Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Khizr Khan


Among the speeches made at the Democratic National Convention, that Fox News didn’t air, were remarks made by Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier.

With his wife at his side a tall proud father explained:  “Tonight, we are honored to stand here as the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.

“Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed.  We believed in American democracy — that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.

“We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free.
Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer.  But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers.

“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America.’  If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.  Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.  He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership.  He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.” 

(At this point, Khizr Khan reached into his jacket pocket and held up a copy of our Constitution.)

He said: “Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future.  Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution?  I will gladly lend you my copy.  In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’

“Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery?  Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.  You have sacrificed nothing and no one.

“We can't solve our problems by building walls and sowing division.  We are Stronger Together.  And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our next President.”

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