Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Man of Color Threatened by Anti-Muslim Ground Zero Protesters

     Here's an example of the "American values" espoused by Christians on the far right, who are protesting the proposed building of an Islamic center a few blocks away from Ground Zero.  These values include intolerance, suspicion, threats of violence, racism, and hatred.  "Praise the lord and pass the ammunition," indeed.

     A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who's name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.
     The video is embedded below (also here).  After Kenny is nearly beaten up and is escorted away, the video catches numerous racist comments by folks in the crowd.  How does it honor those lost in 9/11 to espouse the zenophobic, hateful, and racist views of those that executed the attack?  

     Mainstream Christian leaders are supposedly in favor of religious freedom and tolerance.  They supposedly support the building of the mosque.  Why aren't they flooding the news media with condemnations of the Tea Party's racism and hatred?  Have they lost their prophetic balls?  
     He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord [sic] require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God [sic]?  --Micah 6:8
     Thus says the Lord [sic] of hosts: Render true judgment, and show kindness and compassion toward each other. Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the alien or the poor; do not plot evil against one another in your hearts. But they refused to listen; they stubbornly turned their backs and stopped their ears so as not to hear. And they made their hearts diamondhard so as not to hear the teaching and the message that the Lord [sic] of hosts had sent by his spirit through the former prophets. --Zechariah 7:9-12
Here is video evidence of "diamondhard" hearts.