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“You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law.”

November 1, 2011

Mr. Crockett Keller, I believe that means you too. Even if I was a staunch Conservative Republican and a Bible-belt Christian, I would not want to take your class.

The Huffington Post (I do question their articles at times, but you can always trust them to unearth the weirdest things, hence this article) posted an  article today about a Concealed Weapons Instructor, Crockett Keller, who in his radio ad for his class stated that he would not teach “people who voted for Obama” nor Muslims, because, as the title of this post states, “You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgable and prudent decision as required under law.”

Now, since it is Mr. Keller’s class one might defend his right  to choose who he admits into the class, but at the same time, it’s a public  business! It’s like denying African Americans the right to shop in whichever store they pleased during Segregation: it’s wrong. You can’t deny business–the whole point of a shop or restaurant or class!–to a person because of their ethnicity or religion. And while their might not be a law that prohibits serving people based on  their political choices, denying someone attendance in  the class because they voted for a certain candidate also has an uneasy air to it.

Furthermore, how is Mr. Keller going to determine if somebody voted for Obama, or is a practicing Muslim? There are plenty of Muslims who are not Arab–how is he going to pick them out, unless he point-blank asks them when they sign up?

Although deplorable, I would understand more if this was Mr. Keller’s private viewpoint, which he silently used when allowing people to take his class; yet this man brashly and boldly went on the radio and spoke these crazy words! “The fact is if you are a devout Muslim then you cannot be a true American,” Mr.Keller is heard saying on the ad. Being a racist is usually NOT something that is going to get you public support, nor is making such ignorant claims such as this one going to make people believe that you know what you’re talking about.

His lack of shame is perhaps most astonishing: “Once again, with no shame; I am Crockett Keller … thank you and God bless America,” he says as a way of sign-off. He even admits that the ad is controversial. Did he really think that no one would complain about the ad? By default, Americans should be accepting of one another despite our many differences. America’s supposed to be a place where people take some pride in their leader, even when they did not vote for him. America is a country composed of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Socialists, Whites, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Arabs, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Pagans and anyone else that I missed. There is no room in America for blatantly ignorant and hateful attitudes such as his. America is supposed to be about tolerance and equality.

His ad is anything but.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    I really liked your article. I saw a brilliant video that talked about the people of Islam versus the political Islamists. Throughout history groups of people hungry for power have taken on the labels of groups of faith and used them as excuses for violence, hatred and suppression. Whenever I meet people of real faith they are marked by love and acceptance. When I hear screams of intolerance I shut down. Thanks for your intelligent insight. D.

    • November 11, 2011 8:16 PM

      Exactly right–there’s always a difference between fanatics/militants versus the average people who practice a religion. Unfortunately for Islam, the militants have realized that violence and extremism “work” to their benefit and so they use it. All religions have fanatics, yet we seem to hear about the Muslims the most.

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