Three Of The Twelve Storm Shelters In Houston Are Islamic Centers
It can sometimes be easy to let fear dictate our choices, both as individuals and as a national government. The President has been crusading for a travel ban which would bar individuals from certain countries from entering our nation, and earlier this month, white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. Despite the hate-fueled rhetoric that's now being given a megaphone, it's important to remember that no American is defined by the color of his or her skin.
To remind us, Twitter user Qasim Rashid posted this picture:
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, entire communities in Texas have banded together to keep each other safe. Another Twitter user, upon seeing the above sentiment, replied with an interesting and inspiring fact:
@Samuel_Hudson then sarcastically solidified his point:
"American" millionaire Joel Osteen, senior pastor at Lakewood Church, began drawing criticism when he refused to open the church's doors to flood victims:
Some people had heard a rumor that Lakewood was inaccessible, but those rumors were quickly shut down:
When it comes to Mr. Osteen, Twitter was forgiving:
After several days of pressure from the media, Osteen finally gave in and agreed to open the doors of his church to flood victims. For many, however, it was too little too late:
Flood victims began arriving almost immediately:
Osteen appeared on television to clarify the reason for his delay in opening Lakewood's doors, but (if you'll pardon the expression) his explanation didn't quite hold water:
Meanwhile, Muslim individuals in Texas are going out of their way to help in any way possible. That's what it means to be a real American.