Don't blame all Muslims for crimes

Tuesday April 30, 2013

Early last year, papers reported that New York police recruits were shown a film, provided by a nonprofit group, showing the Muslim threat to America: "Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets." The film, "The Third Jihad," continues with a narrator warning that "Americans are being told that many of the mainstream Muslim groups are moderate, but if you look a little closer, you’ll see a very different reality -- their primary tactic is deception. This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America ... a strategy to infiltrate and dominate America."

Follow-up comments include ones from Muslims: "I get sick from reading the hate comments. Very hard for me to understand." And, "The film reminds me of ‘Birth of a Nation,’ and those Nazi films that taught hate." Others claim that "whatever historical sins of various religions it is only Islam which continues these sins;" and, "We are being infiltrated by the ultimate enemy; if we were not ruled by the left, further Muslim immigration would be prohibited and Muslims not denouncing terrorism would be deported. "

In the wake of the Marathon bombings, Fox News contributor Erik Rush said of Muslims on Twitter, "Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all." Rush is black. Is he calling for renewal of lynching, and the return of the Final Solution, complete with gas chambers? Is this America? The home of the free, the land of the brave?

These vile comments are but a few among hundreds of degrading, insulting and filthy online postings, which are read by Muslims here and abroad who become outraged and angry, and in some cases driven to violent revenge, to lash out at those who demean their faith, their family, their culture, their heritage and their honor. Better to die than accept dishonor, perhaps better to attack anti-Islamist terrorists with terrorism!

We have to stop blaming all 1.6 billion Muslims for the craven acts of a tiny minority. At the same time we have to show that only a small minority of Americans are cowardly, narrow-minded bigots, and that we truly believe in "liberty and justice for all."


South Lee


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