Urge Rep. Tancredo to retract his irresponsible statement
Please break the silence about S. Representative Tom Tancredo’s comments, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) suggested that the United States could target Islamic "Holy Sites" if terrorists struck American cities with nuclear weapons
I should have been shocked at this statement but nothing is shocking to me anymore. I do not understand how can we expect any one to behave calmly, intelligently and kindly if our educated, successful, sophisticated, accomplished powerful and mature elected official will make such hateful statements. It is bad enough when mistreated, misguided, mislead, hopeless, confused and manipulated people act out their anger now head of the states, Representatives and nations are thinking of answering violence with more violence, with a seal of approval from a super power and its Representatives?
Who would stop all that. Fear, violence, anger and hate has already created a culture of helplessness. We truly need to walk away from violence and start moving towards a different path by creating a culture of peace, understanding, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony. We should do everything in our power to break down all barriers.
I would like to ask Representative Tom Tancredo what does he hope to gain by attacking Muslim Holy Cities. I wish that all of us would start thinking about the consequences before we say or do anything. May be use this motto to determine the quality of our words and actions.
The four-way test of the things we think, say or do: ...Is it the truth? ...Is it fair to all concerned? ...Will it build good will and better relationships? ...Will it be beneficial to all concerned? (Rotary International Motto)
This is an open appeal to all my conscience fellow Americans, interfaith leaders, public officials and especially to the media to condemn this insensitive and divisive statement.
Samina Faheem Sundas
AMV Executive Director
July 19, 2005
S. Representative Tom Tancredo
CNN News, July 18, 2005
Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) suggested that the United States could target Islamic "Holy Sites" if terrorists struck American cities with nuclear weapons.
Appearing on a radio talk show in Florida last Friday, Tancredo is reported as saying "Šif this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist,fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sitesŠ"
Representative Tancredo's District also takes in Littleton, Colorado (Columbine High School).
And as Japanese Americans, we thought Representative Howard Coble (Republican - North Carolina), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, was something for defending President Roosevelt's internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Shows that they elect anyone to Congress nowadays.