Excuse me, please, aren’t you a _____?

An invitation post for a cause I believe in, which I’d like to share. And if there are others among us who feel the same, hook up with Jimi’s blog –
https://projectfreefaith.wordpress.com

Project: Free Faith

Let me introduce Kunal Thakore, author of the blog “Random rants ruminations ramblings.” The first of hopefully many guest bloggers to add to the discussions here at Project: Free Faith. I hope you enjoy the message contained. Peace be with you.

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Excuse me, please, aren’t you a _____?”

A casual introduction to a stranger over a drink. “Hi, I’m ___!” “Oh, didn’t know you were a ___!”

Forms to filled in and documented as routine. I sign my name. One look and “Are you a ___?”

I pass a place of worship. I instinctively bow my head in reverence. My co-passenger asks me “Aren’t you a ___?”

A melee and a mob as I run an errand. I’m accosted. “You! Are you a ___?”

I stand at Immigration. I’m asked to step forward. “Good morning, sir, are you a ___?”

A midnight knock at the door…

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