Cynical Synapse

Fri, 02 Sep 2011

Islamophobia Unchecked Equals Freedom Unprotected

Filed under: Behavior, Citizen rights, Civil liberties, Government, Legal, Life, Oppression, Society — cynicalsynapse @ 1:00 pm

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As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks draws near, coming on the heals of the end of Ramadan and releases of a couple reports on Muslims in America, it’s easy for conversations to turn to jihadists—Muslim extremists. The truth is extremists of any kind are dangerous. It’s also true the majority of terrorist activities in the past decade were carried out by people hiding behind the Islamic religion. This does not make them Islamists, although some may have been. The Ayatollahs in Iran are real Islamists. Still, the end result is a very real and deliberate undertone of Islamohobia—the fear of Muslims.

A Center for American Progrss report released 26 August describes the funding and efforts fueling Islamophobia. Despite their loyalties, good work ethic, civic-mindedness, and being law-abiding, in general, there is a lot of mistrust of Muslims in the population at large.

Muslim-Americans are, generally, satisfied with current conditions “despite a feeling [Muslims] are being targeted by anti-terrorism government programs.” While we want feel and be secure, we value our rights more. Consider the Old Man’s post about concerns with the hijab:

There’s been a lot of flack over Muslim women wearing their traditional head dress out in the public here in America. One of the latest was at Rye Playland in New York where a group of Muslim women were barred from certain rides because of their headscarves. Do we, the other public, know what banning the religious head dress for a particular religious culture could lead to?

Yeah, yeah! The Old Man is fully aware of the attacks on America, and Americans abroad, by Muslims. But have we taken our revenge too far? It may be appropriate to check people, and even their clothing, for any weapons or bombs in public gatherings or boarding a public means of transportation. But think about this for a moment. If we are to ban Muslim clothing simply because a certain group of people don’t like it, what are we supposed to do about the other religions??????


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  1. The United States has taken revenge to far in other areas as well….the one that comes to mind and is perticular sad to me is the whole sex offend issues. They have taken a whole segiment of society and segregated then..made it impossible for them to find housing, find a job, live any kind of normal life that we as American know. They have done this is such a manner that the far reaching effects of the laws pass not only effect them but they effect every family member as well including the children they have….and all for the same unjustified reason…PUBLIC SAFTY..yet there is no evidence to back that claim if fact its just the opposite….evidence points to it causes sex offenders to feel so segrigated the chances of re-offending is greater…and know they want to expand this to other offenders as well…so your concern about what religion is next is well founded

    Comment by greg55 — Fri, 02 Sep 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  2. It’s hard to use that amusement park riot as an example of Islamophobia. “No headgear on the roller coaster” is a universal rule applied to everybody at every park I have been to across the country regardless of ethnicity or type of headgear (go ahead and wear a baseball cap on a roller coaster if you don’t believe me). They hid behind their religion (which was wrong) and started a fight (which was even more wrong) and they did this despite being offered apologies and refunds for the day.

    Comment by Ryan Craig — Sat, 10 Sep 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by, Ryan. I don’t think reasonable people question the safety issue of headgear on certain rides, but the amusement park incident was the latest to make national news. I didn’t mean to confuse that incident with others where there is no safety concern, many of which may be subtle forms of Islamophobia.

      I also agree with you as to the improper response of some of the Muslims at the park.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sun, 11 Sep 2011 @ 10:07 am

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