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Friday, September 19, 2014

Combating Antisemitism in Kentucky

Every now and then evil creeps into the society and tears the harmony and enflames the sparks of hatred against fellow Americans. Right now, in Kentucky we have a Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate running for the US Senate with campaign signs that read, “With Jews we Lose” and this needs to be countered peacefully. 

Do you think we should hold a rally against Robert Ransdell to make the point that, we the Americans will stand up for each other and will not allow anyone to tear the cohesive fabric of America? We are one nation indivisible.

There was a man by the name of Fred Phelps, who is no more, and who held rallies against Jews, Gays and Lesbians, Immigrants and others. How do we counter such vitriol?

We counter it by standing up with Jews, Gays and Lesbians and the immigrants.  Indeed, I was questioned by several including a few Jews who asked me, who the hell was I to stand up for Jews?  My answer was simple – if we don’t stand up for others, why should anyone standup for us? A few Muslims asked, would Jews stand up for Muslims? My answer was it does not matter what others do, what matters is what I do? And how I contribute towards a cohesive America, where no American has to live in apprehension, anxieties or fear of the other.

By the way, all the good people will stand up for the others.
A few of the many things we have done;

We dealt with another Bigot, a Kentucky State Senator a few years ago:

Standing Up for Jews, Gays and Mexicans: Why Should You?   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/standing-up-for-jews-gays_b_650167.html

Fred Phelps, one of the most hated men in America is dead; an eviction notice is in order. http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2014/03/fred-phelps-one-of-most-hated-men-in.html

Standing up for Immigrants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrjU0KULv-Y

When I wrote a note about this on Facebook, I received questions, why do you take a stand against free speech, and invariably they ask me, you stood up for free speech of  Pastor Jones’s hatred of Quran burning and why don’t you let this dude put up his signs?  Agreed, and that is what we are thinking of doing – to peacefully make a point that Robert Ransdell can do his bit, and we will do ours, as we did with Pastor Jones and several such incidents.

The shameful behavior of a few bad Jews, Christians, Hindus and others who cheered on the death and destruction of the people of Gaza and Palestine is pathetic.  None of us should have cheered the prejudices we displayed against Palestinians, Gazans and others during the recent crises.  We can repent our misdeeds and go forward.
Here is the bottom line:   If you cheer Anti-Semitism, you are approving Hinduphobia and Islamophobia if you are Hindu and a Muslim respectively, and if you cheer Islamophobia. If you support homophobia, you are approving Anti-Arabism, or hatred for Palestinians, you are approving Anti-Semitism and Anti-other sentiments.

We all should stand up against these divisive evils like Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racism, Xenophobia, Misogyny, Racism, Homophobia and other evils of the society. 

Do you think we should hold a rally against Robert Ransdell to make the point that, we the Americans will stand up for each other and will not allow anyone to tear the cohesive fabric of America? We are one nation indivisible.

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Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, IslamIsraelIndiainterfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and a book with the same title is coming up. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest onSean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes all his work through many links.

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