US – the Home of Cowards

Donald and his xenophobic, misanthropic republican candidates are ruining our party – that is, the party of citizens who know the right thing to do. The mariner will rejoin this comment after the reader reads the next few paragraphs.

Muslim passengers defended Christian passengers during an extremist attack on a bus in Kenya on Monday.

Members of the al-Shabaab militant organization shot at a bus in Mandera, Kenya, forcing it to stop. Once the militants boarded the bus, they attempted to separate Muslim and Christian passengers, intending to kill the Christians on board, the BBC reported.

“We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly,” Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim passenger, told Reuters . “The militants threatened to shoot us but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left but warned that they would be back.”

The local governor, Ali Roba, confirmed the account in an interview with Daily Nation , a Kenyan publication. “They refused to separate from non-Muslims and told the attacks to kill all passengers or leave,” Roba said. There were 62 passengers on board, according to the paper.

Even though the passengers stuck together so well, two people were killed and three were injured.


A British Muslim family heading for Disneyland was barred from boarding a flight to Los Angeles by US authorities at London’s Gatwick airport amid concerns of an American overreaction to the perceived terrorist threat.

US Department of Homeland Security officials provided no explanation for why the country refused to allow the family of 11 to board the plane even though they had been granted travel authorization online ahead of their planned 15 December flight.

Senior [British] politicians have been drawn into the case, warning that a growing number of British Muslims are being barred from the US without being told the reason for their exclusion.


Striking photos of unity have emerged from the chaos in Egypt as Christian protesters stood together to protect Muslims as they prayed.

A group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslims protesters left vulnerable as they knelt in prayer. ‘Bear in mind that this was a month after Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other.’

The suicide bombing, shortly after the New Year’s Day, killed 23 Coptic Christians, who make up 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million person population.


A passenger plane carrying singer Cat Stevens to Washington was diverted to another city 600 miles away yesterday so the musician could be escorted off the flight by FBI agents and sent back to Britain.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the singer, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam, was denied access to the US “on national security grounds”.

Flight 919 from London to Washington was diverted to Bangor International Airport in Maine, after US security officials were told Mr Islam was aboard.

He had been allowed to board the flight after United Airlines officials initially failed to spot his name on a watch list, the TSA said. The plane, carrying about 250 passengers, was held at Bangor for more than three hours before being allowed to continue its journey to Washington.

Mr Islam was questioned and told he would have to leave the US. His 21-year-old daughter, who was travelling with him, was allowed to remain in the country.

The deputy general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, Mohammad Abdul Bari, expressed dismay at the US authorities’ actions.


Pakistani Muslims Form Human Chain To Protect Christians During Mass

Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.

The mariner is embarrassed by the behavior of US citizens and the government. Sadly, these few anecdotes were in the midst of many, many more – each depicting grownup judgment – not even mentioning bravery – displayed by foreign Christians and Muslims in the face of weapons and terrorists, and on the contrary, the childish, selfish imbeciles within the US. Some are candidates running for President!!!! Allah be praised.

Chicken Little is bothered – not panicking but definitely bothered. There are two issues at stake. The first is prejudging race and culture. It happens easily all over the world but it is a coward’s folly. Is the good ol’ USA a coward? Isn’t it enough that US citizens must have a gun in every pot? Guns and deliberate racism – what a mix!

Mariner could go on but his dander is up. The least we can do is organize a neighborhood watch not for the little children but for the Muslims and their mosques. Is there a way we could contact Imams to let them know we will actively protect their members and mosques? Don’t ask police to do this job; they are too militarized as it is.

The second issue is that a very important election lay ahead. Voters must hear clearly the arguments for two political parties that will take us in opposite directions in the future. The US is on the cusp of serious modifications either way. Having racism derail common sense (AKA grownup judgment) as has so often occurred in the South, will be disastrous. The citizens with moral judgment and a sense of cultural and national identity must step up to the war mongering. Do not let the media handle it; they are incompetent. There. The mariner said it. He agrees with Donald: the media is incompetent. However, killing a reporter has never occurred to the mariner – yet – but he has a list, Glenn.

Ancient Mariner

4 thoughts on “US – the Home of Cowards

  1. Good for you! I wish this posting could be shared with a wider audience. I too am sickened by the vile language and vicious actions against Muslim citizens in this country. It seems that Trump and his stooges have given license for the crypto-Nazis to crawl out from the sewers where they’ve been lurking. I despair for our country. Thanks for this posting.

  2. I was conversing with some Trump supporters some days ago, listening to their reasoning, or lack thereof. I said to the most vocal of them that the nomination of Trump would doom the GOP’s chances in the general election. He told me if that were the case, the United States was no longer God’s chosen nation on earth.
    I remember the conservative Christians referring to New Orleans’ demise by hurricane as God’s work. Perhaps the current weather onslaught experienced by the Bible belt is indeed Allah’s work………

    • Greetings, Marc –
      It seems that Christians run into trouble when they poke around in the Jewish Bible without reading the Christian half first. Those Christians devout enough to want to read the Bible inevitably start with page 1, book 1, that is, Genesis. Likely few continue on to the NT. The contradiction comes where the OT God calls the shots for the physical world in a personal way, that is, God rules events in each person’s life. The NT God does not control history or the weather – It’s the people who have to change. I hear your consternation. Maybe Allah doesn’t worry about the weather, either?

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