Friday, October 9, 2015

Check Your Religious Privilege - The Global Rally for Humanity & Islamophobia

The air is thick with anti Islam hate & I am not a happy camper about it. The Global Rally for Humanity is on the same day as the Million Man March which is tomorrow. The #JusticeOrElse event will take place tomorrow in Washington D.C. (wishing I could afford to be there) and given all that has happened with the movement for Black lives to matter, this event is important. But, there are those who feel the need to assert their Christian & White privilege and want to have an event wrapped in xenophobia, ethnocentrism and racism. The claim that the Justice or Else  - Million Man March is the impetus for these rallies, given that the event organizer is Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Of the announced events, except for the D.C. rally, many are taking place at or near mosques and community centers unaffiliated with the Nation of Islam or the march itself.

October 10th, radical Imam Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam will be in DC preaching their anti-American hate. We’ve got about 3000 patriots going to DC to defend old glory, but those of us who can’t make it to DC are rallying up locally, at a mosque funded by American taxpayers against our will. Murfreesboro, TN. Time to let our voices be heard, Islamists are NOT going to destroy America!!” - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, event page

Here is a video the haters posted on Youtube:

Christian privilege - is the system of advantages bestowed upon Christians in some societies. This system arises out of the presumption that the belief in Christianity is a social norm, leading to the exclusion of the nonreligious and members of other religions through institutional religious discrimination. Christian privilege can also lead to the neglect of outsiders' cultural heritage and religious practices.

Religious discrimination - is valuing or treating a person or group differently because of what they do or do not believe. Specifically, it is when adherents of different religions (or denominations) are treated unequally, either before the law or in institutional settings such as employment or housing.

Ethnocentrism - is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion.

Racism - the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

Xenophobia - intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

White privilege (or white skin privilege) - is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in Western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

Now here is a video from #JusticeOrElse:

Let me be Clear, these are not normal protests! Protesters will be armed and are planning,  as I stated earlier to gather outside mosques (at least 20 and at the March On Washington) in various locations around the United States. The protests are inspired by and are clearly the idea of  Phoenix anti-Muslim activist Jon Ritzheimer who has done something like this before, only on a much smaller scale.

Instead of me telling you what he is like here is an interview he gave to Anderson Cooper on CNN:

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

I’m going to tell everybody to utilize your Second Amendment [rights] in case we come under that much anticipated attack," he said. Ritzheimer never explained who he thought might attack them.

Angry rants promote rally, but deny ownership
Two days after posting a video announcing the protest, he posted another video disavowing any responsibility for the protests, saying he was not the “mastermind” – “No, I cannot take credit for such a wonderful rally” – but that he was avidly supporting it anyway. He punctuated that video by holding up a copy of the Koran and shooting it with a pistol.

In late August he posted another video that once again promoted the protest and attacked Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who will be leading a protest Saturday in Washington D.C. Ritzheimer warned him not to carry out a purported plan to take down the American flag at the White House.

"Just know that we III Percent, we militiamen are standing at the ready across our nation,” he said. “And when you strike, we will strike back. We will level and demolish every mosque across this country."

Hopefully, like his first attempt at hate, this effort will fail. Just in case it does not fail, be vigilant, be safe and shout one voice #BLACKLIVESMATTER, because it is OUR BLACK & BROWN BODIES UNDER ATTACK, in every way possible.

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