I've received this email several times over the past few months. Here it is in case you haven't seen it:
SIGN IN A WHITING STORE FRONT WINDOW
"WE WOULD RATHER
DO BUSINESS WITH
1000 ALQAEDA TERRORISTS
THAN WITH ONE SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER!"
This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Whiting, Indiana. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.
However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty.
And after all, it is just a sign.
You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign.
Answer: Owen's Funeral Home
(Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)
You gotta love it!!!
God Bless America
It's obviously not true and has been making the rounds on the internet in a few different forms for a long time now. Sometimes it's 1,000 Iraqis vs. 1 Jew, for example. But the point is the same.
I agree that the email includes a very inflammatory statement, but for me, that statement is the punch line. The bit about "sense of humor" and "you gotta love it". Yeah, killing thousands of people is downright hilarious.
Every time I've received this email it's been from a professed Christian. Maybe they're not all the same denomination, maybe they don't agree on worship style or even the deity of Jesus, but they use the label Christian all the same. So here's my request:
If you call yourself a Christian and have gotten a kick out of this email, and maybe even forwarded it to others, I'd like to ask you to consider something. If you call yourself a Christian, then I assume you like Jesus Christ. His recorded teachings, his behavior, his kindness... these are traits I'll assume you aspire to. Then please consider this:
Would Christ laugh at the thought of thousands of people dying?
Would Christ value any person's life over another person's, based on race, religion or even past deeds?
Would Christ assign a high value to nationalism?
I personally don't think he would. But you have to decide for yourself.
To me, the email has exactly the same attitude as the Al-Qaeda terrorists. It's just on the other side of the conflict. The only difference between the email writer and a terrorist is which country they were born into, and which cultural heritage they picked up.
The email disappoints me. It infuriates me. It embarasses me.
We should do better.