I listened with interest yesterday as representatives of several leading Muslim advocacy organizations here in the United States issued statements in which they condemned the murder of our U.S. diplomats in Libya.
“We are outraged and shocked by the killings,” said Nihad Awad, National Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
His outrage and shock was echoed by representatives of the Islamic Circle of North America, Muslim American Society-Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Council of Muslim Organizations of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Libyan Emergency Task Force and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.
Well, I’m grateful that these Muslim organizations condemned the attack upon our Libyan consulate and its inhabitants. But I found their platitudes insufficient.
Because I believe it takes more than mere words for Muslim leaders – for the entire Muslim-American community, for that matter – to demonstrate solidarity with those of us who desire comity with Muslims, but who continue to be reminded of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks against this country.
So words won’t do. America’s non-Muslim population is looking for tangible deeds that prove Muslim-Americans are truly with us.
Indeed, Imam Talal Eid, Islamic chaplain at Brandeis University criticized fellow Muslims for not doing enough against terrorism.
“The leaders of American Muslims should initiate a big demonstration,” he said, “to show that Muslims take the issue of terrorism seriously, otherwise people will ask what are those Muslims doing.”
Muslim Americans,” he said, “never initiated a big demonstration against terrorism and people of their own faith who commit these crimes.”
The American Islamic Congress, which wasn’t among the Muslim organizations that participated in yesterday’s news conference, agrees with Imam Eid.
“We could, as a community,” said Nasser Weddady, AIC’s civil rights outreach director, “take to the streets and protest” continuing Islamist attacks upon America.
How about Muslim-American protests outside the Libyan, Egyptian and Yemeni embassies in Washington?
Or how about a Million Muslim March on the mall in the Nation’s Capital, with Muslim leaders declaring their fealty to the United States and declaring that America’s enemies are their enemies – including those invoking “the prophet” and using the Koran to justify their acts of terror.