Are you are what I am you are?

I was recently reminded of an excerpt from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám:
A religious man said to a whore, ‘You’re drunk, caught every moment in a different snare.’ She replied, ‘Oh Shaikh, I am what you say, are you what you seem??

Now this is not going to be one of those beware of drink and fornication talks. We know what we need to do in that case,

What we often forget how to do it seems, is to completely forget our own vices or issues and prepare to label those that are deemed “beneath us”.

Who exactly would that be? The ones that are deemed beneath us. Culturally, at least here in the US, to those born  here  everyone is “beneath”. Except of course African Americans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Indigenous (native) Americans, Muslim Americans (black, white, yellow, red, etc.).

That would leave basically only white American Christians…..Alhamdulillah.

I was reading about how the Kurds were engaging the Islamic State terrorists and overheard the comment “That’s the way to kick those Muslim’s backside”.  Heaven forbid when I say Kurds are Muslims too. White Christian response, all those f—kers should die. Astaghfirullah.

This, I hate to say is another product of 911, not so much the act itself, but the response of the US Government (I.e. the Patriot Act) in removing some basic liberties that  all Americans took for granted and were guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

The after math of 911 brought an uber militarization of all urban, and a large percentage of suburban and rural police agencies. The result of which has led to the growth of “exceptionalism” in the United States and parts of Western Europe. This is the quintessential, “no matter how dumb I am, I and my country are better than you any old day”…Why would this be, well first and foremost, “we got the guns”..

Followed by of course, you rags had your chance. We took what you had, cause we had bigger guns and God is on our side. Just ask the Native Americans, they know…………

Now I need to pause here, because im not sure if this is going to be a civil rights exercise, or religious freedom, or perhaps a self righteous sermon. Meh, let’s see where it takes us. Insha’Allah……….Okay, okay we are still with the Islamic subject line.


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