So the other day, a great family member and I had a bit of an online misunderstanding. Our thoughts and opinions and feelings shared right out there for the public to see. It wasn't really resolved until we sent private messages to one another. I think our mutual misunderstandings surprised us both.
You see, not so much on my blog, but definitely on my fanpage, twitter and personal facebook page, I have been posting links and making comments about the issues surrounding Park51 (aka, the Ground Zero Mosque). To me, it's not so much the issue of the building, or where it is, or even why it is. What I want people to see is that just because a person is a Muslim, they are not a terrorist.
This family member, however, felt that I was attacking. She felt accused and beaten up. This was NOT my intention and I apologize to her and to any of you who may have felt the same.
I am a huge supporter of peace and love and understanding. I don't think that you have to be like me, or believe like me or do like me. I am proud to say that I have friends and family from different ethnicities and religions and backgrounds. How horrible would our world be if we were all the same?
So, I thought that I would take a moment to say why I think it's important to get my message out. I often feel that when I go out, I am seen as an outsider. I am viewed as an "other." I worry that people see me as a traitor, or that I'm assumed to be a terrorist. The fact is, I am a Muslim. I am a Canadian. I am a mother, sister, daughter and friend. All I ever want is for other people to see that too.
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