Yes, people have a right to protest. Yes, people also have a right to worship (which by the way, is the First Amendment in the constitution, and I like to think that's more important than the Second :P ) But seriously, was this really necessary? Did these people really think that intimidating people during their worship would actually achieve something? I guess the point really was to tell them, "Go back to your country!" when I'm sure most of the Muslims were American. And even if they weren't, show some respect. Can you imagine if a group of gun-toting Muslims stood in front of a church and chanted "Fuck Christianity"? I wouldn't even want to think about what would happen.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Freedom and the Price of Hate
On May 29th, it appears several hundred gun-toting individuals in Phoenix, Arizona thought the best way to express their anger was to stand in front of a mosque during Friday prayers.
The anger, they said, was toward "Islam" for being violent. The irony here is palpable. What they wanted to do was have a "Draw Muhammad" contest in front of the mosque in order to provoke Muslims in the mosque to come and show their supposed "true colors."
What's weird to me is that these "protesters" were showing immediately how violent they were without even being provoked. Is surrounding a place of worship with weapons how you want to represent yourself? Do you think that Jesus would have wanted that? It's easy to pick and choose quotes from religious texts in order to justify your behavior, but clearly no one in that crowd read Matthew 22: 36-40: