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A Horrible Man

July 5th, 2008 (11:18 am)

I went to a Fourth of July party at a friend's house last night. It was an eclectic, international group. In fact, most of the people there were from overseas, especially from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Everyone was fun and interesting -- with one exception.

I was chatting with several people about languages. A Hungarian woman who had tried to teach Hungarian to Americans was remarking about how difficult it is for Americans to learn languages that use different alphabets. She mentioned Chinese and Arabic. Another person and I both remarked on the beauty of Arabic letter forms. When I left the group to refill my drink, a man who had been eavesdropping followed me. He started haranguing me about having said something positive about Arabic. He said Arabic is an evil language, a language of violence, and that all Arabs and all Muslims are terrorists, and that he didn't understand why I didn't know that, after 9/11. Of course I said it's just not true, that most Muslims are not terrorists and do not condone the 9/11 attacks. He said that just by being Muslim, they are supporting terrorism. He claimed that Muslims are much worse than even the Nazis -- that while the Nazis committed atrocities, they at least repented them later, but that the Muslims do not repent their atrocities and never will. This horrible man was making me nauseous, and I managed to slip away from him and to keep my distance after that.

After the party, my husband said he'd had a run-in with the same man, only this time the guy was ranting and raving against Russians. He's from Poland, so I guess it's logical that he may harbor some resentment against Russia, but with several Russian guests at the party, he could have kept his views to himself. I wish he'd kept all of his views to himself.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: July 5th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)

I agree. What a horrible person!

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