Friday, July 29, 2016

Humayan On Our Minds

By Miss Kubelik

Thank God it's Friday, as they say. This is the day that a certain road close to where we live is totally jammed — because a mosque is there, and traffic backs up, big time, as Virginia families get directed by county police into the Islamic center's vast parking lot. We cats usually try to avoid driving in that area on days like today, because it invariably adds an extra 10 minutes to our trip.

This is our long-winded way of saying that we have a lot of Muslim-American neighbors in this bellwether Virginia county. Which is just fine with us.

We've been thinking about all those folks in their suburban SUVs who were trying to get into the mosque for Friday prayers today. What were they talking about as they patiently waited for Prince William County's finest to direct them into the car park? Were they, perhaps, discussing the extraordinary appearance last night at the Democratic National Convention by Khizr Kahn, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004?

We can't imagine that they weren't. Goodness gracious, it was probably the dominant issue not just in people's cars but during the Friday services themselves. And did their imam encourage them to register to vote, so that the repulsive hater Donald Drumpf could be humiliated in November? (Interestingly, it appears that online searches for voter registration information shot up during Mr. Khan's amazing "Donald Trump, have you read the US Constitution?" speech.)

We cats urge our new hero, Khizr Khan, to travel his home-state Commonwealth of Virginia — and other states, like Michigan — and urge his fellow Muslim-Americans to register to vote and turn out to defeat the hatred, ignorance and bigotry of Donald Trump. And we send our sincerest condolences to Mr. Khan and his wife, Ghazala, for their loss. What a contrast between them and Patricia Smith at the Republican National Convention, no? We cats PURR.

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