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Getting it right about Islam and Muslim Americans

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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WASHINGTON DC: Muslim Americans deserve a break. There are as many as six to eight million Muslims living in the United States and contributing to the country as doctors, engineers, artists, actors and professionals, but for a decade many have found themselves and their religion wrongly equated with the acts of terrorists like Osama bin Laden. Many have been the victims of fear, suspicion and prejudice, Muslim-bashing, unlawful surveillance, illegal search, arrest and imprisonment.

Efforts to build Islamic centers and mosques in New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Tennessee have been equated with building monuments to terrorism. Prominent American public figures and politicians — including Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, Congressman Peter King and Newt Gingrich — openly spoke against Muslims and encouraged unfounded social suspicion of them. The net result is an increase in anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bashing, witnessed in the hysteria that has led to a movement across some 20 states in America to ban sharia (Islamic principles of jurisprudence).

Today’s historic changes, the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring, offer an opportunity to redress anti-Islam and anti-Muslim bias (Islamophobia) and to reaffirm that Muslim Americans, like other mainstream Americans, desire a secure and democratic America. Despite the fact that Muslim Americans for years have had to explain that neither they — nor their religion — sanction terrorism.

Major polls have consistently shown American public opinion of Islam plunging. The furore over the proposed Islamic centre (Park 51) in New York City resurfaced hostility toward Islam and Muslims. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, large minorities said they could not think of anything positive to say about Islam. In one study, 38 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Islam, compared to 30 percent who reported a positive view. Another study conducted by The Washington Post found Islam’s unfavorable image creeping up to 49 percent among Americans.

This fear and hostility has been reinforced by the American public’s basic ignorance and misunderstanding of Islam: the Pew Forum’s September 2010 survey of religion literacy found that only about half of Americans know that the Quran is the holy book of Islam. It also found that less than a third know that most people in Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim nation — are, in fact, Muslim. What many did know and fear were stereotypes based on misinformation.

Mainstream Muslim Americans have too often been equated inaccurately with terrorists and people who reject democracy. Muslim Americans cherish the freedoms guaranteed by the US Constitution as much as others and, as the Gallup World Poll of 35 Muslim countries reported, like all Americans, majorities of Muslims globally desire democracy and freedom and fear and reject religious extremism and terrorism.

Failure to recognize and appreciate these facts continues to feed a growing Islamophobia in America that threatens the safety, security and civil liberties of many Muslim Americans despite the fact that, as Gallup and Pew polls have shown, they are as educationally, economically and politically integrated as other Americans.

It is time to remember and act on the words of US President George W. Bush in calling upon all American to distinguish between the religion of Islam and the acts of a fraction of Muslims who commit acts of terrorism and US President Barack Obama’s words reminding Americans that: “the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam.… Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, Al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.”

It’s time to turn a deaf ear to our preachers and politicians of hate and get it right with our American Muslim fellow citizens.

http://thedailynewsegypt.com/global-views/getting-it-right-about-islam-and-muslim-americans.html


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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

BUMP!

Sofiabug
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:08 PM
A few legitimate points but the source is interesting. There is also an article about the persection of Coptic Christians who wanted to build a church. They got 5 years in prison. Another anti Isreal article that ends with a statement the new government was proud to broker an alliance between hamas and Abbas. Another about the Muslim Brotherhood stating that Egypt will be under Islamic law. And a story about the government denying censoring the media about the army having a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood. Very interesting site.
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Della529
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:41 PM

 I'm tired, but I'm not finding these articles.  Which tab(s) were these in?

Quoting Sofiabug:

A few legitimate points but the source is interesting. There is also an article about the persection of Coptic Christians who wanted to build a church. They got 5 years in prison. Another anti Isreal article that ends with a statement the new government was proud to broker an alliance between hamas and Abbas. Another about the Muslim Brotherhood stating that Egypt will be under Islamic law. And a story about the government denying censoring the media about the army having a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood. Very interesting site.

 

Della529
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Never mind, Sofia.  I think I found the one you call "story about the government denying censoring the media about the army having a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood".  When you learn the difference between factions, we can discuss.

CAIRO: Egypt on Thursday denied the presence of Al-Qaeda members in Sinai, following charges by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that terror groups were mobilizing in the peninsula.

"There are no members of the Al-Qaeda organization in Egypt. What has been said recently about members of the group being in Sinai is baseless," national security chief Hamed Abdallah told the official MENA news agency.

He said his agency — which replaced the feared state security service when it was disbanded after a popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February — "is cooperating with local, regional and international agencies to protect national security, fight international terror and border crimes."

Abdallah's statements come after Netanyahu told the Israeli parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee on Monday that the Egyptian government was having trouble controlling the Sinai Peninsula.

"Egypt is having a difficult time exerting its sovereignty over the Sinai," an official quoted Netanyahu as telling the closed-door meeting.

"International terror groups are mobilizing in Sinai, increasing their presence due to Sinai's proximity to Gaza," Netanyahu said.

Israel, which had close ties with the deposed Egyptian leader, is suspicious of the new government as it has shifted course, most recently ending the closure of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing into Gaza over the weekend, prompting Israel to warn the move would boost Hamas, which is blacklisted as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States as well as Israel.

The new Egyptian government was also key in brokering a surprise unity pact between Hamas and the rival Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

 

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:49 AM

 Yeah, Israel is basically crapping their pants since Egypt is no longer going along with their game plan.

muslimah
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 5:37 AM

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

 Yeah, Israel is basically crapping their pants since Egypt is no longer going along with their game plan.

 And I hope Egypt continues not to go along with their game plan. I hope this time Egypt wont allow them self to be whored out by the Zionist.


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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

 

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

 Yeah, Israel is basically crapping their pants since Egypt is no longer going along with their game plan.

 And I hope Egypt continues not to go along with their game plan. I hope this time Egypt wont allow them self to be whored out by the Zionist.

 Me too.

egyptian_mommy
by Member on Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:27 PM
*Like* By the way Sofiabug, Egypt's laws have always been based in Islam MashAllah. It is a predominantly Muslim country.

And I agree with the Muslimahs, Israel is scared now.
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LillyJD
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 3:46 PM
As do I.

Quoting muslimah:

 


Quoting muslimahpj:


 Yeah, Israel is basically crapping their pants since Egypt is no longer going along with their game plan.


 And I hope Egypt continues not to go along with their game plan. I hope this time Egypt wont allow them self to be whored out by the Zionist.

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