By A Khokar
There are some who are using the occasion of 9/11 to inflame anti-Muslim sentiment in the western world, using dangerous rhetoric for petty political gain.
Leading up to September 11th, messages of hate are intensifying. Western leaders are seen choosing to remain silent on the subject. Instead of remembering the loss with an affirmation of national unity and confidence, some politicians are eager to exploit the tragedy of 9/11 to score political points.
The fear mongers rallying against the “Ground Zero Mosque” in Manhattan are missing the point as the messages of hatred get nowhere. In fact, they hurt us all.
This is no longer only about an Islamic centre in Manhattan – there are anti-mosque rallies taking place around the United States, and even reports of arson and gun shots at a mosque in Tennessee. The Internet is filled with hatred, and a Florida Gainesville church with “Islam is of the devil” signs in its front lawn plans … an “International Burn A Quran Day,” on the ninth anniversary of the Sept 11…
Right now, every American is faced with a choice: support the wave of religious intolerance, sit on the sidelines and say nothing, or stand up for the fundamental principles that have made USA a great country great offering religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.
All who have stayed at forefront and took the lead in defending tolerance and freedom of religion in the past – could make a difference by speaking out now.
Pakistan is a country which is already in a state of anarchy and turmoil; All Pakistanis are required to take a route of restrain; specially the religious group and should not start attacking the Christian minorities Churches and other worship places.