by GREG RUSSAK
The list below, “Stupid Is As Stupid Does”, arrived in my inbox today.
It can be traced to a tea party site which I will not promote by posting a link. (Besides, it’s not that hard to find.)
Yes, these events happened (although one of them is incorrectly dated). Lots of bad things happen every day all over the world. Profiling based on religion, however, strikes me as another really bad thing.
I wonder what the Founding Fathers would say to the tea party about this idea of profiling based on religion? I like to think that they would say something very much like the original title of the post being quoted here.
Look, I get it. Grandma isn’t likely to be a terrorist, but as the Boston bombing brothers proved you cannot tell someone’s religion – or their intentions – simply by looking at them.
We ought not to be so willing to kid ourselves into thinking that profiling large swathes of people based on their religious beliefs will somehow increase our safety and security. All we will have accomplished will be an affirmation that some of us are willing to sacrifice liberty and freedom for a false sense of security.
And all we need to do is to ask ourselves in which group we’ll eventually find ourselves. (MORE)