Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Tolerance: Zero

Following up on my recent post about Cordoba House, the planned Islamic cultural center in downtown NY, here's a look at some of the protests it's incurred, including this gem:
At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.

"Go home," several shouted from the crowd.

"Get out," others shouted.

In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called "The Way." Both said they had come to protest the mosque.

"I'm a Christian," Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.

But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.
Sometimes you just have to shake your head at this stuff.

(Thanks to my friend Eric San Juan for sending this one my way.)

1 comment:

The Mad Swede said...

I can't help but think of Yoda's little gem, "If once you start down the path of the dark side, forever will it dominate your destiny."

It sadly, quite often-times, seems an apt comment on humans and human culture in general.