If there’s anything worse than Islamic terrorists blowing things up because they think Allah wants them to, it’s a bunch of loose talk about Islamic terrorists blowing things up because they think Allah wants them to.
Less than two weeks after the terrorist bombings in New Jersey and New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is launching a new campaign against the “negative rhetoric targeting Muslim communities” that the city says gets worse after “terrorist incidents.”
A press release from the city on Monday explained the reasoning for the new anti-anti-Islam efforts: “Across the country, hateful speech has made Muslim residents the target of misguided attacks and threats, especially in the aftermath of terrorist incidents…”
On Monday, the city launched a new digital ad campaign that features pictures of Muslims with captions that read, “I am Muslim. I am NYC.”
Thank you, Mayor de Blasio. It’s about time somebody started thinking of the real victims here. Sure, terrorism is bad, but when was the last time it hurt your feelings?
If you get injured by a pressure-cooker bomb, doctors can heal your physical trauma. But if somebody says something thoughtless and mean to you about a pressure-cooker bomb, the hurt will never go away. There’s no Band-Aid for wounded pride.
Not so smug now, are you, wingnuts?
#NotAllMuslims are terrorists. In fact, most of them aren’t. So the next time somebody who happens to be Muslim tries to kill people, the next time somebody yells “Allahu Akbar” during a shooting spree or a stabbing spree or some other embarrassing faux pas, maybe you could just zip your stupid lips about it.
Secretary of State John Kerry said it best:
“Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.” Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t ignorance be bliss? If we just pretend the problem isn’t a problem, then it will no longer be a problem. Then our Muslim brothers and sisters won’t have to put up with dirty looks and Aladdin jokes on the subway.
#IAmMuslimNYC. Now shut up about it. After all, you never know how those people are going to react to criticism. Better to just submit.