If you’ve ever noticed, the people who talk the toughest game and are at the same time the most frightened of Muslims, are generally people who have rarely encountered one and probably have never had a conversation with one. Most, like Donald Trump, have never served active duty
Chris Herbert did serve active duty. He lost his leg in Iraq when he was only 19-years-old and his unit was ambushed in 2007. He doesn’t hate Muslims, though, and in his viral Facebook posts, he told us that we shouldn’t hate either.
Here’s his powerful post:
Of course, Herbert is British and well, everyone else in the world seems brave compared to this new breed of chickens*it Americans who support Trump and other Republicans, but he brings up a critical point. Muslims are fighting the War on Terror right beside us.
The Pentagon just reported that there are more than 5,000 Muslims serving in the U.S. military. That’s far more than the number of Muslims who have carried out successful terrorist attacks against the United States, which should mean that if we are to stereotype Muslims, we would stereotype them as patriots, not as terrorists. At least, that’s what the numbers say.
The larger numbers pan out as well. A poll (albeit not a new one) found that:
Muslim Americans have not become disillusioned with the country. They are overwhelmingly satisfied with the way things are going in their lives (82%) and continue to rate their communities very positively as places to live (79% excellent or good).
As for Muslims outside this country, with the exception of Pakistan, the entire world has an unfavorable view of ISIS, Muslim or not.
Of course, there is one way to radicalize the Muslims who live inside our borders – treat them the way Trump advocates. The way to calm tensions down is to have more people like Chris Herbert.
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