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The Mistreatment of Muslims in America

[picapp src=”a/2/7/9/Muslims_Hold_Day_09f1.jpg?adImageId=6283751&imageId=6618457″ width=”234″ height=”333″ /] Since September 11,2001, there have been thousands of incidents—ranging from threats and vandalism to murder—toward Muslims or the 1,209 known mosques in America, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington, D.C.-based organization that tracks civil rights and political issues for Muslims in the United States.

 CAIR activists believe American Muslims are vulnerable and under undue scrutiny, singled out at airport-security checkpoints and unlawfully detained and questioned by federal agents.

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Religious prejudice against Muslims still remains— even from the Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the Reverend Billy Graham, one of America’s most respected Christian evangelists. Speaking at a dedication of a chapel in his home state of North Carolina, the younger Graham said, “We’re not attacking Islam, but Islam has attacked us. The God of Islam is not the same God. He’s not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It’s a different God, and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion.”

Graham’s remarks touched off dismay among Muslims, leading CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad to respond: “We have found that negative impressions of Islam are most often based on a lack of accurate and objective information.”

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The feelings expressed by Graham are pervasive, and have led to  arrest campaigns, closures of Muslim charities and raids on Muslim organizations’ offices and is seen as a ‘Witch Hunt’,  a term that Arabs and Muslims in the United States are now often compelled to use.

 Many Muslim circles now openly narrate the fate of their communities in the US while remembering the days of the Japanese detention camps during WWII, or the McCarthyism era in following years.

The mistreatment of Arabs and Muslims in America however, is hardly an unconfirmed reality, born out of mistrust in the US government and its internal and foreign policies toward Muslims.

 In addition to numerous complaints stated by human and civil rights groups in the United States and elsewhere, the US Department of Justice Inspector General also added a voice to the rest. The inspector general’s report, recently published, cited numerous abuses targeting Muslims, varying from unlawful imprisonment to abuse while in detention.

 According to the report, 75 percent of what the government has classified as “terrorism” had little to do with terrorism.
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While it has been the norm to rationalize such abuses on the grounds that the terrorism attacks of September 11, 2001 were the extreme circumstance that compels an extreme measure, many members of the American Muslim community believe that the measure had in fact surpassed the circumstance.

Indeed, they say that such an injustice goes back to 1996 with the passing of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.

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Has our society allowed itself to single out Muslim Americans for state sanctioned racist prejudicial harassment?

ABC Primetime recently set up a hidden camera experiment to investigate if there is prevalent mistreatment of Muslims in America.

The question they were asking is ”How would you react if you saw a Muslim woman being mistreated in a store, not  being served purely for the color of her skin, what she’s wearing, and what religion she follows?”

The results are interesting to watch…

The more we respect and understand each other, we all have the possibility to love each other , and celebrate our differences, and our diversity. We are a nation that was founded under the notion of religous freedom, and that means all religions.

Let us all respect our Muslim brothers and sister.

4 Responses to “The Mistreatment of Muslims in America”

  1. you may follow any religion but each human has the right to be respected regardless sex(male r female) whether you wish to respect them r not.
    respecting the people will itself prevents mistreating any people.
    hope america and other friends understand their mistake and correct themselves to the right path.
    disrespecting a person is also a grave sin. no religion will accept such a foolish act.

  2. America is a disgusting and biased country, no wonder citizens here in Europe hate the US.

    • Imagine having to live here knowing we are unwelcome here because of our race, and religion, yet we are still forced to pay taxes to support their hatred of my people?!?….Thats disgusting…

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