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Stand together as Americans

Published 5:06pm Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dear Editor,
Thanks for printing my previous letters. I am trying to share my concern about Islam because their goal is world dominance.
That isn’t an exaggeration! It is the fastest growing political and legal system in the world and expansion alone is not the only issue.
Destroying nations, it’s legal system, religions, culture and monuments is part of their agenda. Subversive activity is being used more frequently as Muslims increase in sophistication at injecting themselves into host societies rather than terrorism.
In Europe, as the number of immigrants increase and finally reach a critical balance, usually 4-5 percent of the population, they begin to make demands without the reasonable attitude that is used when they are few and politically weak in a new country. Then when the citizens of the host country realize what is happening and begin to push back, they are called racist and bigots.
All nations have had their share of racism but, now that social awareness has increased the ‘racist’ and ‘bigot’ pejorative is a real show stopper and one that most people try to avoid.
Just reporting what is in the Koran and Sunna can be offensive to Muslims as most have not read the Koran for themselves as it is required to be read in classical Arabic. To people accustomed to having freedom of speech and press, this name calling is unjust, but sensitivity to minorities makes us and news media hold our tongue.
If the host citizens try to remove some of the privileges that the Muslims have won, such as rooms for prayer or halal food, the Muslims usually riot. (These are political demands not religious demands.) Destroying property and killing is not barred.
As I have said before, this is JIHAD and just the threat of a riot has been quite effective in the UK and Netherlands to make them back down on enforcing their laws. Everyone in the US needs to examine our motives for our actions and words and if racist we need to give some serious thought to how these feelings developed and how they can be reduced.
If we are not motivated by racism and bigotry, we need to take up for ourselves and insist on a fair and reasonable response. Giving into the Muslims will eventually mean the loss of the Constitution and Sharia law installed in its place, as one demand from Muslims leads to another and another.
The United States will soon become a Muslim country if we continue with this mentality. We have to replace our submissive, hangdog behavior so that we can save our country. Self loathing has become a national pass time and has never been deserved, but is used to cause guilt feelings to destroy pride in our accomplishments.
Being called racist and bigots is emotionally and intellectually on the same level as name calling on the playground. I think most people have tried to examine their feelings and remove racist language and behavior and until the recent past it looked as though we had made a lot of progress on this issue.
This is now spilling over onto our relations with the Muslims. We will recover the ground lost with race relations, but our reaction to the Muslims is dangerous and can have far-reaching effects that may never be reversed. Our relations with all citizens, black, brown, white, and yellow need to be repaired on the double so that we, as a solid front, can defend our nation.
Many Muslims don’t value education, or technological advancement, especially for women, outside of studying the Koran. Our technology is an accomplishment we can be proud of and is certainly worth preserving. Their view of other religions is the same for all, not a legitimate religion and should be replaced with Islam.
The divisiveness now running rampant through the nation is destructive culturally, educationally, religiously, and is dividing communities so that we are unprepared for emergencies when they occur.
We are divided into Us and Them instead of standing together as WE AMERICANS to study and correct the problems we face in education, immigration, defending our Constitution, and the Christian religion.
If Muslims want to come here they need to be willing to abide by our laws and we need to unite to be sure that they do. If churches will encourage cohesiveness and support all people, and especially encourage youth to learn to be responsible for themselves, we may have an even chance at national survival. We can surely make more progress in solving our problems if we work together.
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

Sherry Sellers
Alexander City

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    It seems that the Sellers family believes they have figured out what America is all about and have decided it is their job to be the voice of what they see as “reason” in this day and time. But I also know that there are good, intelligent and fair folks in Alex City who react with more compassion and understanding – and have a better grasp of history and truth. After reading a lot of postings from both Sherry and Billy Sellers on here (and the comments of like-minded citizens and a few dissenters), I am reminded that there are those other folks out there that will accept for fact almost anything said by a person with a title, whether that title be Rev. or Dr. or whatever.

    There seems to be a line of thought that continues through many of these statements that infer that this country was founded as a Christian nation. That is simply not the case. While most of the founding fathers were Christian, their belief systems were vastly different. Among this group were deists as well as anti-clerical Christians such as Franklin. Many were slave owners. We tend to revere these people, as we should, but in that we often forget that they were, just as we are, flawed humans. They had, however, seen the problems that can come from an unhealthy relationship between government and religion and tried to find an answer. They were good and noble people, but at the end of the day, they are no different than any of us. For anyone, including myself, to try to definitively state what those men would say in response to what is happening in the world today is not only folly, but it is manipulation.

    But, true to some of those who settled in what is now the United States, it would seem that the Sellers and others would like to return to days where it is the norm to embrace very narrow religious and political views and to persecute those who don’t fall into step. The Puritans are well documented in their persecution of the Quakers, in fact even hanging Mary Dyer because of her association with the Quakers. When Lord Baltimore drafted the Maryland Toleration Act, it was the first application of freedom of religion to a governing body. But, later it was repealed by those Protestants who wanted to make sure Catholics could not practice their faith. Roger Williams spoke eloquently for the separation of church and state. The First Amendment states the case, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” and, the move toward religious freedom found a lasting footing.

    Just to be clear. It is freedom of RELIGION. Not freedom of CHRISTIANITY.

    I am happy that we live in a place where people can live, worship (or not), speak and believe what they wish. I am pleased that people such as Sherry and Billy Sellers take advantage of this freedom. But, it is our responsibility as citizens and as thinking adults to NEVER take anything at face value. And, just because someone holds a position that society places on a lofty pedestal, their words are no more valuable than those of the homeless person living in an alleyway.

    Sometimes it is wise to step back from the emotions of the times we live in and juxtapose this time against other times. I certainly have no authority other than that of any of you – and my words hold no value greater than those of the Sellers’ or anyone else. But, before we jump on the bandwagon that finds some justification for religious bigotry, isolationism of people because of their beliefs, or creating a separate system to “control” those who do not believe as we do (seems there might be something in our Southern history that is applicable here) we should step back and look at things through the eyes of history and the eyes of reason.

    When Ms. Sellers says, “We are divided into Us and Them instead of standing together as WE AMERICANS to study and correct the problems we face in education, immigration, defending our Constitution, and the Christian religion” she, by her own words, excludes anyone who is not Christian from the statement “WE AMERICANS”. Please, let’s be smart enough not to go down this road. Because, I can’t see anything different from this and what Ms. Sellers speaks of in her generalization of Muslims: “Their view of other religions is the same for all, not a legitimate religion and should be replaced with Islam.” Isn’t this what SHE is saying, except about Christianity?

    I say it again. It’s freedom of religion.

    While I certainly applaud their right to these opinions, it is incredibly frightening to think that in this day and age there are people preaching this radical point of view and gaining an audience. The days of segregation, McCarthyism, and internment camps were not that long ago. But, apparently the type of thinking that allowed those institutions to flourish is alive and well today.

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