Rais Bhuiyan is a devout Muslim who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh. He is also a victim of the a “9/11 revenge” shooting spree which left two others dead: one Muslim and one Hindu. The (unrepentant) killer, Mark Anthony Stroman, is to be executed tomorrow – July 20th, but Bhuiyan wants a Texas court to spare his life. He has created the worldwithouthate.org project to petition for clemency:
Hate crimes are criminal actions intended to harm or intimidate people because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. Whether it’s a crime based on ethnicity, race or sexual orientation, hate crimes are an insult to humanity. We all need to remember – all human beings are born free and entitled to all the rights and freedoms without distinction of any race, color, religion, sex, nationality, etc.
Hate doesn’t bring a peaceful solution to any situation, which I realized after I became a victim of a hate crime because of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center tragedy. This single incident changed my entire life and helped me to realize that hate only brings fear, misery, resentment and disaster into human lives. It creates obstacles to healthy human growth, which, in turn, diminishes society as a whole.
Bhuiyan wrote an editorial in the Dallas Morning News telling his story and explaining his position in detail, available here, which is worth your time to read. The editor of the DMN wrote a piece on the various responses the paper received after running the article, which you can read here.