Freedom of religion doesn’t exist in every country. Most Americans take their religious freedom for granted. If Americans participate in a religion, it is their business. If they want to drape snakes across their shoulders while they pray, or kneel before a cross or not before taking their seat in their chosen house of worship no-one really cares.
There is a very small minority of Americans who see it as an attack of their religious freedom to be forced to tolerate a Christmas tree, and a Menorah side by side in a public display, but even worse is to be denied these displays of faith. (I know of no Islamic High Holy days that occur near the time of Christmas or Hanukkah.)
American freedom of religion is the bedrock of our American culture. The first school lessons on our history, is of people coming to the Americas for religious freedom, and joining in prayer with the native population in Thanksgiving.
A country may not be able to prevent its citizens from quietly following their religion under the radar of authorities. Most American residents can’t imagine living in a country where they can’t freely and openly worship in a manner of their choosing, and would be outraged at such treatment.
We have just been through a very divisive political season. Muslims, a religion, not a country, was named as the enemy. Harassment of Muslims has reached an all time high. What difficulties Ohio State attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan may have had is not the point. He lives in a country where religious freedom is promised, and Artan felt he could not pray without fear. Eleven people were injured, and the country is frightened.
Deportation and confinement of Muslims are methods of control that have been promised. The candidate that wanted to partner with Muslims in America has lost the election. President Elect Trump has asked for the violence against Muslims to be stopped the news reports, but many more tweets are coming from President Elect Trump regarding the voter fraud that has resulted in his loss of the popular vote.
Obviously Artan was a very disturbed young man, but does not meet the definition of a warrior. My friends and I watched the news of the Ohio State University tragedy with sorrow while having lunch. Thank God it wasn’t worse.
ISIS is taking credit for this tragedy, but I don’t think they had anything to do with it. How about you?