This is not, and never will be a political blog. But from time to time, I need to tell you…the members of my huddle…how I feel about things that happen around us.

The Wisconson Whacko who murdered innocent people because they wear turbans will provoke the usual gun control political finger pointing, and little else. “And The Beat Goes On.”

The United States Constitution is a magnificent document born of outrage, nurtured in blood, and powered by moderation, mutual respect, and compromise.

“E Pluribus Unum.” Out of many, one. “United We Stand.” But we aren’t standing together. The bad guys are standing together. But instead of talking over our problems and possibilities with the moderation, mutual respect, and compromise called for in our consitution, we are forming mobs and screaming, and throwing stones at each other. The bad guys are picking up the stones, and stockpiling them…preparing for another 9-11. Or more than likely, another Mega McVeigh disaster caused by…ourselves.

They throw a few stones back to distract us. Like that Wisconson Whacko. But their stockpile gets higher and higher, every time the call goes out for another screaming, rock throwing, mob attack in some lying campaign ad…every time some scuzball politician stands up and says, “Elect me, because I will never compromise”…every time the gun guys go nuts because we don’t want AK-47s on our streets and the rest of us don’t accept what the second amendment really means…every Saturday or Sunday that we ignore the words of the ancient Arabic wisdom that says, “All prayers rise to the same God.” And I wonder why can’t our Muslim brothers and sisters seem to remember that either?

 Of course the rest of us can’t seem to remember our own wisdom. As in: “He who is completely innocent should cast the first stone.” So the mobs keep screaming, and the stones keep flying. And we keep bleeding.

There are some things we can do about that.

1-   Stop screaming. When a Democratic friend starts screaming about rich Republican women riding horses, resist the temptation to scream about the wisdom of the Democratic auto industry bail out. Instead, learn about how riding horses can help heal that woman’s terrible physical hurts. And listen to your friend tell you about his friend who still has her job in a diner in Detroit that’s still open for lunch because the GM plant is still there.

2-   Respect and appreciate our differences for what they are: Opportunities to learn from each other. When a Jewish friend says, “There isn’t really any such place as hell.” Grab a grin and say, “The hell there isn’t.” Then have a good laugh, and a hug, and a few beers, and spend all night figuring out together, how an all good and powerful God can let innocent kids be born with aids.

3-   Talk to each other. Out loud. Cut the cultural, political and religious bullshit. Proud Podcast Participant Bill K send this open letter from an airline pilot that says it much better than I can:



By Captain John M. American Airlines Pilot
I’ve been trying to say this since 911, but 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, 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.


The Palestinians celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want to be consumed by the same rage, 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/Muslim terrorists 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 MORE of the same good neighbors and children?

The events of September 11 changed the answer.. It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its 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 its flag? Do you proudly display it 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 it and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your Jihads? Are you thankful for the freedom that 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 also 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…. 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 interested only 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 right now in Muslim communities. 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 proves 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, pure, and true, when your ‘leaders’ ARE teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge 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 (some as young as 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.

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 world. 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!”             


My thanks to Capt. John, and to Proud Podcast Participant Bill K. Here are a couple of closing thoughts:





  1. Bob Littler says:

    I live in a city with many Muslims and went to school with quite a few many years ago. Those people whom I have come into contact with are peaceful and quiet, but what bothers me is I dont know what is taught in their mosque, if they hide terrorists in their midst, and what their children are taught in what is the Muslim version of Sunday school. Our other houses of worship Temples and churches have banners proclaiming “Peace” and “Brotherhood” on their walls, but not so of the Mosque in our town. I have always gotten the feeling that I could walk into a Temple or any church in town and feel welcome, I dont get that feeling from the Mosque. If a member of that faith can correct me on what I hope is a misguided view, I would appreciate it