Below is a letter I will be sending to Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. I'm asking for your help. Please read the letter and provide me with feedback. I need to make sure this letter makes an impact. Yes, I'm dead serious about its content. Yes, I will insert my real name and my university's name in the real letter.
Dear Senator Kerry and Senator Kennedy,
My name is Vavoom. I am an incoming graduate student at Fancypants University. As an incoming constituent, I seek your help. I am an American Muslim. I am appalled at the lack of vocalization by my fellow Muslims about the horrible actions of Islamofacist terrorists. I wish to organize a large scale protest, attended by moderate Muslims and the like to condemn the efforts of Islamofacist terrorists worldwide.
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. and a group of 250,000 converged in Washington. Protesters filled the Lincoln Memorial and reached the Washington Monument. Their voice echoed the plight of African Americans and was heard worldwide. Through collective action, these brave men and women were able to create lasting change that has left a legacy of tolerance and understanding for this nation. I seek to call upon moderate Muslims to join me in protest against Islamofacism. The message would be clear – as moderate Muslims we would call upon our radical “brethren” to cease their actions immediately. Akin to a muezzin's call to prayer, we will marshal the efforts of Muslims everywhere to reclaim our faith.
This country and Islam are being challenged by a common enemy, one that denigrates the greatness of both. As someone who loves both the United States and Islam, it has been painful to witness the actions of Islamofacist terrorist factions. Moderate Muslims have a unique ability to help this country. We have a deep understanding of Islamic culture and the American way of life. Yet, we simply have no voice. On the television are images of “Muslims” beheading innocent men and women. Strangely enough, Americans may be led to believe that this is the way of Islam. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Moderate Muslims must be given the opportunity to show the world that we stand against Al Qaeda, Hamas and the like. We can demonstrate to the world that we are a peaceful force to be reckoned with. Only through such action can we end the cycle of violence that our nation has entered.
Absent such action, Al Qaeda will continue to believe that Muslims everywhere are behind them. Suddenly, they will realize that we all have family in the very countries that they seek refuge. Similarly, Muslims abroad will be emboldened to take a stand against radical Islamists.
You are in the unique position to help me in this endeavour. I am but one man. I need the help of conscientious political figures such as yourself. This is a wonderful opportunity to mobilize the millions of Muslims in this country and billions more worldwide. I understand the risks associated with organizing something of this magnitude. Most certainly, my life would be at risk. I am willing to risk my life to save my religion and my country, simultaneously. I beg you, please help me make this happen.
I arrive in Boston on August 1, 2005. I seek a meeting to discuss this opportunity with you and further elaborate how you can help me make this happen. I understand that you must receive thousands of e-mails a day. I also know that I am just one of millions that you represent. For a moment, please consider the impact such collective action would have.
Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.