Just In Case: Things That Shouldn’t Need To Be Said

I love America. I love the fact that for my wife’s birthday, we (two European-Americans) can go to an Indian restaurant for the buffet, which also serves LoMein (mis-spelled, but there nonetheless).  We got to watch the Indian boy next to us ask if he could –after his parents reminded him to say please — say “Could I please get one of the lollipops” in the same impetuous way that my 8 year old daughter can.  And in the middle of this, CNN came on and talked about the apparently Islamic psychiatrist who shot the military people in Texas and a Christian man who tried to send him roses .

My wife and I talked about a Muslim girl/woman in my class and how she didn’t seem to believe that all Muslims were terrorists. I have noted that she doesn’t seem to carry any weapons.  She has no machine guns in her backpack, no machetes in her head covering, no hand grenades attached to her notebook.   Because of her lack of weapons and lack of violence, by definition, I am happy to report that not all people of the Islamic faith are terrorists or a threat.

In other news, just in case you hear otherwise, I thought I’d point out that:

Not all Christians are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  Buddhists are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  Taoists are terrorists or a threat.

Not all Pagans are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  Jews are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  are atheists are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  African-Americans are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  Japanese-Americans are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  Caucasians are terrorists or a threat.

Not all Asians are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  Latinos are terrorists or a threat.

Not all North Koreans are terrorists or a threat.

Not all men are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  women are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  children are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  liberals are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  conservatives are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  homosexuals are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  bi-sexuals are terrorists or a threat.

Not all  heterosexuals are terrorists or a threat.

Not all short people are terrorists or a threat.

Not all tall people are terrorists or a threat.

Not all people-of-average-build are terrorists or a threat.

Not all people with mental health issues are terrorists or a threat.

Not all people with physical health issues are terrorists or a threat.

Not all poor people are terrorists or a threat.

Not all rich people are terrorists or a threat.

Not all middle-class people are terrorists or a threat.

Not all people in power are terrorists or a threat.

Not all people at the margins of society are terrorists or a threat.

Not all blind people are terrorists or a threat.

Not all sighted people are terrorists or a threat.

I’m sure I’ve missed somebody, but let me just say that — as far as I can tell —  you can fill in the blank in the sentence “Not all _________ are terrorists or a threat”, with one notable exceptions.  All terrorists are terrorists and a threat.

Surely, one or two members of the above groups are terrorists and a threat, but those people are few and far between. Each of us, on occasion, might think otherwise due to some tragedy or another, then we become sane again.  It is insane to think  (with the one notable exception above) that all members of any group of people are a threat in anyway.  The joys of living in a society with a variety of people far outweigh the challenges of having them there.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog…

Peace,

John

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