Is peace not important?

Incident at the Rye Playland in New York happened because of so many reasons.  Both sides have their own story to tell and people around or spectators have their own versions of the story, which most of the time leans toward the party they want to take side with.

This park imposed a ban on wearing any sort of headgear that may cause danger or accident on certain rides, about 3 years ago.  This rule is clear and for everybody.  It  was not even made specifically to a particular group of people, especially the Muslims.  There is no exception to this rule.

When the Muslims went to the park, they were already informed about the rule and it was of course understood that they had to follow it.  There was no doubt that they went there to have fun as this is also the reason why the park is made.   The president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – New York admitted that the incident happened because of a lot of miscommunication.  That some of them were unaware of the head-scarf rule.

The way I see it, this incident happened because of the non-compliance of the Muslims on the rule imposed by the park which led to chaos and to the arrest of 15 Muslims.  I don’t think this happened because they are Muslims.  It is just so easy to pass fault to others when in fact, the fault started with them.   The anniversary of the 9 11 may be coming up but being a Muslim is not the reason for it.  It is just so sad that incident like this happen and it is involving the Muslims whose name was made worse because of Osama bin Laden.  This could have been avoided only if everybody will just follow rules and regulations being imposed.  It is more of giving respect to the rules and regulations of a small community or to the laws of the country where you are in.  Peace should be the goal of everyone or is it not important?

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2 Responses to Is peace not important?

  1. dcoleman03 says:

    I continue to stress that….. how could the park officials be sure that all parties knew the head gear rule of the park if they weren’t informed upon arrival to the park? It could have been stated on the news, in the paper at a council meeting, or what have you but unfortunately it is unfair to assume that everyone has access to the information unless presented to people at the park. I believe peace is very important but because race and ethnicity place such a huge role in the way society functions, i believe it will take a great deal of time and effort for the world to be at peace. Your last paragraph makes a strong statement, “The anniversary of the 9 11 may be coming up but being a Muslim is not the reason for it.” Not to be rude or offensive but I am unsure what this statement means and the relation it has to the topic. Yes, this situation is about Muslims, but I don’t see/understand the correlation between the Rye Playland incident and the 9-11 attacks. Could you please clarify the relevance of this statement? I’m not sure that the hijab issue was really started because either side was pointing blame on the other but more so because of the rule confusion. Yes, the women believed that the rule singled out the Muslim culture and I can understand why she may feel that way, but on the other hand I understand the significance of the safety issue. My main question/concern is why after the park had already been open for a few years why headgear became a safety concern later down the road. Safety officials didn’t know ahead of time (before the park began operation) that projectile objects would be a safety hazard?

  2. A.P. Colucci says:

    I’d like to ask a question at a broader, more big-picture level. It seems that you feel that rules are rules, and they are to be followed regardless of one’s feelings as to the fairness of the rules. If this were the case, slavery could still be in effect today. Were it not for those people who felt rules unfair, standing up and demanding justice, would we not still have segregated schools? As you get older, you start to see things as less black and white, cut and dry issues, and you can start to see the grey area in the middle. We, as a society, have to be very careful to walk a fine line of following those rules which we all feel are just, and questioning and challenging those rules we feel are unjust.

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