This post was inspired by a blogger on the Houston Chronicle in house bloggers list, and just so folks know, as much as I love the great state of Texas, I have little, if ANY use for the city of Houston and its Sanctuary City status. That sets the tone for this post I believe.
Houston debuts Muslim billboards
The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations debuted today billboards that promote Muslim patriotism to counter Islamophobia in the months leading up to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The 10 billboards, located along area interstates, read “Proud Americans, Proud Texans, Proud Muslims,” and display faces of members of the Houston Muslim community.
One billboard shows Muslims serving in a variety of professions—including a doctor and soldier—and another illustrates interfaith relationships by showing an imam with a Jewish rabbi and Christian pastor.
Houston is the first city to display such billboards, though other markets may adopt the campaign, said Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for CAIR.
A grant from private donors enabled the organization to afford the $54,000 cost, said Mustafaa Carroll, director of CAIR-Houston.
The billboards are meant to promote a positive image of local Muslims in response to recent incidents in the community, including two Houston-area mosques that were deliberately set on fire this spring.
The patriotic message is similar to campaigns by Houston’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to promote “Muslims for Peace” and “Muslims for Loyalty” with flyers, door-to-door visits and interfaith meetings.
The billboard campaign has drawn attention across the country and across the globe since it was announced, according Carroll, mostly from fellow Muslims praising their large-scale efforts.
A few conservative members of Houston’s Muslim community questioned the decision to display images of Muslims, since a hadith by Muhammad discourages followers from putting up depictions of people, animals or God. Carroll said the billboards needed to be appealing to the general public.
“It’s just a billboard, but hopefully it will lead to discussions and understanding,” he said.
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I think everyone that reads here already knows, I don’t try to push my religious beliefs off on anyone. My political ideas and America 1st patriotism is another matter entirely.
In my not so humble opinion, Islam is NOT a religion, it is a SECT of rabid believers that embrace the idea of *submit to Islam or DIE*.
That’s a pretty hard-line, one way stand on matters, don’t you think?
If you read this story from the Chron Blogs you may or may not see the comment I left, the last time I looked it was still in their moderation queue, so, I did a copy and paste, you know, just in case the TexasFred views on Islam don’t quite line up with those of the author.
How about some public service announcements, or public gatherings, well publicized gatherings, denouncing the terrorist attacks Muslims make all over the world? Attacks on non-Muslims (Christians and Jews) as well as on each other?
How about some *rage* over the EVILS that Islam espouses…
How about some serious dialog regarding *submit, pay Jizya or DIE*?
Somehow, I just don’t sense a lot of sincerity in a Islamic billboard campaign.
Muslims are the enemy of every FREE man, woman and child on the face of this earth. They are, as Muslims, taught from the Quran that WE are infidels and that WE are to submit to them or it’s OK to cut our damned heads off.
Well, that is just not a people I can befriend, not in any way, shape, form or fashion, and quite frankly, every time I read a story of Muslims attacking and killing other Muslims, I get a very happy feeling in my heart. I don’t care how many of them kill each other, as long as it’s Muslim on Muslim, it can be a free for all, with no bag limit.
I’m pretty sure that dull roar you hear in the background is the sound of my detractors lining up to be the 1st to say, ‘That TexasFred guy is a mean old man and a vile racist’.
When it comes to protection this nation, my family and everything America stands for, or, is supposed to stand for, I have NO problem with our enemies killing one another, it just saves us the trouble of having to kill them later, and make NO mistake, Muslims ARE our enemies.
About 30 years ago I was living in El Paso, we had a really nice 3 bedroom apartment in a very nice complex, it was clean and comfortable, and we had great neighbors too.
One of my neighbors was a Major in the Jordanian Army, his name was Zahhe Gommah and he was on temporary duty at Ft. Bliss, McGregor Range, training on the operation and use of the Patriot missile system. Zahhe and his wife, Haifa, were both Jordanian Christians and we had a lot of good times with those folks.
There were also 4 or 5 units that were occupied by members of the Kuwaiti military, they too were training on the Patriot system, but they were, to a man, devout Muslims.
That experience, seeing how those Kuwaiti Muslims treated an Arab Christian, how they denigrated his wife for not wearing the hijab, how they called her the most vile names imaginable, simply because she was a Christian, and not a Muslim, taught me all I cared to know about the religion of peace.
The bombing of Marine Barracks Beirut on October 23, 1983 took my knowledge of Islam to a place I didn’t want it to go.
Then, on the morning of September 11, 2001, my education was completed. It seems that some Americans have forgotten those dates in history.
Moderate, peaceful and tolerant Muslims? Not in MY opinion, not now, not ever.