The idea of a "million Muslim march" event in Lodi by Muslims to publicly denounce terrorism has officially died, say those involved.Okay, just to make it very clear to my Muslim friends, this is how mainstream America will interpret this: Muslims can't get together and agree that terrorism's bad.
Envisioned in late June as a response to the allegations of terrorists in Lodi's Muslim community, the idea drew the interest of Mayor John Beckman, conservative radio host Mark Williams, the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and local Muslims.
Interest waned, however, when it became apparent the deep division in Lodi's Muslim community would make organizing such an event difficult if not impossible. It appears it has become impossible, as Beckman said this week the event will not be happening.
Is that the right conclusion to draw? I honestly don't know. YOU HAVE TO TELL US!!! If YOU want for US to understand what this news means, you're going to have to explain it to us, in terms we can understand. If you don't think that's your responsibility, then please don't get upset if/when we draw the wrong conclusion. When your more activism brethren do something radical, we have no way of knowing whether you agree with what they're doing or not. Normally, if there's a danger that I might be tarred with another person's outrageous actions or opinions, I would tend to take my own actions to clearly distance myself from that person and his actions. If my twin brother was a violent racist claiming solidarity with me, I would take steps to make clear distinctions between the two of us. If I didn't do so, members of the public might be forgiven for assuming we were on the same page.