Thursday, 24 August 2017

Rev. Martin Luther King on Countering Hate with Hate

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

We do not put out fire with fire.

Edward R. Murrow on Prejudice

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The American news networks are hardly impartial.  Edward R. Murrow said, “Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.  No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognise them.”  He also said, “No one can terrorise a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”

Isaac Asimov on American Anti-Intellectualism

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Isaac Asimov said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

Muslims & Free Speech

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

All this talk of free speech when Muslims and Islam are insulted is disingenuous.  It is a fact that Muslims are easy targets in places like Europe and the United States.  But why are we in this wretched state?  It is because we do not know how to organise, and how to engage with the non-Muslims, which is particularly important when we are the minority.  And it because we have taken upon ourselves the role of the underdog and are unfamiliar with addressing policymaker and stakeholders.

This state of disenfranchisement delegitimises our leaders and feeds the rhetoric of extremists.  We should learn from the experience of the Jews.  Otherwise, we will learn that lesson through our own Holocaust.  The quote below is from Col. Oliver North.