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Missouri and Wisconsin, Under attack by Terrorists

If you haven’t heard, there has been a shooting and fires targeting religious sanctuaries. Crimes that were surely perpetuated for no reason other than raw hatred’s need to spread fear and terror through a people. These crimes were an attempt to send the evil message, “God doesn’t want you to exist.” To me, the message spread was loud and clear, and though it wasn’t myself, or my holy places that were targeted, it was my people.

These were acts of terror against American citizens.

I have to admit, I feel guilty. When I first learned about the Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting, I was mellow. Yes, I was sad for the people that had been hurt and killed in the tragedy, but it hadn’t sparked anything in my mind to tell me it was more than just that, an isolated tragedy caused by a crazy man, not worth dwelling beyond the little comfort that perhaps my thoughts would give the victims.

Then, there was a second attack, and this one was basically in my back yard.

That infuriates me.

Missourians don’t do that.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re a violent, superstitious people, completely unbending and incapable of accepting things we don’t like, but, we’re not cowards.

Arson is the act of a coward. It’s terrorism.

 

I feel that the next few months are going to focus a lot on these sort of things.

There is a big election coming, and the United States is a nation about to be divided along a simple, clearly defined line.

We’re about to be split by hate and greed.

 

I have found it ironic for a while now that people so afraid of Terrorists enforcing Sharia Law would be so adamant to enforce their own religious laws here in the United States.

 

I guess it wasn’t irony. I guess religious zealots only come in one flavor, regardless of their packaging.

 

Maybe when you go to the polls to vote this autumn, you’ll remember that thought. You’ll remember that some of these candidates across the country are exactly what you’re afraid is coming from the Middle East. Don’t let the fact that they might claim the same religion as your own lead you to believe that being spiritual means that the fear, hatred, intolerance, bigotry, greed and oppression they represent is anything close righteous.

 

Terror is Terror. Oppressive Religious Laws are Oppressive Religious Laws.

No matter what else might be wrong with us, we’re America, and we don’t stand for that.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

14 thoughts on “Missouri and Wisconsin, Under attack by Terrorists”

  1. Lady *S* of Glitter says:

    Oh people stand for it. Live here for awhile. People enjoy the oppressing. It’s the sport of choice here. They also enjoy ridiculous comments like “None of this would happen if we didn’t have that *****er for a President.” Fill in the blanks. It’s sad and sick.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      America doesn’t stand for oppression. Our history isn’t perfect. We tend to tolerate it, but it’s not our purpose, it’s not our meaning.

      When I hear someone say something like that, I tell them what I think of them. I’ve got a luxury of being a fairly huge man, so I can do that, I know.

      Still. We don’t need intolerance and bigotry.
      We don’t want intolerance and bigotry.

      The only way we can make that change is to make it.

      That means using voices to make sure that hate mongering, terrorists know exactly where they stand. Like a pile of shit on the sidewalk that we just stepped over to get to something better.

      1. Lady *S* of Glitter says:

        We don’t ‘stand’ for it. But we do it. Think of Native Americans in reservations. Think of African Americans in ghettos. Or the slums that Irish, Jews, Polish, on and on, it still happens. We brush it under the rug and smile politely. Should this be happening? Absolutely not? Does it and will it continue. Absolutely. It’s terrible and it’s why we have to change our corners of the world we live in, right NOW.

  2. Mark says:

    Dude, I’m waiting for the quiet ones in the Center to stand up and tell them Fundies on the Right and the Whacko’s on the Left to Sit down and STFU! Sadly, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      You know, originally that was the reason I started blogging.

      1. Mark says:

        I’ve got a laundry list of topics (which I should probably start writing down) I could write about. The only positive thing I could possibly envision is I’d make all sorts of people, from both sides of the aisle mad.

        I’d start with the Fundies and how their legislative tactics to force their faith on others is a remarkably bold demonstration of how weak their faith actually is.

        About how the worship of Republican Jesus makes them heretical and agents of Satan and that they copulate with the Whores of Babylon and Pits of Fire…and how we are being punished by having Pat Robertson inflicted on us by paying attention to Pat Robertson…and on and on…

        1. M.A. Brotherton says:

          Yeah, the death threats extremely early in my blogging career made me think maybe it was too controversial.

          1. Mark says:

            So-Called “Christians” who make death threats have lost touch with their Savior and are not doing as they were called to do. Another example of weak faith.

  3. Lady *S* of Glitter says:

    Nolan points out that I should clarify. My point is- you are right in that we SHOULD NOT stand for terrorism and oppression. But we do. We will continue to because it happens to the minorities so people can say “Well it happened to THEM and NOT US.” and it makes them feel safe. Which is terrible and sad.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      It has pissed me off for a long time that we’re unwilling in the US to acknowledge the fact that the majority of terrorist acts on our domestic soil come from Christian Religious Extremists born and Raised here in the US.

      1. Nolan Liebert says:

        As your post from the Yeti expounds on this point, I have to agree. The Amendment 2 passage does nothing to curb the extremism and only serves to further the agenda of the CREs. Additionally, the fact that it has passed in Missou opens the doors for other states to follow suit. Christian beliefs aren’t under attack, religious freedom is, in a number of ways. The fact that the CREs don’t call a spade a spade when it comes to domestic terrorism carried out by “God-fearing Christians” is sickening.

        1. M.A. Brotherton says:

          I feel that Chris (@yeti_detective) didn’t really cover the true danger of what this amendment has. He focused on the redundancy of the amendment, but not the actual teeth of it.

          Students in Missouri can now refuse to do an assignment they say violates their religious beliefs, which in and of itself is bad enough, but they can also no longer be marked down for expressing any religious views on assignments.

          Which covers the obvious scare that they can now put whatever they want on science assignments, like claiming that dinosaurs could breath fire 3000 years ago, but also, it gives them a government sanctioned right to hate each other.

          That’s not exactly something I want a bunch of teenagers having.

    2. M.A. Brotherton says:

      It goes beyond that, too. Planned Parenthood clinic bombings aren’t “Violent protests,” they’re acts of terrorism, and should be treated as such.

      The conversation is so controlled by our universally conservative mindset that we still cling to and protect our identity as a nation by suggesting that there is no way that an American can be a Terrorist.

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