Sunday, October 12, 2008

Being Patriotic

Being a great lover of books, it is rare that I see a movie before reading the book. But such was the case with The Kite Runner. I have watched the movie twice and loved it. I will now buy the book, especially after reading an enlightened article written by its author, Kaled Hosseini.

The article, "McCain and Palin are Playing with Fire" appeared in the Washington Post today. Hosseini speaks clearly of the dangerous rhetoric and writes of the hypocrisy of the McCain campaign with it’s "country first" slogan. Inciting violence and causing division among citizens is not putting "country first."

What about the many patriotic Muslim Americans? Surely the rhetoric which incited rally crowds must have offended many patriotic Muslim Americans. This causes division among the citizens of our country. We are the people. America is us. Is this the kind of America we want to become?

The article is worth reading. Click the title above.

4 comments:

- A - C - said...

Thank you for signaling this article. I couldn't agree more.

A.

judith ellis said...

You're welcomed, -a-c-. I thought it was important coming from a Muslim American, one with a voice of reason, undoubtedly like countless of other Muslims. A dear friend and poet extraordinare, Naomi Shihab Nye's 106 year old grandmother was a Muslim from where she called Palestine who taught my friend of love without even speaking the same language. Being duly impressed with the facts and tone of the article, I will have to drop Mr. Hosseini a note of thanks.

- A - C - said...

ehh... dear dear Judith, after watching some videos interviewing a couple of strong republican supporters who declared themselves Christians, I would like to remind those "christians" that Jesus was a palestinian, and he surely wasn't blond and with pale skin.

This campaign is taking on a weird road recently. And many here are still saying that skin color will play a role eventually. poor America...

thank you for your previous answer.
A.

judith ellis said...

We must be assured that bigotry and ignorance will not prevail. Together we must fight as never before in myriad of ways. Together we must speak in love. Together we must speak truth to ignorance. Together we must persist. Together we must prevail. Together we must not lose heart. Together we must not be overcome with divisive hateful speech but overcome such speech with love and truth; this is good. Together we win!