Whichever country you were born in or identify as home, it is not wrong to be proud of it. It is not wrong to want the best for that country, including the people in it. We all want the best care, opportunities and support from our Government, and again there is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is sharing racist and prejudice posts on Facebook and sharing this kind of information elsewhere.
Time and time again I’ve seen people I know of, know, even a family member share posts, particularly targeting people of Muslim faith, without having any real knowledge of the religion. I would be less annoyed if I could justify it by telling myself they just do not understand so I cannot get mad at them. However I can get mad because if you are on Facebook, you are on the internet, and you are on the internet, you have access to vast amounts of information, and you should be able to use a search engine, and check if there is any evidence that goes against what you are criticising and assess it’s validity, and if not, ask someone. If I was following a religion and I knew there were parts of my faith that were constantly misinterpreted I would want people to ask me what it’s supposed to mean, rather than spread the word that I am trying to hurt people and rise up against them, in the country that I live in or elsewhere in the world.
Most times I read about something going on in the world, I go away afterwards and look it up. I don’t do that because I think I am a brainiac and feel the need to learn everything inside out so I can regurgitate it later. I do that because I feel the opposite. I do not instantly trust the things other people post or the things I see in the news, because everyone, even the BBC is biased, despite its claim not to be. Which means if I do not research anything I read, I take those views and information as facts and then I spread it. Just the other day I saw a post that was about the massacre in Kenya, and this time it was challenging news reporting and it was saying how the massacre had been silenced, unreported and nobody cared. I instantly thought that’s odd. I know the news often ignores significant events abroad, but massacres unfortunately are hot topics because of their nature so I simply went off my Facebook app, clicked on my BBC news app, and there it was, “TOP STORY”. Which also meant that if I could have been bothered to stretch across the settee and press the remote, it would have been the top story on the TV also. It was not hard for me to check that, and I’d encourage everyone else to do the same.
Now I mentioned a family member shared an ignorant post, and I called her out on it at the time, we had an argument, she blocked me on Facebook, but what irritated me more than anything was the she kept the post up even when I told her why it was wrong and remained a member of a racist group! She was targeting the Muslim religion with a very twisted argument that Australian prisons were supporting terrorism by providing Halal meat because the profits of Halal go towards funding the jihad, which to her was a terrorist group. There were so many things wrong with what she was saying; I didn’t even need to Google half of it to know what she was talking out of somewhere that wasn’t her mouth. Common sense would indicate that funding terrorism would be counterproductive for Australia… Halal does have a zakat tax which is normally 2.5%, which goes towards Muslim charities. The jihad is not a terrorist group; it means ‘the great struggle’. The lesser jihad is about Muslims protecting their right to practice their religion, as self defence, not attack or trying to convert people. The greater jihad is about the struggle of people to practice their religion as effectively as they can and be a good person. Even after explaining this to her she began quoting sections of the Qur’an to me. I was baffled how she just ignored everything I just said and just took a section from a holy text and used it to support her racist argument against it. Incredibly disrespectful, but unfortunately not the first time I’ve seen that. You do not have to trust me, you can go look this up, but I study old texts all the time, and the language never directly translates to present day English and the meanings of certain words change. The word ‘Gay’ is a prime example. The meanings of words change all the time. You have to read old text in the context of their time, for the Qur’an this is supposed to be in the 600’s. ‘Gay’ started changing meaning around the 19th century so just imagine how many words in the Qur’an have different meanings.
The Muslim faith is a peaceful one. Therefore Terrorists are not, despite what they say; followers of that religion and real Muslims do not identify with what they are doing. They are fanatics and misinterpret these religious texts for their own motives, as do a lot of people who keep sharing these posts. I am so sick of seeing Facebook groups like ‘
Britain First’ and hearing people say “Get out of my country”.
The point I want to get across is that these posts you write and share against Muslims, or other faiths, or ethnicities are harmful and hurtful. You are teaching the young children around you to hate people that are different and to fear those that mean you no harm. You are intimidating people who only mean peace and making them feel unsafe in their home. You’re like anti-Gandhi spreading evil.
As elections are running at the moment, tensions get high around immigration and what makes Britain great. I cannot answer that but I know for certain it’s not racists.