Thursday, June 1, 2017

Muslim charity website raises money for Portland hero-victims

I've previously praised the Muslim crowd-funding charity site, which provides a site for individuals or groups to start a fund-raiser for some good cause.

Within just a few days after the tragic deaths of two young men, and the severe injury of another, who came to the defense of two young women on the Portland, Oregon trolley, a LaunchGood project raised more than half a million dollars for the men's families.

You probably know the story.   An angry, 35 year old white man, Jeremy Christian, known for expressing white supremacist beliefs, began yelling racist and anti-Muslim slurs at the two young women, one of whom was black and the other was wearing a hijab.    When three men, who were also passengers on the trolley, came to their defense and tried to subdue the attacker, he stabbed each one in the neck with a knife.   Two of them died, the other is recovering.

The LaunchGood organizers wrote that:  "No amount of money will bring back the victims, but we do hope to lessen the families' burdens in some way. . . . We wish to respond to hate with love, to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action."

It took President Trump three days to even mention this hate crime and the death of two brave young men.    If the identities had been reversed, ie a Muslim attacking white women, does anyone doubt that he would have rushed to the TV cameras to denounce the terrorist and blame the judges who won't let him close our borders to Muslims?

But when the attacker was a white supremacist, Trump didn't even utter a tweet for three days.


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