Muslim-Americans Need to Stand Up For Their Country


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.

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2 thoughts on “Muslim-Americans Need to Stand Up For Their Country

  1. I could not have said it any better with the exception that I am not a man of faith. But I respect Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and other religions for evolving into peaceful religions. Islam is the only one left trying to force their beliefs upon others. They abuse their women, bomb places full of civilians and behead people in public for violating sharia law. When will civilized people realize that it is Koranic doctrine that demands they impose Islamic law on the world?

  2. I am at a loss on this one. I do not believe that there is one good Muslim (not that any of us are good). I think if you find someone who you consider a good Muslim, they will not be practicing one nor know what the Koran says.
    In as much as the Koran says their ultimate goal is to subjugate all peoples, how could I even have a dialogue knowing that as a christian, they consider me an infidel and worthy of death.

    Where I am, there is a large Muslim community and you can notice the animosity among them.

    I am not anti other religions. I of course, do not believe in any except the Biblical version bought I do not feel threatened by any religion except Muslim.
    I keep hearing, “It’s only the radicals that are bad.” That may be true but that is all I have seen,

    I n order for a Muslim to convince me he is good, he would have to convince me that he does not believe in the Koran. Then again he would not be a Muslim if he did.

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