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May 15, 2002
I've been trying to say this since 9-11. I guess I will be labeled
as a bigoted American
By: American Airlines Pilot - Captain John Maniscalc

"You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets
of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended
with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you
don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you
because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing
to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our
friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their
grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of
their attacks.

On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my
country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally
stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed
them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons,
wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches,
fearless public servants, and children's mothers.

So I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be
consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the
soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American,
trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe
world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab
/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab-Muslim-Americans and the
Arab-Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying
our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR
constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter those
very same good neighbors and children? The events of September 11th
changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you
embraces our great country, with ALL of it's religions, with ALL of it's
different citizens, with all of it's faults. It is time for every
Arab-Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know whether or
not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to it's flag? Do you
proudly display in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in
your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will
protect and prosper it?

Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your "Jihads"? Are
you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom
that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who
gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this
freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America? If this
is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this
time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking
as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America.
Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent
because I worry about who you regard as innocent. And no more benign
overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry
about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy
...I am only interested in action. What will you do for America -- our
great country -- at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I
want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America". I want to see young
Arab-Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of
money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this
nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the
WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim

You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now!

But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I
have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter.
You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security
guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have
screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab-Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media
were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making
sure that the United States prove who was responsible before taking
action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims
from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than
they did with supporting our country and denouncing "leaders" like
Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat. If the true teachings of Islam
proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people then I want chapter
and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to
back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good and
pure and true when your "leaders" are teaching fanatical
interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance.

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the
world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and
adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been
demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built
upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members
are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members
defended Johnny Cochran and O. J. Simpson after the latter butchered his
wife and murdered an innocent friend. A form whose members (some as young
a five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year
after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of
our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air.
A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up
arms against the great United States of America, the country of their
birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members
refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name
of Islam.

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show
their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore?

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with
dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us
because we have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation
in the entire middle-east? And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us,
then why in the world are you even here?

Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and
stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I
want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like
rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your
family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE!

We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your
twisted, violent, intolerant religion. We will NEVER allow the attacks of
September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is
so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the

I want to know where every Arab-Muslim in this country stands and I
think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country
to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers
and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting
you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you
here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But
there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and
it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand."

"Until then ... you worry me." ""

John, I won't label you a bigot. Sounds to me like your a concerned American who only want's the best for this Country. Your view is very common and held by most Americans I know (from liberals, conservitives, catholics, morman, etc). Many are too afraid to voice it for fear of being "Flamed" by those who wish to place themselves on a moral pedestal in order to sanctify themselves.

We all want to live in a peaceful World where everyone treats each other with respect, but unfortunately that will NEVER happen......too much variance in the genetic code.


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