According to a Gallup Poll, four out of 10 Americans have admitted prejudice toward Islam and Muslims.
9/11 may have something to do with that.Unfortunately, a recent letter writer suffers from the same malaise. Fom the dawn of Islam, Muslims have adapted to live in harmony in large multicultural societies.
As long as they don't want to bring alcohol into their cabs, or expect them to touch pork products when checking out of a grocery store.The third largest Muslim population in the world now lives in India, accounting for fewer than 20 percent of its population.
And even there there are muslims stiring up problems. But instead of a land where they are outnumbered 5 to 1, what about Indonesia, where their law calls for all religions to be respected, even though the population is 90% muslim. How are the other 10% treated. Why are there calls for Sharia Law to apply to everyone.If Islam commanded conversion at the point of a sword, would Muslims still be a minority after eight centuries of uninterrupted rule?
When you are outnumbered 5 to 1, trying to kill everyone with a sword is difficult.Look no further than Spain to learn that, despite over six centuries of Muslim rule, it was the intolerant Christian Inquisition that gave Muslims and Jews three options, convert to Christianity, leave Spain or die.
Islam did not control all of Spain, just part of it, and it was based on what they did during the six centuries that caused them to be kicked out.Today, despite the mosque in Cordova being one of the most beautiful in the world, no Muslim prayers are allowed there.
And are Christian prayers allowed in the Hagia Sophia or many other former churches or sites of churches in the Islamic world. Can Jews pray at the top of Temple Mount?A recent poll by the Council on American-Islamic Relations shows the American Muslim population to be both young and highly educated. Sixty-two percent have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, which is double the comparable national figure for registered voters. The survey results also show that Muslims are already well integrated in American society. Eighty-nine percent said they vote regularly; 86 percent said they celebrate the Fourth of July; and 64 percent said they fly the U.S. flag. Forty-two percent said they volunteer for institutions serving the public (compared to 29 percent nationwide in 2005).
Do they volunteer for secular organizations or just for muslim organizationsEighty-four percent said Muslims should strongly emphasize shared values with Christians and Jews.
Really, even though the Qur'anSeventy-seven percent said Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews do.3:28 says Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully; and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming.
Really? Haven't the other twenty-three percent read the Qur'anThe letter writer's assertion that Muslims want Shariah law to displace the U.S. Constitution is pernicious. The U.S. Constitution is consistent with aims and objectives of Islamic Shariah.29:46 says "And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, "We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam)." "
Even though Sharia denies of freedom of conscience, does not allow for equal rights for women, and calls for inequality for non-Muslims.