Here in Indianapolis this week, we had a tragedy. A tragedy of a loving and kind family losing almost everything. The mother and her children die in a van when it goes into a retention pond and they die there. It was an accident that involved the weather and a van.
The family in the van, the mother, and her children were Muslim. I heard this on the Abdul in the Morning show on AM 1430
Now one of the things mentioned on this show was a comment that was made to the talkback section of the article telling of their death. The comment, saying something like their God had to be false because he allowed them to die was totally uncalled for and should have never made it online to the message board. The Indianapolis Star, though not taking responsibility for the comment, needs to be. After all, if someone hears about it, and asks where the story was, it will be told that it was with the Indy Star. This will hurt them. I went there a few moments ago, and the comments *and it seems there were a few hateful ones* were gone, thank GOD.
In order to keep this kind of stupidity from happening again, the Star needs to put a moderator on the message boards to stop this kind of hate filled stupidity from happening again.
Now, I know we have this Politically Correct thing that’s being passed off as “the right to free speech”, as the reason that this comment was allowed in the first place, but people, with free speech also comes responsibility and this comment was far from responsible. And it was just plain wrong!
Now people, I know that there will be those out there that will say it is the right of free speech to say these things, but here is the problem with that. This is NOT censureship. It is being responsible.
Being responsible requires the knowledge that, yes, I can by rights say this, but it would be wrong to say it, so I won’t.
Censureship is just keeping something out of print, just because it disagrees with you, right or wrong!
There is a difference. You do not have to be right to censure something, but you are right, when your responsible. this comment about someone else’s God was NOT right, and it was NOT responsible.
Just another example of where the liberal mindset is leading us as a nation. And in doing this people, we are losing sight of the difference between what is RIGHT and what is WRONG.
I just know that my dad is probably turning over in his grave at this one.
All the morals that helped make this country great, are now being ground under the foot of the Liberal establishment.
GOD HELP US! Below is the story that was in the paper, telling of these fine people.
The Abbas family was known for bringing people together at food-and-song-filled gatherings at their Carmel home.
Rob Goebel / The Star
Funeral services for the Abbas family will be at noon Wednesday at Paradise North Cemetery in Houston. A religious service will follow at the Al-Ghadeer Education Foundation.
No local services were announced as of Sunday.
On Sunday, their friends gathered at the residence on Charity Chase Drive for a different reason: for comfort and solidarity as they mourned the deaths of Batul Abbas, 47, and her three daughters, Shazreh, 18; Shaail, 14; and Azmeh, 8.
They died early Sunday after their van slid off a narrow, snowy road into a retention pond at 141st Street and Towne Road, just down the street from their subdivision, late Saturday.
They were traveling home about 9:30 p.m. from a gathering on Indianapolis’ Northwestside, where they were comforting a family friend whose brother had died.
“They were literally loved by everybody,” said Farwa Abid, 22, who said she is among the family’s closest friends in Indianapolis. “People are saying the only reason they were taken away is because they were angels sent to give us a message: to just enjoy what life you live.”
Hadi Abbas, Batul’s husband and the girls’ father, was in Toronto on business Saturday when the accident occurred.
He returned to Indianapolis about 4 p.m. Sunday and was comforted by a group of at least 15 relatives and friends who had gathered to mourn at Methodist Hospital, where friends said Batul and a daughter were treated.
The other two girls were taken to Riley Hospital for Children, where others had gathered, friends said.
The coroner’s reports of Batul’s and Shaail’s deaths showed they died from complications related to hypothermia.
Carmel police said Batul Abbas, who was driving the van, had called for help from inside the van, which was submerged in water when officers arrived. Eight agencies, including police, fire and dive teams, assisted in the rescue efforts.
Those who knew the Abbases described them as giving people who were deeply involved in the network of friends in the local Muslim community.
Syed Jaffery, 26, another family friend who was at Methodist on Sunday, said they constantly cracked jokes with one another.
On Sunday, as three friends embraced Hadi Abbas while he cried, he shared a story about his daughters having a contest to see who could send him the most text messages while he was in Toronto.
“That family was so jovial,” Jaffery said.
Hadi Abbas, a businessman, works for a local plastics manufacturer. Batul Abbas owned an interior design business and was taking classes at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She planned to apply for admission next fall to the cytotechnology program at Indiana University School of Medicine, friends said.
The two immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1995. They lived in Houston before moving to the Indianapolis area six years ago, Abid said.
Their next-door neighbor, Angela Moreman, met them shortly after they moved to Carmel in March and got to know them mainly through interactions in their neighboring backyards.
She recalled the family’s generosity. Once she had mentioned to them her love for naan, a type of bread popular in Indian cuisine. Days later, one of the daughters showed up at her door with the food.
“You’re not going to find a nicer family,” Moreman said. “They were just a wonderful group of people — loving and kind and very giving.”
The girls attended school in Avon before the family moved to Carmel. Shazreh graduated from Avon High School and was a freshman at IUPUI, where she studied business accounting.
Azmeh attended College Wood Elementary School in Carmel, and Shaail was a freshman at Carmel High School.
Hannah Bailey, 14, Avon, became Shaail’s best friend when the two attended middle school together.
Although the two no longer saw each other regularly, they stayed in touch through the Internet and text messaging. Hannah said Shaail sent her a text message to wish her good morning every day before school.
“It’s going to be weird,” she said. “Not getting those in the morning.”
Call Star reporter Francesca Jarosz at (317) 444-5527.
We need to be loving in our responses to this family. God bless them. And thank God most of the comments were loving and prayerful.
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