I’ll be dead soon. Or Reza Aslan will be.

That was the prediction made this week on a Christian Muslim Alliance Twitter thread.

By a troll.

Reza has been speaking up on behalf of Muslim for a long time. He’s had his share of trolls and threats. Bet the list is a mile long given the intensity of anti-Muslim bigotry in this country.

Like many Muslims, he’s used to it.

But I’m relatively new to the game.

I guess what I’m doing with CMA frustrates the haters.

I’m trying to get my people to speak up for fellow human beings who happen to be Muslims. Human beings who are overwhelmingly distraught about the violence done in the name of their religion.

Presumably, the trolls aren’t happy that me — a white Christian Republican — is speaking up for Muslims.

This kind of hate from American white nationalists is on the rise.

Last month, three men had their throats slashed when they tried to defend two innocent Muslim teenage girls. Two died.

But I’m going to continue to use my voice.

I’ll scream if I must.

To get people to understand that the very purpose of ISIS and other militant groups is to create irrational fear — to move people to paranoia, when, in fact, there’s little or nothing to be scared of.

Where are you right now? In your car? Work? On your couch?

You feel afraid? Feel like a Muslim terrorist is going to pop-up from behind and shoot you?

Throw a bomb into your cubicle?

Not one person killed on U.S. soil from any of the 7 countries in the new “travel ban” that went into effect today.

Now, sick and traumatized and hungry Syrian children can’t have refuge here.

Over 75% of white evangelical Christians agree with this ban.

Because Jesus?

Does anyone with a brain actually believe the over 3 million Muslims living in this country are conspiring together to take over? Even though Muslims have been here since the founding of America?

Even though over 5,000 Muslims are serving in our U.S. Armed Forces?

I know you, like most Americans, don’t have a Muslim friend and know little about Islam.

So I get might be scary.

The unknown can be scary.

One guy wrote, “There is no understanding of Islam. It is a murderous death cult. Read the Koran. End of STORY!!!!”

I have read the Koran. Many times. One sits on my nightstand next to my Bible.

My Bible has as many references to violence than my Koran. I hate to admit that, trust me.

I don’t deny that extremist groups like ISIS must be destroyed. But those crazies aren’t Muslims.

ISIS is killing mostly Muslims.

Have you ever thought about Indonesia? By far the largest Muslim population in the world. If all Muslims are ultimately violent, shouldn’t this new “travel ban” include Indonesia?

Shouldn’t the ban include Saudi Arabia? After all, 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.

One guy wrote, “…only an idiot can think there’s any possibility of a Christian-Muslim alliance!”

If believing Christians can come to unite and embrace Muslims deems me an idiot, I’ll accept the label.

I’ll remain the kind of idiot with the audacity to work so that people of different religious beliefs can live together in peace.

Xenophobia is a fancy word. It just means fear of outsiders. The Roman Catholics were thought to be part of a conspiracy in the 1950’s. There was lots of discrimination against them.

Today, four or five of our U.S. Supreme Court Justices are Roman Catholics. Justice Scalia was a Roman Catholic.

I want to dream bigger than those who live in fear.

Fear is petty.

Courage is contagious.

And, heck, even if 1.6 billion people are our enemies, my savior told me exactly how to treat my enemies.

Love them.

But people want to ban them instead.

On the first day of the Travel Ban 3.0, four teenage girls that qualified to come to the U.S. for a robotics competition were stopped at the airport today. Told they couldn’t enter.

Because of all those terrorist attacks happening here?

I don’t feel this ban will make America greater.

It’s making America look paranoid.

Weak.

One guy wrote, “A Christian and Muslim alliance means death to all others.”

How can I even begin to understand what’s going on in his head?

About The Author

My name is Paul Martin. I am a writer, who happens to be a Christian. I like writing about the intersection of family, religion, and politics. Recently, I launched a peacebuilding organization called The Christian Muslims Alliance.

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