First of all - I love what I do, and I love the industry I work in. I love writing, I love media relations, I love sharing messages with the masses. But sometimes we give exposure to idiots - then even less educated people get the wrong idea about us.
What am I talking about? Let's see if I can explain myself.
I am ticked off. You guys know I am married to Muslim. He is a good man - and I have asked his opinion about this man in Florida who claims to be a "preacher" at a nondenominational church - who is organizing "Burn a Quran Day." Now - there are not that many people that go to that church... in the grand scheme of the population of the states. Of course, this story got some national attention. Most people I have talked to think this guy is basically an idiot.
Then I come home from a really long - good day at work. I sit down, open my computer - and then begin reading the blog posts from some of the writers I am following. One post caught my eye by a girl from Pakistan.. Burn a Quran.. I'll have a destruction of US Day. I am so not kidding. Apparently this blog is written by both a young girl and boy from Pakistan. Just read it - and I think the title pretty much says it all.
Basically it went on to say that we love to abuse and kill??!! Americans love to abuse and kill? Ummm.. nope. Don't think so. That we think we are above everyone else? Nope.. we love our country - sorry if you live in a corrupted area and do not feel love and pride for your government.
Just read it..
Of course, I believe in the right to express yourself - and explaining why it is hurtful for someone to suggest burning a sacred book is understandable. But reacting with hate and threatening of violence just PROVES what most Americans try to not say...
My husband is from the middle east - and one of the first things he said to me after living here a little while was that Americans are soooo much nicer than he realized, and that they are peaceful, loving, happy people. Not like the news sources or leaders in the middle east have shown the people in those countries. Unfortunately the government in the middle east is very oppressive and this makes it's citizens uncomfortable and they feel repressed. In turn - they get angry. It is hard to explain why we do what we do over here to a group of people who have never lived with the freedom to think on their own, receive a proper education, read and listen to uncensored media, and discover that the rest of us do not live in an angry state.
Don't judge a people based on the actions of the government.. or a few people. In turn, I cannot judge the country of Pakistan on two young people who wish for the destruction of America or are proud of the Taliban for hurting some of our people.
How sad and ignorant. Pretty much on the same level as the preacher in Florida. Pray for these kids. Hatred fills their hearts - without understanding.