Dec 12 2014

I Don’t Hate Muslims, Just Islam


By Will Coley

“I don’t hate Muslims, just Islam”. It’s a familiar trope heard on radio, and seen often in social media. The bigot’s defense of their hatred, thinly veiled as disdain for ideology, rather than people.

Growing up in the south east, i heard similar tropes from local racists growing up. “I don’t ‘hate’ black people, I just don’t like niggers”, or ” I got no problem with Mexicans, it’s those wetback border jumpers I don’t like”, and of course they all “have black/mexican friends”.

Unfortunately, the American Muslim community has a new disgusting version of this familiar trope to contend with.

Muslims can not even bury their dead, and grieve in peace in their times of loss.

This week a middle tennessee police officer pulled over a car for a tag violation. The man freely admitted that there was the body of a dead child in the trunk. A child his wife had miscarried, that had been prepared for burial. In respect for the grieving family, and burial traditions the officer sent the family on their way. They had all the proper permits for transporting the body for burial….why wouldn’t he?

Because he was Muslim of course!!!

This benign traffic stop has resulted in a national, visceral reaction from the anti muslim looniverse. What type of hatred and disrespect would compel you to make a time of grief for a family into a national opportunity to push a political agenda? What type of person demands that the body of a man be exhumed, so that you can personally inspect it, while his children grieve over his death? What the hell has happened to Middle Tennessee?

This is THREE time now that Middle Tennessee’s branch of the anti muslim looniverse has disrespected the dead, and attempted to interfere in the grieving of families in the name of their bigotry. They demanded the body of a man who lived in Murfreesboro for 25 years, be exhumed so that they could personally inspect it, while his children still grieved over a grave with loose dirt. Spent thousands of tax payer dollars on a lawsuit attempting to prevent Muslims from having their own graveyard, and now this. Attampting to foment national fear and outrage, while a mother and father attempt to grieve over tragedy of a miscarriage.

Shame on the Rick Womick, Bill Ketron, Judd Mattheny wing of the Tennessee GOP, your hatred and disrespect, even for the dead, is both sickening, and unfortunately expected.

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