US Muslims ask John Kerry for protection on Mecca pilgrimage

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Concerned for Americans soon headed to Mecca, 27 Muslim-American groups are asking the State Department to better protect them from the sort of violent incidents that have plagued those who have made the pilgrimage in the past.

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Concerned for Americans soon headed to Mecca, 27 Muslim-American groups are asking the State Department to better protect them from the sort of violent incidents that have plagued those who have made the pilgrimage in the past.

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(RNS) After last year's attack on U.S. citizens in Mecca, a coalition is petitioning the State Department to better protect pilgrims who undertake the Muslim hajj.

  • gilhcan

    It is impossible for the United States to provide protection for its own citizens who persist in traveling to a foreign setting that has been so long besieged with atrocious behavior because of religion. Mecca is not a part of the United States. It is up to other nations, especially those nations under religions that practice atrocities against their own and against others, to stop those atrocities in the name of justice, goodness, and decency which religion is supposed to support.

    When safety in the face of such expected religious atrocities is a fear or threat, the only solution is to not go to such places, not even Mecca, not even the Vatican, if just and respectful safety cannot be presumed.

    This nation’s founders were wise enough with their knowledge of history to realize that mixing religion and government was as volatile as mixing royalty with efforts to be a democracy. Protective separation of church and state is a natural, human right embedded in the very first clause of the First Amendment to our Constitution.

    That wise and vitally necessary separation has often been disregarded in this country in the past, each time with disastrous results. It is being disregarded more and more by many today, even in government, and that is preventing us from being a democracy, from being safe in many ways.

    Freedom of religion must be protected, and that includes freedom from religion. Individuals must mind their own affairs when it comes to religious beliefs. The United States was the first to constitute itself separate from religion. To finally achieve and maintain democracy, we must continue to pursue that separation honestly and thoroughly. We certainly must not involve ourselves in other nations where danger exists because of mixing religion with government. That is violently, expansively true throughout the Middle East.

  • rob

    Your understanding it wrong. what you said the last part about individuals is wrong .. The government cant seek to convert some one to any religion yet a individual can. because they have freedom to practice their religion ..

    its the government that cant put a political candidate . to any religious test
    a individual can put a candidate through any religious test they desire..

    government cant discriminate against divorcées or women or most any thing else individuals can. and do in their voting places all the time

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  • opheliart


    State of Indiana
    A friend was working in a mall and saw three Muslim children playing near a fountain in the presence of their Muslim dad (two young boys and a young girl about seven or eight). The boys were getting wet. The girl tipped her head in to get it wet and her dad began “smacking her around.” My friend called security, and mall security came and spoke to the man.

    These are questions that American citizens should ask:
    We are taught to see the signs of abuse, especially in our neighborhood.

    If the dad is willing to do that to his daughter in a public place, what is he capable of at home?

    As citizens of America, should this be tolerated because the female is of a lesser status in the culture of the Islamic Religion/State?

    How will the government of the United States of America address this very obvious abuse?

    Where is there a separation of Religion and State in behaviors of this nature on America soil in the presence of American citizens where children are taught to NOT hit or hurt another (even before reaching age one)?

    Should the police have been notified as well, and information taken for police record, possibly even jail time or a steep fine?

    If we are to have a NO TOLERANCE “LAW” on the abuse of children, then don’t you think we need to be vigilant across the board?

    Peace and Love

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  • I’m sympathetic to the non-Sunni or non-Wahabi people making the Hajj. But, short of asking Saudi Arabia to allow us to send armed guards with the those making the pilgrimage, I can’t see what Secretary Kerry is supposed to do. After all, our government hasn’t even gotten Saudi Arabia to stop it’s own citizens form being the main funders of every major terrorist group on the planet. Clearly, the Saudis are largely, as a people, donating to destroy the Us and the Western World, even if the Saudi Government doesn’t fund it formally. Given their oil power over us, and given that they don’t care at all what happens to the entire West, and given that they actually purged their country of all the houses of worship of the countless religions that used to exist there, it’s hard to see how they promise tolerance to anyone and make it believable. The world capital of underground financing of Sunni Islamic Hate is itself Saudi Arabia. Those few Muslims that don’t accept universal Sharia Law, and their number is small no matter how the media twists it, have yet to face what Saudi Arabia is. It is the author of 9/11, and it’s proxies the creators of the lame excuses Bush made for invading the Middle East and ruining it further. ISIS has support all among the Saudi people, and secretly, even within the Royal Family itself. What on earth could Kerry say that would cause a monster regime like this to suddenly “care deeply and warmly for the safety of its American brothers.” Wahbi-Salfism is the greatest Fascist movement the world has ever known since maybe the time of the Inquisition; so how on earth are they to treat us as buddies that they’ll lovingly watch over. If moderate non-Wahabi American Muslims go there, no one can protect them.

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  • TaterSalad

    So now these Muslim barbarians want the tax payers to pick up the tab for their vacations, providing security in other countries?

    These moronic nutcases can take a flying leap!

  • TaterSalad

    Got it!

    America provide their security! We send John Kerry, Barack Obama, John Brennan, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle Obama and the rest of the dirtbags as the security detail. Weapons not provided since all of the above do not want anything to do with the 2nd. Amendment.

  • Chucky77

    They should have gone to the top and asked Obama to write a sternly worded letter.

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  • Geraldine

    I totally agree with going to Spain this year I’m not a Muslim therefore no one will hate me and I won’t need an army to protect far as I’m aware Muslim are not wanted anywhere?

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