I am sickened and disgusted by the anti-Muslim remarks made at the Council of East Meadow Community Organization meeting held on Nov. 26 at the East Meadow Public Library.
I ask our elected officials - our assemblywoman, our state senator, our county legislator- to join with me in speaking out against this violation of our Constitutional rights and American principles. Such bigotry and hatred must be exposed and denounced wherever it surfaces and all Americans, regardless of ethnic and religious background, need to come together to support and protect the victimized group.
These Muslims, who have come to the United States to build a new life and become part of the vibrant fabric of our society, are victims. They are no more responsible for the actions of a fringe group than all white Protestants are responsible for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers. The premise is false. The hatred that begot the false premise is a cancer in our society. It must be exposed and excised.
Those who believe and espouse such falsehoods about people who are different from them are kin to the Nazis and the Taliban. Their viewpoint gives al-Qaeda a victory. They obviously don't remember the difficulties their own ancestors had in assimilating into American society.
The level of bigotry and hatred found on Long Island in the 21st
Century should give everyone pause to reflect. Remember, once we decide that it's acceptable to victimize one group of people for whatever reason, we accept that all groups can be victimized. If we let that happen, than we have lost our most basic American principles and handed the terrorists the victory they seek.
During this holiday season and all future seasons, we should all reflect on the tolerance and acceptance central to American society and its principles that make us the greatest country in the world.