by megan irwin
“They have hurt you, they have made your loved one suffer…[Muslims] would like nothing more than to do us harm and turn our democracies into Sharia led police states,” reads the hate-filled letter that instilled fear into the Muslims who live in the United Kingdom. The letter titled ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ declared April 3 as the day to punish all Muslims; the letter also offered rewards for different types of attacks on Muslims. No religion should face discrimination due to their beliefs; the letter is a repulsive way of a person sharing their ignorant views on a religion.
The letter made accusations that Muslims cause “pain and heartache”. The letter also accuses those who choose to not take part in ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ of being sheep, just waiting to be herded. The writer then asked the public to take part in punishing Muslims, each action having a different point value. The atrocious actions range from verbally abusing a Muslim to killing a Muslim and even bombing Mecca. The actions increase in point value the more barbaric the actions get. These Muslims now live in a perpetual fear to walk outside; they are scared of the community they once felt safe in, and now they have to fear every person they pass. People should be able to freely walk without fear of restitution. The purpose of the letter was to divide and terrorize the society to outcast Muslims and to have others see Muslims as monsters, when the only difference between them is their religion. To call someone a monster for practicing a religion, just proves the volgar people living in our society today. These comments come from dull minded individuals who unwilling to accept other religions as equals, discriminating against those who practice that religion.
In response to the sickening letter, a counterterrorism probe has formed. Several police forces have joined together to locate the source of the letters. They have confirmed that they were ‘investigating potentially malicious communications sent to individuals across the UK”. They reassure the public that the letters are being taken seriously. Another reaction by an activist was to turn the letter around and make a ‘Love a Muslim Day’. The letter follows the same format as the ‘Punish a Muslim’ letter but instead urges readers to respond to the hateful letter with acts of kindness towards Muslims rather than violent acts against them. The letter rewards actions such as smiling at a Muslim and fasting with them during Ramadan, the point value also increasing the greater the deed. The actions taken by the government and activist have been a step in the right direction but should not be needed to counteract these horrific actions; the actions should not being taking place, yet terrible individual hate on others to make themselves feel superior.
The rude hate-filled words have no place in a society where people have learned to be tolerant of religions. The ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letter is a pathetic excuse for someone to hate on someone’s religion.
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