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By the way, I DO divide the world into "good guys" and "bad guys". [Aug. 19th, 2010|05:52 pm]
Xiphias Gladius
Just so you know: if you're against the building of an Islamic community center in Downtown Manhattan, you're one of the bad guys.

If you are saying, "well, sure, they have the LEGAL right to do it, but by putting it there, they're just being provocative," then you may not be particularly evil yourself, but you're intimidated by the evil people into being one of their henchmen. People doing completely normal things like building community centers aren't being provocative. The people who you are afraid they will provoke? Those are the bad guys. And if you are saying that they should modify their behaviors to do what the bad guys want, then you are saying that you support the bad guys.

And that means that you're one of the bad guys.

And THAT means that I find you a danger to me, personally. I'm Jewish. Right now, Jews are mostly considered more or less white. But that could change. And the second it does, people will start saying things like, "Well, sure, they COULD build a synagogue there, but wouldn't that just be asking for trouble?"

Everything that people are saying about the downtown Manhattan community center, I just automatically hear people saying that about something that I might want to do someday. If you're against them, then you're against me, and you're also against justice, freedom, and every ideal that this country stands for.

Just so we're clear on that.
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[User Picture]From: pixelfish
2010-09-15 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I don't get. Folks saying, Well, they should built it further away....but when you ask them where they think that is, it's always weirdly untenable distances. My Mormon/right-wing-inclined family has said stuff like, well, not in New York proper, or maybe a few miles away would be better...and I want to head-desk and say, "You're asking people who live in a particular community to build their community center OUTSIDE the community? AWAY from the community?" They don't seem to get that they're making pronouncements about an existing community wanting to erect a space they can easily access.
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