Email yang saya terima setelah sekian lama ini masih saya simpan.
Walaupun datangnya dari penulis yang bukan saudara seagama, namun, nasihat, kata-kata serta penghargaan kepada seluruh wanita yang bergelar muslimah menyentuh hati saya.
Email ini agak panjang. Maka, saya ceraikan email ini kepada beberapa siri. Sebab sangat panjang untuk ditaip. Ini siri yang pertama. Semoga kita mendapat manfaat darinya.
A letter from a Christian to Muslim women
March 7th, 2007
By Joanna Francis
Writer, Journalist -USA
Between the Israeli assault on Lebanon and the Zionist "war on terror", the Muslim world is now at the center stage in every American home. I see the carnage, I see the death and destruction that have befallen Lebanon, but I also see something else; I see you. I can't help but notice that almost every women I see is carrying a baby or has children around her. I see that though they are dressed modestly, their beauty still shines through. But it's not just outer beauty I notice. I also notice that I feel something strange inside me: I feel envy. I feel terrible for the horrible experiences and war crimes that the Lebanese people have suffered, being targeted by our common enemy. But I can't help but your strength, your beauty, your modesty, and most of all your happiness.
Yes, it's strange, but it occured to me that even under constant bombardment, you still seem happier than we are, because you were still living the natural lives of women. The way women always lived since the beginning of time. It used to be that way in the West until 1960's, when we were bombarded by the same enemy. Only we were not bombarded by active munitions, but with subtle trickery and moral corruptions.
They bombarded us Americans from Hollywood, instead of fighter jets or with our own American-made tanks. They would like to bomb you in this way too, after they've finished bombing the infrastructure of your countries. I do not want this to happen to you. You will feel degraded, just like we do. You can avoid this kind of bombing if you will kindly listen to those of us who have already suffered serious casualties from their evil influences. Because everything you see coming out from Hollywood is a pack of lies, a distortion of reality, smoke and mirrors. They present casual sex as harmless recreation because they aim to destroy the moral fabric of the societies into which they beam their poisonous programming. I beg you not to drink their poison. There is no antidote for it once you have consumed it. You may recover partially, but you may not be the same. Better to avoid the poison altogether than try to heal from the damage it causes.
They will try to tempt you with titillating movies and music videos, falsely portraying us American women as happy and satisfied, proud of dressing like prostitutes, and content without families. Most if us are not happy, trust me. They would like to destroy your families and convince you to have fewer children. They do this by presenting marriage as a form of slavery, motherhood as a curse, and being modest and pure as old-fashioned. They want you to cheapen yourself and lose your faith. They are like the Serpent that tempting Eve with the apple. Don't bite.