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Fri Mar 4, 2016, 03:27 PM

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I keep hearing how Donald Trump is racist. One reason I’m told, is because he doesn’t want illegal aliens in America. That does not make him racist. But that’s a whole other ball of wax to discuss. I want to discuss the other reason I’m given…because he doesn’t want Muslims in America. Which brings me to my question, which is actually directed towards liberals since they are the ones mostly with this mindset.

I ask this as a legitimate question. I will roundly ignore those who answer with snark and accusations.

I want to make a comparison between the Confederate flag and Muslims. Yes, bear with me a minute.

The Confederate flag was a symbol of the Southern side of the Civil War. It represented the desire to continue slavery, to many. But over time, it was co-opted to represent simply southern culture. A culture that has nothing to do with the civil war. Most southerners associate the Confederate flag with southern culture and heritage, rather than the civil war. They are no more interested in bringing back slavery than they are of outlawing sweet tea.

This culture has everything to do with tobacco crops, red clay and warm southern nights. Fried chicken dinners after church on Sunday, accents with long drawls, and a myriad of traditions of customs that are strictly southern. And yes, for some it also represented remembrance of ancestors who fought for the confederacy…not because of what they fought for, but because of their perseverance in fighting under terrible conditions, for what they believed in.

Then that symbol was co-opted again, this time by a hate-filled group called the KKK. The current thinking by some, is that the Confederate flag is a symbol of the KKK, and by regression, a symbol of those who want slavery. That symbol has been systematically taken away from southerners who flew it with southern pride for many, many years. Those who fly the Confederate flag out of hate are few. Those who fly it out of love for their Southern culture and heritage, are many.

The Muslim religion has also been co-opted. It has been co-opted by the most heinous of all people…. terrorists. Horrific acts have been perpetrated “in the name of” Islam. Anyone who chooses to deny that, is living in a fantasy land with the unicorns. It has been co-opted as well by gross misogyny. It has been co-opted to the point that when hearing the word “Muslim”, most people in the world think of terrorists and men who rape and stone the women who dare stand up for themselves. Those who kill in the name of Islam are few. Those who practice the religion of Islam in peace, are many.

We are told that what matters when it comes to the Confederate flag, is how it is seen by blacks and others due to it being co-opted by those few who fly it as a symbol of hate. It doesn’t matter that most who fly it do so for reasons that have nothing to do with hate. It’s how it is used by the few that matters.

But we are told that if we judge Muslims by the “acts of a few”, then we are racist. It doesn’t matter that it is used as the basis of hate and murder by some. It is how it is used by the many that matters.

Yes, the Confederate flag has the history of the civil war behind it, but the religion of Islam is based on a book that says that those who don’t believe in Islam, must be killed.

My question is this: Why the double standard?

Why must we see the Confederate flag as it is used by the few, but we must see the religion of Islam as it is used by the many?

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