If you were a Muslim…

What if people were looking at you with suspicion. You know what they’re thinking. You’re a terrorist. Or one to be. They can tell by your looks, even if you sometimes are a Sikh from India. They know. In fact, they often know you better than you do.

You are probably a criminal. The last thing you printed was probably a bomb making manual. Oh yes, the people around you can tell. Have you been to a hard ware store lately?How many AK’s do you have in the closet?

They sometimes asks you to go home to your country. Even if you were born here. Even if there never were another country. Even if this is your country that you proudly serve – you don’t belong.

Your religion teach hatred. Every now and then a Christian approaches with the truth. And you learn that they see you as a threat. Christianity is so much better. That you’ll understand when they praise the second amendment.

As you approach the security at an airport, did you budget for several hours of vetting? By now you must know that they use “inexperienced” personnel, that regrettably makes mistakes for hours. Well, if it comes out, that is.


Who ever you are reading this, no matter whom you’ve voted for or what ever religion you represent – don’t make people suffer. Don’t think your life, beliefs or politicians matters more. Stay human. Be an equal.

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Throwing rocks and bibles into a mosque?

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Last time I checked Christianity was about respect, love and compassion. The gospels emphases this over and over again. And I have read it in three languages and one of them is the original Greek language called koiné. So, explain to me why you would like to throw bibles into a mosque? And then stones?

As for bible throwing, if you want to get rid of your bible, pass it to someone that will find it useful. And just maybe you should consider using it yourself. There’s quite a bit to learn about respecting others. Treat good books with a bit of respect. That’s my personal wish.

Throwing stones is a bit more evil-minded. Break glass and make people uncomfortable and insecure is surely illegal even in Fort Collins, Colorado. You are an embarrassment to every true christian.

If you recognize yourself in the mirror of the glass – be ashamed. Do not involve religion in your twisted mind.

Islamophobia

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There are two types of fear, rational and irrational fear. I have two irrational fears.  I’m not too keen about spiders or heights. For some reason I’m not afraid of Muslims. I don’t have Islamophobia. It’s great. Irrational fears is some kind of a test in itself. Who needs it?

So far I have not come across rational Islamophobia.  (Rational fear, by the way, is what you would feel when facing a bear, realizing your brakes don’t work on the highway and imminent things like that.) Islamophobia is not rational at all. But it is possible to build up irrational fear, and create things to be afraid of. Just like the bonfire stories youth like to tell. It often starts in small groups. Among family, neighbors and friends.

So if you manage to build up Islamophobia, you have achieved two things. You have created something you don’t really want. And if acting out, you have started to hurt people around you.

The words hurt. The posts in social media hurts. The YouTube films hurt. The epithets screamed at schoolyards hurt. Because yes, children are very quick to learn, and they are taught hatred. The more of this that Muslims have to face in their daily life, the more they are likely to turn extreme. To find a way to respond to oppression.That’s how it works.

If you come by a Muslim that you think is not integrated – you got half the responsibility.

It comes to my mind that when I was living in a country where I couldn’t understand the language, I didn’t know people but every time I walked the dirt road to run an errand it took hours. Because all the neighbors invited me, wanted me to eat, share a few moments and that is how a learned their language. It started in gardens. I learned the names of the fruit. There’s riches to be discovered. And I hope you find yours.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so tired of the Hijab discussions

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It’s silly. Politicians should be concerned about their peoples welfare and well being. Not what they wear on their heads. I really don’t want to pay for politicians not doing their job.

 

Private employers may bar staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain conditions, the European Union’s top court ruled on Tuesday.

Since I’ve worked a great deal with security I do understand that niqab and burkha is difficult under some circumstances. But hijab? Restrictions is about oppressing the religion. Nothing else. It’s dealing with fear in the most childish way. Fear of ancient ruling is punished by intervening in how people dress.

How about solving the problems? Learn about the problem and then solve it. Period!

Our Emigration to America

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In the 19:th century there was a few years of no rain. The farmers begun to starve. No harvest and dead animals. Desperate time caused desperate measures. 20% of the total population emigrated from Sweden – to America. Similar stories all over Europe built America. Most Americans have a history of emigration. Well, everyone but the natives actually. Donald Trumps ancestors, for example, were expelled from Germany.

But you never know when it’s time to run. The melting north pole will probably make Americans run with a ladder when the ice melts. If that wall will be built.

 

Defeat terrorism or becoming one?

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The Kanda, Sikh symbol

Terror according to Google: extreme fear, dread, horror, fear and trembling, fright, trepidation, alarm, panic, shock


A Sikh man shot in Kent, Washington. The shooter shouted “Go home to your country!”, as he worked on his car on his own drive way. Last week in Kansas a India man was shot dead and another one injured. Same shouting – the go-home rant.

Tombstones knocked over in three states.

Over 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish Community Centers.

There’s a secondary crime in all this. The terrorists causing this also causes extreme fear, dread, horror, fear and trembling, fright, trepidation, alarm, panic, shock to a lot of people. In my opinion they’re just as bad as any terrorist organization.

Who are these terrorists in America? Well, I think it’s people that doesn’t appreciate the laws. Chaos seems to be okay. Random shootings with racist epithets. I don’t expect the officials to understand the seriousness and that this undermines the democracy. But hopefully the people will.

I’m, once again, sorry that a innocent man were shot. I hope he recovers and can return safely to his family.

The Iraqi man and his dream

I was driving an Iraqi man to his doctors appointment. While driving through the forest he told me how beautiful Sweden is. We talked a little about Sweden and suddenly he tells me the story of how he decided to come and live in Sweden.

He dreamed of peace for his family but it was nowhere to be seen. So, whenever he could, he started search the internet for a place to go. He had two criteria; It must be far away and have no war. He looked at maps, studied information and there it was – Sweden.

“Did you know, he said, Sweden didn’t have a war for two hundred years.” This really excited him. And at the end of the ride he concluded, with a smile, that the beauty of Sweden is a bonus. The main goals were reached: Far, far away from Iraq and no war.

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