Chris Herbert is a veteran of the British Army, a soldier who lost his leg in combat while serving in Iraq in 2007. As CNN reports, a bomb went off next to his vehicle, an explosion that injured two more soldiers, and took the life of one more.
In the wake of this traumatic event, Herbert has found that those around often expect him to be Islamophobic, and hold those of the Muslim faith responsible for his losses. Herbert absolutely does not subscribe to these beliefs, and was so upset by these assumptions that he took to Facebook to set the record straight.
“Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up,” Herbert vented on Facebook.
He quickly acknowledged that “Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.” He immediately proceeds to recognize the people of the Muslim faith that saved his life that day.
Herbert then powerfully points out that Islamophobia operates on the most deeply flawed logic:
“Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church.”
And he has some sage advice for those that operate from a place of hate:
“Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.”
Read Herbert’s whole post here.
(Image via Facebook)