I am sick and tired of these blanket statements of hatred and xenophobia and religious persecution– statements to the effect of “All Muslims are terrorists… read their Quran, they all basically support terrorism and hatred towards non-Muslims.” Or, “Muslims are terrorists and their religion is based on beheading people and calling Jyhad everywhere.”
I came across this article and many others like it where Muslim Americans have soundly renounced the actions of the terrorists in the San Bernardino killings– as well as the Paris attacks and so on… even as far back at the attacks on September 11th, 2001 in NYC. Basically the stereotyping and profiling has got to stop and if non-Muslims could only see Muslim as caring and compassionate people and see them trying to take back the religion that has been hijacked from them by radicals and extremists, you’d understand the struggle today’s real Muslims face.
What is happening is that radicals and extremists– terrorists– are using religion as a tool to incite emotions and zealous behaviors among their recruits and would-be followers. They are also using religion as a means to invoke a response. When Americans associate terrorism with Islam and Muslims, basically the terrorists absolutely love it– we are doing them a huge favor! They look at our hate speech and hate crimes and go speak among their followers and recruits and basically say:
“You see how these Americans are? See? They hate Islam! They hate our peaceful religion! How can we expect to reason with these people when they burn down our mosques and invade our countries and steal our resources and characterize us as savages and monsters. Join my radical army now and fight back! Our religion is better!”
That’s the basic rhetoric… “Death to America because they clearly don’t respect us or our beliefs! Look at how they treat Muslims– their own Muslim American citizens are terrified of their own country. If they join us now, they can fight back their haters and oppressors!”
Now mainstream Muslims, seeing what is happening to their faith and religion, are taking action in condemning these so-called Muslim terrorists. They denounce them and declare that these terrorists are anything but Muslim. They are killers, plain and simple. Nothing of what they do speaks of true Islam, these mainstream Muslim people are trying to tell us– if we’d only listen.