Recently, an Imam in California preached that Muslims should rise up and wipe the Jews from the face of the Earth. He was supposedly angered by metal detectors placed by Israel at the spectacular Al-Aqsa Mosque (pictured at the left) after terrorists gunned down Jewish Police by smuggling weapons into this holy place. Unfortunately it appears that no one really spoke up against his hatred preached in the house of Allah! It is true that later he recanted when publicly admonished but that was for the news. Was he asked to step down as an Imam leading his congregation? Did he tell them he had preached hatred rather than a love of God’s children and as such needed to step down? What does this silence from the congregation tell us? Silence is consent. This Imam, Ammar Shahin turned a house dedicated to God into a place to launch genocide, destruction and terror.
In a debate group, I recently attended, we brought up the question of why Muslims don’t speak up when hatred is preached in a mosque? The common opinion is that they’re afraid of their own congregants. None of the group could believe that most Muslims are violent and hope to kill those with differences of religious belief, at least here in America. This then begs the question, is Meetup afraid of the movement they started called “#resist?” If not then why do they not speak up when it has strayed tremendously further from its original principles as Meetup documented for its creation? Is meetup becoming a terrorist supporting media? Does it really push for the overthrow and destruction of our elected president and his government? Or, are the leaders at MeetUp terrified of the people they empowered by building a Temple of #RESIST for them to pray from?
I personally suspect (or would like to think) that MeetUp.com did not intend to create what many call the hate media that some or the most visible parts of #resist have appeared to become. MeetUp’s leadership, in the beginning, stated at the startup of Resist that their intent was: “to be champions of democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, and sustainability.” Somehow that does NOT sound like #Resist nowadays. If so why does MeetUp.com still makes #Resist free with organizing benefits no other MeetUp group has? So either MeetUp is supporting what #Resist has become or they are Terrorized by their own creation much as Muslims seem to be of their own congregants. Remember SILENCE IS CONSENT!
What are the main focuses of #Resist MeetUps today? Is it peaceful protest of some government policies that seem to violate human rights or is it the overthrow of the elected president that many of them choose to believe is not “their” president? Chapters of Resist, do not offer much printed web information other than the meetUp sanctioned statements but what happens at meetings? Here is an excerpt from a L.A. #Resist group meetup that appears well attended. The question is what if Mueller is removed? “……….Be prepared for three days of protest rallying there with other progressive patriots! Make waves that all members of Congress will see and hear, let them know they will be gone IF they do not draft and present Articles of Impeachment for all the high crimes and misdemeanors that are now trickling out of this temporary POTUS administration.”
Now it is important to notice that the focus is on overthrowing the president. Note the words: “Temporary Potus,” “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Drafting Articles of Impeachment.” This not about social justice, equality and democracy, it is about stopping the candidate America elected (that they don’t like) because they can call him names and make false claims. Claims they need not support to their members. Hello? Is this democracy? Is this working with the institutions of government? It has gone much further too in what has come out of Resist and likely is its strong arm, Anifa.
Since the election of 2016, many say the left has gone crazy. They now have their version of the tea party and call it the Resistance. The leadership of that is a loosely formed violent group called Antifa. Antifa is short for Anti-Fascist. The irony of their name is not lost on those who actually know history, as their tactics are straight from the fascist playbook. In the past few months, these groups have repeatedly disrupted peaceful pro-Trump rallies. They have called for and used violence against people who support the president or disagree with them and even against members of the media who will report things Antifa doesn’t want reported.
Is this what MeetUp wanted? Is this what MeetUp supported? Perhaps if the truth is that MeetUp wanted justice and equality, they now need to start a group called #Asist or #Unify! Silence is consent. However if you see an injustice it does not mean you have to scream in someone’s face in public. If you really care, you discuss things quietly and calmly and you seek understanding. You also create groups working towards those goals. Screaming, beating, burning, trashing, is not in our constitution. It never gets you anywhere anyway, it just marginalizes you, your group, your cause and draws the masses to the center. To the center so they can they distance themselves from your out of control violent behavior. Is it time for MeetUp to starts #Asist or #UNIFY? What if we actually try to work together peacefully as we all did under Obama? #UNIFY!