Repost: Rising Islamophobia   1 comment


One of the first things that made me really sympathetic to Muslims was a recognition of Muslim children. Someone asked the question, “How do you explain 9/11 to your Muslim child. How do you tell your six year old that other people will blame them for it?” It’s an appalling question, and it’s really one of the first things that forced me to acknowledge that it is radically unfair to tar a large group of people with the actions of a few of their number.

Anyway, I’m greatly saddened that Islamophobia (and Islamophobic discourse) are become more common and more mainstream all the time. Elected members of congress are fueling the fire:

Days after an Illinois elected official warned of the threat coming from “radical Islam,” two Islamic centers in the Chicago area were attacked. The anti-Muslim attacks have brought renewed scrutiny to Rep. Joe Walsh’s (R-IL) claims that radical Islamists are “trying to kill Americans every week,” and that the next 9/11 is inevitable.

Walsh made the claims to a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village, Illinois last week. The remarks were first reported by Salon.com. The baseless allegations about “radical Islam” infiltrating Illinois were prompted by a question from a man in the audience who said, “Islam is not the peaceful, loving religion we hear about.” The remarks made by the man were applauded by attendees at the meeting, according to Salon, and apparently not challenged by Walsh.

Calls for Walsh to apologize for his remarks were not heeded. Instead, Walsh doubled down on them in a press release. “The threat that radical Islam poses to American families and our way of life is not anything new. It is a real threat…We cannot let political correctness blind us to reality,” the statement said.

The Electronic Intifada’s Murphy also debunked Walsh’s claim that “a recent Pew Poll said that 15% of Muslim-American men between the age of 18 and 29 could support suicide bombings.” Here’s Murphy’s rejoinder:

Walsh’s claims that 15 percent of Muslim-American men between the age of 18 and 29 support suicide bombings contradict a comprehensive, 127 page-long survey on Muslim Americans published by the Pew Research Center last year.

Mondoweiss does a good job with this article, though it fails to mention that American Muslims are significantly less likely to support attacks against civilians than the general American population.

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Posted 08/18/2012 by reluctantliberal in Repost

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