Don’t fuel the fire

Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan, U.S. Army (Photo: Foxnews.com) I don’t know what caused him to take the lives of innocents, but I’m sure authorities will examine his faith and his pending deployment to Afghanistan in search of clues.  God bless the victims and their families.

Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan, U.S. Army (Photo: Foxnews.com)
I don’t know what caused him to take the lives of innocents, but I’m sure authorities will examine his faith and his pending deployment to Afghanistan in search of clues. God bless the victims and their families.

My condolences to the men and women at Fort Hood. May God (no matter what name you choose to call Him by,) bless the victims and their families.

Maj Hasan, left, is a Muslim stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is an organization based out of Washington, District of Columbia.

Almost immediately after the news broke about US Army Major Nadil Hasan’s senseless shooting in TEXAS, CAIR rushed to work in D.C., drafting their public statement condemning the incident.

You may ask “Why? CAIR had nothing to do with the attacks, right? They were miles away.”

True, but as a public organization representing Muslims in America, they knew they’d be receiving phone calls about the incident.

A question for Black readers: Have you ever had a White person ask you if you personally knew a certain Black person, even though there is no connection between the two of you, other than the fact that you’re both black?

Chad: “Hi, Darrick.”

Me: Hi, Chad.

Chad: “Hey, you’re Black … Er, uh, I mean, um ‘African-American.’ And you went to college in Denver, right?”

Me: Yeah, I went to college in Denver. And, you’re right … I am Black.

Chad: “Cool! Maybe you know my friend. He’s Black, and he’s from Colorado, too. His name is Tyrone; he went to CSU. He graduated in 2007, and now works as a nurse in a hospital in Greeley. Do you know him? I heard he got arrested the other day.”

Me: Well, I went to Regis Jesuit University in Denver, not Colorado State in Fort Collins; I graduated in 2000, not 2007. I’ve never been to Greeley, and I’m a military public affairs officer, not a nurse. So, um, no … I don’t know your friend, Tyrone.

Chad: “Oh. Well, uh, Why do you think he got arrested the other day?”

A conversation, similar to this, is what CAIR is experiencing right now (although the subject is related to the tragic shootings.) Although there is no connection between CAIR and Hasan, people cling to the closest connection they can find. (In this case, Islam.)

Being Muslim is probably just one of the many demographics that the Major belonged to. We all have multiple categories we can be “generalized” by.

He was a Virginia Tech Alumni, but I didn’t notice a Virginia Tech statement about the incident. Maybe he was a Trekkie, I don’t know … But William Shatner didn’t give his opinion on the shooting. Maybe he liked hamburgers. McDonald’s didn’t release a statement, either. Out of all of the other entities he could possibly be associated with, the one that is the most NEWSWORTHY is his affiliation with Islam.

Why?

Well, Americans don’t fear Virginia Tech, Star Trek or McDonald’s. But some Americans do fear Islam … and CAIR knows it.

I suspect that CAIR’s statement is an attempt to remind people that crazy, mentally unstable, violent people are everywhere, and can be found within every demographic … Within groups of Muslims, Christians, Trekkies and burger connoisseurs, you can find some crazy people who have committed similar horrible offenses.

I’m not defending Hasan’s actions. In fact, they’re atrocious and, like CAIR said, they are unjustifiable under any circumstance or religious belief. But, as the media spins up the fear machine and tries to examine all the possible ways that Muslims are responsible for the destruction of the world, I ask you to not fuel the fire. Crazy people can be found in all faiths, not just Islam.

I can’t speculate on why Hasan did what he did. But, although the underlying reason may have been his personal religious beliefs, I’m guessing the PRIMARY reason this sad event occurred is not because he is Muslim … it is because he is CRAZY.

Although there may be evidence that his religious beliefs were anti-American, and he opposed our involvement in the ‘stan, remember that there are plenty of anti-Americans of other faiths, and lots of people, not just Muslims, that have similar views. Yet, these people manage to get through each day WITHOUT killing innocent people.

My condolences to the men and women at Fort Hood. May God (no matter what name you choose to call Him by,) bless the victims and their families.

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