So, the reanimated corpse of Ann Coulter doesn’t care what the Boston bomber’s wife knew or didn’t know. She says, “She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab.”
What. The. Fuck?
Wait, wait—coulter says she was only joking. Well, that makes everything all right. Thank goodness.
I hate getting political on this blog. (I hate getting political, period.) But, seriously? How do FOX® News fanatics digest this shit? “They’re out to get us! Muslims! Liberals! They want to steal our freedom! Hide your guns! Run for your lives!”
I’m not stupid. I know how right-wingers look at a young, Obama-voting, Daily Show-watching left-winger like myself. They wonder how I can digest this shit: “They’re out to get us! Christians! Conservatives! They want to steal our uteruses! Hide your gays! Run for your lives!”
Truth is, it’s all pretty hard to swallow.
But, I’ll take Jon Stewart over Ann fucking Coulter, any day of the week. I just can’t wrap my head around (most of) the right wing’s flat-out hatred of Muslims. They want to see Islam wiped off the face of the earth—or, at the very least, outlawed in the United States. (Nevermind freedom of religion.) How the fuck do you say a Muslim woman should be arrested for wearing a hijab? That’s no different than saying a Jewish man should be arrest for wearing a yarmulke. Or a Catholic nun for wearing a habit. What’s next? Separate bathrooms and drinking fountains for Muslims? No-Muslims-allowed deli counters and public swimming pools?
“Muslims want to destroy America!”
Really? Think about it, people. There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. That’s almost 25% of the world’s population. If they really wanted us dead, we’d be dead by now. Truth is in this tweet:Amen, sister.
This is touchy subject, for me, personally, since a few people who are very close to me—and to my son—are die-hard FOX® fans. It is what it is. I keep politics away from Oskar, and I hope they do, too. If I ever, ever hear Oskar say Muslim like it’s a bad word—or worse, say something absolutely detestable, like rag-head or camel jockey—well, shit. I don’t know what I’ll do. I just know that a little more of my faith in humanity will have slipped away.
The only thing Oskar truly hates, as of this moment, is getting his face washed. If this world or anyone in it puts even one hateful thought about another human being in his head, I quit. Yes, the world definitely sucks, and he’s going to find that out, sooner or later. But, I’d rather it be later. And I want him to find it out on his own. In his own way.
“Can’t we all just get along?” is a stupid question. Because the answer is obviously and unfortunately, “No.” But, for my happy little toddler’s sake, I’m willing to pretend we’re still trying. Actually, if everyone pretended—who knows?
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