Bonus Spin: Secret Santa Cycle

A little over 8 years ago the world stopped turning as 2 planes crashed into the world trade buildings in New York City.  It obviously affected each and every American, but I believe that it had a major impact on the world.  As the United States began taking action, the world either aligned with our plan or fiercely disagreed with it.

Many of the things that happened in the days, weeks, months, and years disturbed me.  Nothing was more upsetting to me than the way Muslims were thought of and discriminated against in a way that we should be ashamed of as a country.  I certainly hope that we have moved forward from those days (not fast enough for me) although I am not naive to think that discrimination has ended completely.

I never understood how intelligent people could believe that all Muslims believe and act the same way as those people who chose to board those planes and perform an act of war on America…and all Americans, many of whom are MUSLIM.  There is no doubt that Muslims were just as upset as every other American.  What happened in the time that followed with assaults, discrimination, and attacks on their Mosques.  The other thing that I can’t comprehend is that people believed that all Muslims are of one mind.

When Timothy McVeigh (a Caucasian Christian) bombed Oklahoma City, Caucasian Christians were not discriminated against because we understood that he was a radical and what he stood for did not represent all Christians.

Although I never thought badly about Muslims I also was very ignorant about their religion.  For the past 3 years I have worked with amazing students and families that are Muslim.  I have worked to become more educated about their religion out of enormous respect for the great kids and families that I have been blessed to have the pleasure of knowing during this time.  As I started my blog and began to check out what else was out there I stumbled upon one of the best websites (in my opinion) that is on this wonderful world wide web.

It has helped me come to a greater understanding of their religion.  This is such a service to us who need to be more educated about Muslims.  The greatest way to fight ignorance is education and although I understand that in no way, shape, or form is it their responsibility to do this.  However, if they are putting it out there then it is a great blessing for us to read and learn from them.

One of the greatest thing about this website there are 8 contributing authors.  This gives a great perspective of how people grouped together are so different.  One of the authors (Constructive Attitude) is a first year teacher so I always look forward to see what she has to say about her experience.  What a great role-model for her students!  I also feel that I am very similar to another author (Mrs Cullen) so I can’t wait to see what she has to say.  Take a moment to learn something and enjoy great writing…

These are the voices of different Muslim girls. We disagree, we argue, and each of us is unique with different opinions. In the hopes of teaching you something and making the world a little bit more open minded, we present to you our Symphonic Discord.

It also has one of my absolute favorite quotes right at the top:

Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has-Margaret Mead

Thinking about the websites that I enjoy I thought it was important to add a blog roll to my site…so check out some of my other favorite sites!

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14 Responses to Bonus Spin: Secret Santa Cycle

  1. oh wow, kate! thank you so much. we really appreciate this :) :) :) :)

    You just made my day a whole lot better!

  2. What a wonderful tribute to a site that is very much needed in this world! I can’t wait to pop over there and root around! You’re linked, Kate!

  3. Thanks so much for the shout out, Kate! You said such kind words! It totally made my day too =D

  4. Mrs. Cullen says:

    omg you are too sweet. Thanks for the kind words=) And now I really want to share my crazyy 9-11 stories with you. heheh

  5. Your words carry more weight that you can imagine. Lately the girls have been feeling out of it and kinda started losing their motivation and inspiration to keep writing.

    You did a better job of inspiring them to keep going than I could ever have.
    Thank you.

  6. Simply Me says:

    This was just tooooooo freaking sweet of you! I am so glad you enjoy our blog and am so flattered that you gave us a shout out!


  7. Words of wisdom Kate; I can’t wait to check it out!

  8. Hey, and thank you for putting me on your blogroll!
    I am touched.

  9. Mama Badger says:

    I’m going to head there next. Great tribute to a worthy subject. It pains me that people don’t think about the fact that EVERY religion has some fanatics that will cause some troubles, but the religion as a whole is there to help, and is a good thing. Hopefully this site is helping people realize that!

  10. Pseudo says:

    Well, now I have found both your blog and your recommendation through the spn this week. Popping on over to check it out.

  11. I love this Spin Tribute – like Pseudo, now I’ve found both your blog and your recommendation through this week’s Spin…I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog and checking out your recommendation! :)

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  13. nelson says:

    Hi there! I know this comment is so late, but I only got the chance to read this post today. I couldn’t leave without saying something.
    Your post is mind-opening and I hope people would understand what you want to say. I was working in saudi when the 9-11 happened and I had to leave that country immediately because I thought I was in the wrong place at that time. But then I realized that I have so many nice Muslim friends and they condemn 9-11 as much as Christians do. I went back to Saudi a year after to work for five years more. I realized that I could not judge a society by merely looking at the bad apples.
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