I posted the following link/letter to tumblr a few days ago, via Anjum and Preeti. You should be adding our tumblr feeds to your RSS reader of choice (because we are awesome, clearly), but, in case you neglect to do so, here is the awesomest email ever, in its rocking entirety, written by Karion. All my Rockstar Links & Things are posted over to tumblr these days, but I feel this deserves to be shared here, too – and totally merits a smashing HIGHFIVE.
preetalina: And I say it as a simple American. :)
anjum: That email? Thank you. I say that as an American, & as a Muslim.
Some context: my mother forwarded an email that had the â€œObama is a secret Muslim, look at all his Mulsim friends, also a terrorist in his spare timeâ€ type of crap. I kind of lost my shit and sent the following – as a reply all (everyone in her address book).
Maybe this is difficult to see from your perspective. Let me give it to you from your kids.
This email is bullshit – all of the claims are demonstrably false and all are just a thinly veiled racist slur against Obama. Fifteen minutes of independent research will tell you that. The argument that â€œthis is the other sideâ€ is downright pathetic, for if this is what â€˜the other sideâ€™ has to offer, it is nothing more than racist, hateful, fear-mongering bullshit.
But from our familyâ€™s perspective, it is much worse that you are passing this shit around. You and Dad have lived in Muslim countries for almost all of your 30 years abroad. In that time, you have not been persecuted, harassed, harmed or otherwise molested for being American or being Christian. To the contrary, you have prospered. You have been able to worship in countries that DONâ€™T have a free exercise of religion clause, and you have been able to do that without any harassment. Do you not realize that you have been a foreigner in these countries and been permitted to live as Americans do? With little regard to the local culture and customs and laws?
So when you pass along these utterly bullshit, racist, fear-mongering emails, you are kind of thumbing your nose at all of that and playing into the worst part of our country. You are spreading the â€œfear the Muslimâ€ thing, even though Obama isnâ€™t Muslim and even if he was, you both know better. You have lived it. You have lived with Muslims for nearly three decades. You havenâ€™t been burned at the stake for being Christian. Dad hasnâ€™t lost his job because of an infidel. Your house wasnâ€™t burned down for Christmas lights. You have been privileged to live a Christian life in some of the most Muslim countries in the world and no one has harassed you for it.
Why on earth you cannot take your â€œChristianâ€ message of tolerance and your 30 years of experience and not call bullshit on this type of political rumor is completely beyond me. It is, quite frankly, horrifying. How did your four kids learn this and you didnâ€™t? How did we all learn to independently research and inform ourselves while our parents forward these junk, bullshit emails? How is it that we can all see this for the ignorance that it is, and yet our parents, who are supposed to know better, donâ€™t?
Look, I can understand Dadâ€™s support for McCain, given the Naval Academy thing, although I suspect if Dad actually read about McCainâ€™s time at the Naval Academy, he would be pretty disgusted. I see no similarities between McCain and Dad whatsoever, and I am really proud of that. I doubt youâ€™ll read this, as it is longer than a People think piece, but you should read this article in Rolling Stone. It is remarkably well-sourced, but it is also ten pages. That is longer than the attention span of most people who forward these kinds of emails:
Mostly, I just wish the two of you would actually use some of your experiences over the past 30 years and speak up. I am not saying support Obama, but just think critically, and denounce the kind of bullshit that you are forwarding. Write an email denouncing Obama using objective facts if you are so inclined. But donâ€™t be part of the ignorant class. Your kids expect so much more of you.