Michael Moore is a lot of things to a lot of people, some love him and as many hate him. Either way, he has a platform and a voice which he has chosen to use to combat the hatred and anti-Muslim sentiment seeping out of the Trump camp like puss from a suppurating wound. On Wednesday, Moore’s Facebook page dripped with condemnation for the fascist Trump while Moore declared “We Are All Muslims,” in a scathing open letter aimed square at the Donald’s ego.
The letter recalls a talk show that the two were on together back in 1998, and describes the litigious Trump as a “wuss,” and a “fraidy-cat” for his fearfulness at being on stage with Moore. Trumps fear that Moore would tease him or “go after him” is pretty out of character for the “tough guy” image he likes to affect, but fits right along with his cowardly and un-American idea for a ban on all Muslims. Hate is just fear mixed with ignorance and anger.
The powerful letter echos the sign that Moore holds in the picture above:
And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.
Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.
So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.
We are all Muslim.
Whether you love Michael Moore, or hate him, the powerfully human, honest, and direct message he is sending here is valuable.
Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don’t like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you’ve said.
Moore has encouraged anyone reading his post to use the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim, or post pictures of you holding a handmade sign, to send the message to Trump and all his supporters that we will not live our lives in hate and fear. We stand in solidarity with the millions of innocent people who are being tarred with the same brush as killers and terrorists. You can also go here to add your name to support this message.
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