Do terrorists want us to hate Muslims?

An acquaintance on Facebook posted a comment about a Buzzfeed article: “Terrorism is a low-cost asymmetrical form of warfare that seeks to rip a society apart from the inside by creating chaos through generating fear and hatred toward a perceived enemy living among the people. Don’t let terrorists win. Reject fear and hate.”

Division undermines diverse, democratic societies. So bigotry directed at IMG_0681Muslims, immigrants and refugees, or anyone who looks “ethnic” plays directly into terrorists’ hands.

Americans are Americans because we are united by the ideal that everyone is created equal, which is codified in our constitution (particularly the Bill of Rights and the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and nineteenth amendments).

That’s why America is about living together as a pluralistic society. That’s why Muslims are no less American than Christians, and it’s not unpatriotic to be an atheist.

But terrorists benefit from hatred toward Muslims and others because divisions undermine American unity.

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Author: Dave DuBay

Dave is a social worker from Phoenix, Arizona. He blogs at thepaintedporch.net. He's also at twitter.com/Dave_DuBay.

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