Chris Bell, the Democratic runner for governor here in Texas, has made a bold move. One so bold you are not going to believe it. He’s wearing his Christianity on his sleeve. Can you imagine the balls it takes to make unspecific statments about what an alleged god would or would not support in a state whose religious makeup closely resembles the religious makeup of its country? Yes, I must admit it takes a set of brass ones to claim allegience to a god that already has the allegience of eighty percent of the population.
Now, if Chris Bell was a Muslim, I may have put more stock in the “bold move” claim as at least one Texan believes Muslims should convert or move (link):
I read with interest about the alienation of the American Muslims and the safety they feel when withdrawing into themselves. Because this nation is a melting pot, they have the right to do that. But if they do not like our values and way of life, why do they come here? Why not go to a country that is completely Muslim? The reason that comes to mind is the economic opportunity here fuled by the diversity and entrepreneurship that flourishes with personal freedom. I have always believed that diversity is one of the main factors of our success.
I urge Muslim Americans to enjoy living in this country, to retain their identity somewhat, but to assimilate overall or choose to leave.
I don’t think it’s a bit of stretch to imagine that heads would’ve popped should the esteemed Mr. Bell had asked “What Would Mohammed Do?”. Don’t think so? Here’s another Texan on the Muslim Problem:
…five years ago, we were attacked by Muslim terrorists who were intent on killing innocent people. We continue under attack as our military wages war against fascist Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The killers are indistinguishable from other Muslims, so there is good reason for Americans to fear Muslims – all of them.
And another who’s a bit more blatant about the convert (or else) in relations to Muslims who they identify as immigrants:
… Immigrants who adhere to the state religion of their former country, their old ways of life and refuse to learn English will never blend into the American fabric of society. If they want a part of the American dream, they need to give up their old ways. They should seek to blend in – not stand out in a crowd by dressing and talking in the manner of the country of their origin.
Again, if Bell was a Muslim it would’ve been bold, even brave to wear his Islamic beliefs on his sleeve and bring up Mohammed in his speeches. But, he’s not. He’s a Christian. A member of the majority. A believer in the favoured god. One who is pretending that his religion is under attack and he’s being brave in admitting the shocking fact that he likes to ask himself “What would the Rightful Lord and King of America (aka Jesus) Do?”.
Give me a break.