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Will this become a norm now?

A young Muslim school boy in Texas was recently arrested and questioned when he brought a home-made clock to school. His teachers panicked and called the police. Although the matter later cleared up and Ahmed Mohamed was invited to White House by President Obama, I think his childhood will forever be scarred by this incident which prompted his family to leave US forever and migrate to Qatar.

A young Muslim school girl was asked by her teacher if she had a bomb in her backpack in Georgia. It is not clear what prompted the teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County to ask the question but the reason could be the girl's headscarf.The school’s principal had apologized to the family.

A Muslim cricketer in UK was recently told to go back to his *****ing country by a fellow team-mate.

Buddha had once said," Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."

I think politicians , journalists, media personalities, analysts etc. need to find such words otherwise the world will become a very ugly place.

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CoralLevang wrote on December 14, 2015, 3:33 AM

We live in such a divisive world today. Xenophobia is spread by fanatics from all religions. Social and economic classes continue to see the others as the problem.

It hurts my heart to read these stories about how other people treat one another, how people from everywhere are "lumped together." I have wept many times over this. And I suspect there will be many more tears shed.
I think it will be the young people, especially young women like lexiconlover or Malala Yousafzai or other young women and men who are bold enough and willing to challenge whatever the opposition will say, from a place of thought, knowledge, and make the changes that will be necessary so we can stop this insanity that is bred by spreading fear. These will be the true leaders of our next generation, each in their own rite.

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lexiconlover wrote on December 14, 2015, 3:53 AM

People have forgotten how to act in public. Or at all.

morilla wrote on December 14, 2015, 4:36 AM

There has been a good deal of discussion about the "clock boy," as he has been dubbed, over the last three months. The reality is that practically 'everyone' says it looked / looks like a potential bomb; unless you're familiar with an old clock that he basically disassembled. You can't expect K-12 teachers or administrators to be bomb experts and, given their mandate is to protect the children, not necessarily to be "politically correct" (though some would demand otherwise), there was really no 'wrong-doing' on their part. The boy had been advised not to bring it and, in some respects, given how it has turned out, there is some suspicion that there was an 'agenda' in all this.

It's part of what has led to a certain 'fear' or 'concern' over what's going on. Just like I'd like to hear "the other side of the story" about the girl and her backpack given that " school officials don't believe it [the question] was made with 'ill intent... " A ticked off parent does not, of necessity, make the teacher a racist or xenophobe. Once again, the mandate they work under is the safety of the children. As others have said, assume something was in the backpack and the teacher had NOT asked; would you be praising the teacher as being politically/culturally sensitive or excoriating her as incompetent and criminally irresponsible?

Sorry to say, but there ARE children who are used as suicide bombers - https :// en . wikipedia . org / wiki / Child _ suicide _ bombers _ in _ the _ Israeli % E2 % 80 % 93Palestinian _ conflict

Remember, the San Bernardino attack occurred at Inland Regional Center, a facility for those with developmental disabilities. In other words, terrorists don't necessarily honor 'gun free zones' or 'hospitals' or other locations we would consider sacrosanct. Insofar as the cricketer, what about the Muslim cricketer who was 'preaching' Islam to others or the cricket team that was informed they couldn't call themselves the Crusaders since that would be offensive or... Again, there is more to the story here.

In short, it's not just about using the "politically correct/acceptable" words, but providing the context of the story itself, so that one understands the motivation - which isn't, by default, always racism or xenophobia. Anything, taken without context, can quickly be presented as 'ugly.'

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Dawnwriter wrote on December 14, 2015, 4:40 AM

morilla I respect your views and being a mother I would never compromise on the safety of children. Things, being as they are, have led us to treat everyone with suspicion. I do not blame teachers but the overall world in which we are all living and yes, my point also being, the other sides needs to get heard too.

bestwriter wrote on December 14, 2015, 5:41 AM

That is how it is ordained. When fanatics of a particular community give that community a bad name things like this are bound to happen.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 14, 2015, 10:08 AM

You are right on the media part. If they would show more mixed groups getting along than the ones putting someone else down it would help I believe

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 14, 2015, 12:23 PM

I know there are peaceful Muslims. It is too bad that the whole group of Muslims are singled out and ridiculed by the actions of a few wicked ones.

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Paulie wrote on December 15, 2015, 2:19 AM

If we are going to achieve peace in the world, it is so necessary that everyone understands each other. Without this understanding, there is too much fear.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 30, 2015, 1:18 PM

Some people strive to live in peace with their fellow man. You have to make an effort. Some follow what's known as “The Golden Rule” - “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”. Some go that “extra mile” and “love their enemies”. No matter what anybody else does, they adhere to those standards. Why? Because they know peace is always better than the opposite of peace. That's an undisputed FACT.

Then there some who seize an opportunity to hitch a ride on the “hate band wagon” and relish it because NOW they can justify ANYTHING they do as an act of __________. Uuumm … self-defense or being patriotic or … whatever they fill in their blank with. Do they fix the problem or offer a solution to make things right? NO. But it was always something in the back of their mind and now they can voice or act out their true feelings or beliefs because … they got BACK UP!

In the end the divide or the "norm" rather is always lovers and peacemakers versus haters and war-makers.

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bestwriter wrote on January 19, 2016, 11:30 PM

It is not the government nor religious communities that do this but fanatics. Just a handful is enough to disrupt peace in the world.