european logic

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“No-one voted to be poorer? Well, I did! I not only voted to be poorer, I also voted for the pound, the economy, industry and jobs to take a hit…..but don’t worry, the only people losing their jobs will be people on the European bandwagon. There’s no way anyone else will lose their job as a result of my vote. Which I’m so proud of I’m writing this letter, by the way. You’ll all thank me when the Global Freedom Benefits come flooding in.”

Thing that really annoys me about people choosing to abstain from voting between Trump and Clinton is that, like…

I’m from Scotland, and I abstained from voting in Brexit. About whether or not the UK should leave the European Union.

My logic at the time I felt was sound. I didn’t know much about either side, and I felt that to vote based on what little knowledge I did have would be stupid. I felt that if you were going to vote for something so important, you should know enough about the thing before going into it.

Abstaining from voting in Brexit is one of the biggest regrets I have.

The night before the results came in I was getting more and more worried. I was talking to other people in Britain about it and following websites and… and I was really getting worried. I was really starting to hope that my country wouldn’t be stupid enough to vote us out the EU. Everyone had been telling me I should vote; not even what to vote for, just that I should vote and not let it go to waste. I didn’t listen. I had remained sound in my judgement that you should only vote if you have enough knowledge about what you’re voting for.

The next morning the results came in. Brexit had won. We were getting removed from the EU - not immediately of course; only over the course of the next two years, it’d take a lot of time to sort that out. But I was distraught. Why did we leave the EU? What was the point? What did it really get us? What was the reasoning behind the people voting to leave? I really wished I had voted. But no, all throughout; I had remained sound in my judgement that you should only vote if you have enough knowledge about what you’re voting for.

As the day and the next few days and the next few weeks went on it got worse. UKIP - an extremely racist party - had been one of the main forces behind voting for Brexit, so it felt like it was a huge victory for them. All across the country a bunch of racist people felt like they had won and felt… I don’t know, suddenly felt justified. You heard reports about them telling people of any other nationality more and more to ‘go home’ or whatever. You heard just so much racist shit happening across the country. When I looked at the poll results, I got even more pissed. Scotland had in a landslide voted to stay in the EU. London had in a landslide voted to stay in the EU. The entire age group under 50 had in a landslide voted to stay in the EU. But instead the rest of England and the age group over 50 had won. They’d taken the vote. More older racist people had voted than younger, and they got what they wanted. There were articles everywhere about how, essentially, the older generation that wouldn’t get to live to really see how this had turned out had ruined the future of the younger generation - our generation. My regret couldn’t be higher; but no, at the time, I felt sound in my judgement that you should only vote if you have enough knowledge about what you’re voting for.


And I’m seeing this happen again in America, but to an even more ridiculous extent. I wouldn’t even be able to use the excuse of not having enough knowledge of what to vote for; because it’s so obvious and in-your-face of who’s the worst of the two. If you don’t vote for Hillary and Trump wins, you’re going to be worrying the night before. If you don’t vote for Hillary and Trump wins, you’re going to question why the fuck that happened the morning the results are announced. If you don’t vote for Hillary and Trump wins; you’re going to find your entire country being more disgustingly racist than ever before, the older generation having a victory they’ll never live to enjoy and instead ruin it for you, and find older, primitive, idiotic parties fueled by hate getting more traction than they should ever be allowed to. 

Please don’t do what I did. Please vote for Hillary. I don’t care how bad she might be; when the morning of the results come, you’re going to wish you voted for her. If nothing else, vote so that you don’t feel the immense regret and guilt in your stomach I now do.

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Every woman should wear a hijab to protest Isamaphobia, says Austria's President
The President of Austria has called for all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight “rampant Islamophobia”. Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, said freedom of expression was a fundamental right.
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Germany opens its first 'liberal' mosque in Berlin
The Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque, which is housed inside a Protestant Christian church in Berlin, is the first of its kind for the country.

They buried the lede:

The Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque, which is housed inside a Protestant church in Berlin, is the first of its kind in Germany.

The first of many, I’m sure.

anonymous asked:

Okay you know what. ISIS r doing good work. Getting rid of those stupid Yazidi kurds weirdass satan worshipping maniacs. All of the kurds are so odd and not muslim enough. Also like what Saddam did wasnt even that bad, he just bombed a couple of villages with gas and thats it. Thats nothing compared to hitler. So while ISIS might be a bit extreme i still think that there are certain ethnic groups that just shouldnt exist.

We got a winner here, somebody who supports genocide and ethnic cleansing. The fact that you don’t think certain ethnic groups should exist. That’s genocide you are supporting here. Yes, xenophobia and ethno-religious tensions exists in a big part of the world, and I sincerely hope you realise your thinking is highly disturbing because it’s one thing to not want to live with or associate with a group of people and another to think they shouldn’t EXIST. Genocide doesn’t need to be committed on the scale of the Holocaust to be genocide, btw. 

Not that bad? Around 50 000 to 180 000 Kurdish civilians were killed y’know. So is what the Americans did when they invaded Iraq okay then, by your logic? Cos like the civilian death toll was similar (about 100k)? Are we gonna start putting a price tag on human lives? So should Palestinians not complain because their cumulative death toll is less than what happened to European Jews? By your logic, this is an oppression Olympics, really then, you shouldn’t be complaining about how Kurdish people have hurt Arabs, because it’s nothing compared to the Armenian genocide (1 million dead) or the Rwandan genocide (800, 000- 1 million), or the Cambodian genocide, or the Soviet POWs killed by the Nazis, the Chinese murdered by the Empire of Japan- much less the Holocaust itself. 

Wow, wow…you wanna use HITLER as a standard? The cesspool of humanity as a standard? Not universal human rights like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Genocide Convention?  

Strange you say Kurds are not Muslim enough when you’re spewing such things, but there’s this famous Quranic verse: 

“If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole of mankind: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.”

How about you think about what happened if tomorrow, ISIS or America or some other powerful entity changed their mind and decided YOU shouldn’t exist because of your ethnicity or religion or just how you looked at them on the street? Maybe you should think twice about saying so freely that certain groups “shouldn’t exist”.  If you wanna accept a principle, you gotta be willing to apply it to all relevant situations.By your logic, from the standpoint of the “West”, they could easily say, “hey all Muslims shouldn’t exist then there would be no more terrorist attacks, let’s just drop a nuke and be done with it!”

For anyone interested in educating themselves on Yazidis and their religion, which is frequently misunderstood, btw- here you go. They are not Satanists (and whatever they believe anw, genocide for your religion was supposed to be out of fashion with the Genocide Convention).