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Lost Humanity

In the wake of horrific natural disasters, people having lost more than their homes, and freedom revolutions, it amazes me that there are still those who can find the time to discriminate and prejudge.

May 1, 2011 marked an infamous day for the Obama administration and the arousal of what unmistakably seems as the demise of humanity, at least in my opinion.

The Obama administration carried out an operation that accomplished a mission that was set nearly ten years ago: vengeance against the Taliban by the death of Osama bin Laden.

The aftermath of that operation is something rather disturbing. People took to the streets in celebration. I can’t say that this isn’t understandable, but the underlying notion is sickening: the commemoration of a killing.

How we treat our most unwanted person is a reflection of who we are as a society. And I stand firmly behind this statement.

Festivities aside, I thought that once the shock surpassed, people would go back to being humane. I’m sure these celebrations were derived more from the relief that a mass-murderer was no longer roaming the streets or in hiding.

What disturbs me most about the aftermath of the killing of bin Laden is the fear, tension, anger and discrimination it has revived against the Islamic community.  Muslims being targeted strictly based on their faith and the practice of that faith. Being removed from airplanes or not even allowed to board because of misplaced ‘uncomfort’, for lack of a better word.

What is shocking is that people, to this day, do not understand that Islam, just like all faiths, is a peaceful religion. No matter how many times it is reiterated, people seem to associate the Muslim faith with terrorism and hatred.

We did not condemn Christianity or the white man for Timothy McVeigh’s Oklahoma City Bombing. Or most recently, Jared Loughner’s slaying of six American citizens, including a nine year old girl.

What other religion is viewed with such hatred? Such misconception? What other race is discriminated against on the basis of their faith?

Yet even now, in the 21st century, with thriving technology, endless educational opportunities and intermixed faiths and relationships, people can still find it in themselves to hate and discriminate, but they can’t seem to look deep enough within themselves to realize and understand.

What is happening to humanity? What are we teaching our youth? I thought we were supposed to be progressing.

-LJA

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