"Participate in Muslim Day Parade in NYC" "Apparently some bigots are continuing on this dehumanization campaign trying to imply that this event is violent. In reality it is a day of family fun, games, contests, and lectures."
What monster could be against something so wholesome?
The next paragraph tells more about this upcoming celebration of diversity and tolerance.
"The New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called upon Muslims and all New Yorkers who support diversity, tolerance, and harmony to participate in the 22nd United American Muslim Day Parade scheduled for Sunday, September 9th. The parade aims to bring together various ethnic and religious communities in promoting a better understanding of Islam and fostering interfaith cooperation despite misleading campaigns against it on Islamophobic websites."
The paragraph appears to be quoted from a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) news release - except for The last phrase, "despite misleading campaigns against it on Islamophobic websites." So far, I can only find that phrase on the "Jihad of Umar" page.
[UPDATE, October 1, 2007 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been revised since this post: the above link now is redirected to the CAIR home page.]
One of the "Islamophobic" websites seems to be "Muslim-American Day Parade in NYC Celebrates 9/11 / UPDATE: Attend Muslim Day Parade Counter Rallies Sept.9, 2007 NYC." This is the most hate-filled, Islamphobic, bigoted statement I could find on the page:
"So why is this parade being held on September 9?
"I, for one, am not about to stand together with those who subscribe to an expansionist, totalitarian, enemy ideology that is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and with the survival of our way of life. And if Bloomberg had any sense, neither would he!"
Apparently, the website is Bloombergophobic, too.
Compare this to the open-minded and tolerant CAIR statement:
"'The rhetorical attacks on the parade are clearly an attempt to demonize and marginalize the American Muslim community,' said CAIR-NY President Omar Mohammedi, Esq. 'Our city prides itself on its diversity. Such bigoted attacks should not be tolerated.'"
As a Dilbert character said, several years ago, about "diversity:" 'de more you have, di verse it gets.' (I've enjoyed living in places where people whose ancestors came from different places, who had different beliefs, and whose home language wasn't necessarily English: but that obviously isn't what "diversity" means, these days.)
Back to the parade.
I understand that CAIR and company had been holding their parade and social bash for several years, before their fellow-Muslims ran two airliners into the New York Trade Center's Twin Towers.
I suppose it is bigoted, in the current sense of the word, to not feel good about CAIR and the merry Muslims carrying on with the parade, despite the thousands of people who were burned, crushed, or sprayed over New York City as Muslims brought down the World Trade Center.
Of course, if crazed Christians had killed thousands of people, and a Christian group carried on with a 'tolerate us!' parade timed to go off two days from the outrage's anniversary, that would be an entirely different matter.
Posts on this general topic:
- Celebrate Today, or You're a Bigot!
(September 9, 2007)
- If You Hear Someone Speaking Arabic, GET A GRIP
(September 1, 2007)
- Beware Hate: From Any Side
(August 28, 2007)
- Special Consideration Doesn't Help
(August 27, 2007)
- Jihad Rehab
(August 22, 2007)
- Muslims Are Not All Alike
(August 19, 2007)
- More about "Yeh Hum Naheen" / "This is Not Us"
(August 9, 2007)
- Saudi Arabia: Non-Islamic Religious Items Verboten
(August 9, 2007)
- Moderate Muslim Video from Pakistan: Very Good News
(August 7, 2007)
- Rep. Ellison's Misconstrued Reichstag Remarks
(July 17, 2007)
- There's a New Loon in Minnesota
(July 16, 2007)
- Another Islamic Voice in the Debate
(July 16, 2007)
- "Islam is a Peaceful Religion" 2
(July 15, 2007)
- "Islam is a Peaceful Religion"
(July 6, 2007)