Trevor Brookins

*If all Muslims are terrorists then all black people are lazy and on welfare and trying to get society to support them or they are athletes, rappers or singers.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all women are helpless beings who need men to support them because they are not as capable.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all Jews are interested in nothing but money which is why they all become doctors or lawyers.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all Mexican-Americans are illegal immigrants who cannot speak English and have no quantifiable skill and they are all stealing jobs from real Americans by working for less than minimum wage.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all Irish-Americans are Catholic and are one of a dozen siblings all of whom they see each day at the pub for happy hour where they drink Guinness.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all Italian-Americans are associated with organized crime and are therefore personally responsible for the corruption in national, state, and local politics and law enforcement.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all Caucasians are uneducated country bumpkins who sleep with their sisters after selling and using meth amphetamine except for the few who run the global conspiracies responsible for keeping everyone else from being rich.

If all Muslims are terrorists then all gay men speak in soprano voices and are involved in the fashion industry while all lesbians cut their hair into mullets. And all gay people in general are desperately advancing their agenda so that they can make everyone a homosexual.

But if all Muslims are not terrorists, and if in fact there are many different types of believer within Islam, then the moderate faction of Muslims in lower New York deserve a place to meet and celebrate their culture. Those Muslims, who denounce the September 11th attacks, should be able to have a cultural center near Ground Zero.

Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War.  You can reach him at [email protected].