“Good people need to stand up and say, ‘We’ve seen this before,
and we’re not going to let it happen again.'”
–Representative Keith Ellison, a Muslim
Seventy years ago, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government placed 110,000 Japanese Americans behind barbed wire. Today, Representative Michele Bachmann is making claims that an Islamist group has infiltrated the U.S. government.
Fear and ignorance are slippery slopes.
According to an article in the Washington Post: Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said that Bachmann’s accusations “reflect a general pattern of Islamophobia that touches too many areas of our society.”
This is one reason we must remember our history–even the ugly parts–so we don’t let it happen again.