Recently, radio talk show host Jerry Klein suggested that Muslims should be easily identifiable. How? Well, with some sort of crescent-shaped symbol stamped on their passports, driver’s license or birth certificates. Or they could have the option of wearing an armband or getting a tattoo with the crescent on it. The choice would be up to them.
So what’s the catch? Well, Klein only said it to expose anti-Mulsim bigotry. And oh…did he ever.
The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be “off his rocker.” The second congratulated him and added: “Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country … they are here to kill us.”
Another said that tattoos, armbands and other identifying markers such as crescent marks on driver’s licenses, passports and birth certificates did not go far enough. “What good is identifying them?” he asked. “You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans.”
Klein’s response to this…
“For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people’s bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver’s license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It’s beyond disgusting.
“Because basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen … We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous.”
This is the ignornace we have to fight. This is why we need to elevate the conversation. We can get there, but it’s going to take some doing. The one thing we can’t be afraid of is fighting anti-Muslim bias and bigotry at ever turn.
Does Islam have flaws? Of course, but nearly every major world religion has gone through periods where untold numbers of innocents have been slaughtered in the name of God. And subsequently, all of those religions have gone through reformations where those who would kill to spread the “good word” were pushed out or died off.
I guess my point here is the enemy is not Islam and never will be. Apparently, though, we need to collectively convince America that this is the case too.