Friday, January 26, 2007

On Overblown Threats and Islamophobia

BaltimoreChronicle reported Analysts both in the Muslim and the Western world by and large agree that “fear” and lack of objective dialogue are the root cause of Islamophobia

What effect does the worldwide riots over a few cartoons factor into this.
and Anti-Americanism. And while the debate on which one of the two ignited the other is still ongoing, one fact remains irrefutable: more people were victimized as a result of Islamophobia than the other way around.
How many skyscrapers filled with 3,000 people were taken down by Islamophobia.
A recent public opinion survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indicates that Muslims are still viewed negatively in the U.S.
Because while CAIR says it is opposed to terrorism, it still supports Hamas and Hezbollah.
There are estimated 7 million Muslims in America—and over 50 thousand in Central Ohio alone, the majority being Somalis.
And we just saw the problems in Somalia.
Among a number of questions raised in the survey, the open-ended question, “When you hear the word ‘Muslim,’ what is the first thought that comes to your mind?” revealed the daunting reality that Muslims still carry the 9/11 burden. Only six percent of those surveyed indicated a positive perception as they offered responses such “good religion,” “good people,” “faithful,” “devout,” “misunderstood.”
Maybe they should come out and not just condem the terrorists, but explain why the Qur'an does not say what the terrorists say it says.
On the other hand, 26 percent of them indicated to espouse negative perceptions about Muslims, as they offered answers such as “violence,” “hatred,” “terrorists,” “war,” “guns,” “towel-heads” and “rag-heads.”

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