American Muslims Exposed!

Four Congressional Republicans accused The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of "trying to infiltrate the offices of members of Congress by placing interns in the offices." [video]

I think the fundamental American justice system rule “It is not what you know, it is what you can prove.” does not apply to Muslims. I am not just referring to this story but rather to many other unfortunate stories or incidents from “randomly” selecting every Muslim look-a-like to be screened in American airports to accusing innocent Muslims of plotting a terrorist act. Why CAIR wants to spy on America? What is their motive? American Muslims are the most educated and professionals among other minorities here in the US. Yet, unfortunately they will always be looked at as having a hidden agenda to destroy America. For sure not all Americans believe of this unrealistic conspiracy theory but as long as Fox news is the number 1 TV news in America this attitude towards Muslims in general and American Muslims in particular will continue and may, unfortunately, spawn more hatred towards Muslims if it lasted longer.

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5 thoughts on “American Muslims Exposed!

  1. Hi Jaraad. I read this earlier and hope you don’t mind if the resident Republican gives a bit of input. 🙂 It is not a partisan point of view, many Democrats I know share it.

    There is nothing hidden about the agenda of some noisy Muslims to ‘take the West for Islam’. It’s not your agenda, it’s not that of many I know, but try asking people if they think the West would be improved if there was a massive turn to Islam, and see the response. To many Muslims, this is not considered ‘destroying America’. But to many Americans, it is, as freedoms long valued and fought for would end. (We should not have tried to impose those freedoms by fighting elsewhere for them)

    That kind of talk scares people, as there is not really a model yet where Islamic and Western values have lived in equality to the satisfaction of either. The issue here is what would spark that movement.

    Choudary issues such calls regularly in the UK, and there are a number of voices in the US as well. Even my friend who was declared apostate in Jordan for leaving Islam was greeted by the refugee resettlement employee in Texas with:
    “Welcome to America. With Muslims like you here, we can take America for Islam”. My friend replied he left his homeland because of leaving Islam, and was not interested in helping ‘the cause’.

    As a Christian, it is dismaying for me to see the immorality of those in my country. It is also sad that a Christian kid in the US cannot have a prayer meeting during lunch hour or a Bible visible to others, to serve the value of separation of church and state. A Muslim child will be given a room to pray in and even funds to build an Islamic charter school so that the value of multi-culturalism is served.

    1. Kinzi, I truly agree with your comment, you analyzed and described some issues that I will not argue against. Every thing you wrote is I think true except for the last paragraph, I have no information to agree or disagree with you about but I guess you should know this more than me.

      Being among American Muslims for the last 8 years I can say something about this community. It seems after September 11, 2001 they are trying very hard to prove that they are not terrorist or at least don’t support terrorism. My concern is for how long they will be looked at as potential traitors? They are not looked at as Americans otherwise they will be no problem for them working as interns in congress. Glenn Beck asked Senator Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman, if he’s “working with our enemies.” McCain replied to a women when she told him that she is terrified from Obama because he is a Muslim “No, he is not a Muslim he is a good man.”

      My intention is not to list stories to prove a point, we both can get stories to prove our point. What I want to say is that what happened in September 2001 was wrong it was an act of terrorism but we should move on.

  2. Jaraad, thanks for your kind response. You are obviously much better connected to the US-based Muslim community than I am, although I am connected to several American Muslim women in Jordan. You see more of the discrimination and fear, and it is real, not imagined.

    I have been pulled over at airports for special questioning as to why I am a long-term resident of Jordan. One agent at Heathrow was quite rude and contemptuous in his response. Once our whole family (with blonde blue-eyed kids) were taken with another Arab family for additional inspection; we joked that at least they could know it wasn’t RACIAL profiling, but national.

    McCain did blow it in assuring that woman, but his response actually inadvertantly addressed and exposed the hidden idea that Muslims are not good people. It caused many Americans to stand with them then, not against them.

    Keith Ellison has a huge burden of representation as the first American Muslim congressman, and he isn’t doing well with image-control.

    His recent Hajj trip was funded by the Muslim Brotherhood, which he was very unwise to take as a gift. His welcoming of Somali refugees has been fraught with problems, from corruption within to gain visas for numerous wives, to lack of integration and press about Somali taxi drivers refusing to take passengers with alcohol. Upon arriving, they are strongly advised to register Democrat to vote to keep him in office. Worst of all, the growing number who get US citizenship then return to fight in Somalia.

    None of this helps America-loving Muslims gain respect.

    I wish we could move on past 9/11 too. But just two weeks ago, there were at least four plots uncovered for other attacks. Just when time seems to pass and moving on happens, another plot or attack somewhere solidifies the stereotype.

    Until the ummah starts self-governing and speaking loudly, firmly and consistantly against such attempts, and actively seeks out the elements within the masjids who carry this mentality, it will only get worse.

    I think I have come to realize that part of the problem is the clash of truth/innocence and shame/honor cultures. T/I demand and expect a condemnation, S/H sees that as weakness. One culture wants to expose a problem to get rid of it, the other wants it to waste away in darkness.

    BLogging, I think, helps us all maintain a connection and be exposed to the pain and problems of both sides. I am glad you are in America showing the side of Jordan that I am quite fond of. Hopefully I am doing the same thing in Jordan. 🙂

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