loving folks whether they belong to Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. Let there be love!
CMPLT UNKNWN’s Berit Gilma poses in front of a love poem by the celebrated Muslim poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.