Radicalized Muslims are in our faces everyday
The fact that many terrorists are radical Muslims who hijack religion and exploit poverty and ignorance are in the news daily with their acts of violence creates a foundation of fear and mistrust about Muslims. They live in America and so do sleeper terrorists as we have witnessed.
On the opposite end of the spectrum of this circumstance is that America’s exploits for oil from the Middle East and long standing history of what is sold as “peace building” and “nation building” is perceived as a slick form of imperialism.
Many people, including many Muslims in the world don’t like or trust Americans. Attempts at education, economic development, and democratization are unsettling as disturbing the status quo presents conflicts with Islam.
So, the story here says “There is no simple way for American Muslims to move forward.”
For all minority groups in America, realizing equality, liberty, and freedom as guaranteed by law, though the reality is, groups must struggle for their rightful place in society. Just look at women rights, gay rights, African American rights. Just add Muslims to the list.
Acceptance will come when America has heard that American Muslims police their ranks vigorously to ensure that their communities are not the source of terrorism and that they are communities that work hard to ensure that immigrants and illegals do not hijack American Muslims.
“Americans' suspicions frustrate U.S. Muslims
Muslims are asking why their efforts to be accepted have been so easily thwarted
NEW YORK — Nine years of denouncing terrorism, of praying side-by-side with Jews and Christians, of insisting "I'm American, too." None of it could stop a season of hate against Muslims that made for an especially fraught Sept. 11. Now, Muslims are asking why their efforts to be accepted in the United States have been so easily thwarted.
"We have nothing to apologize for, we have nothing to fear, we have nothing to be ashamed of, we have nothing that we're guilty of — but we need to be out there and we need to express this," said Imam Mohammed Ibn Faqih in a sermon at the Islamic Institute of Orange County in Anaheim, Calif., the day before the 9/11 anniversary.
There is no simple way for American Muslims to move forward.
Images of violence overseas in the name of Islam have come to define the faith for many non-Muslims at home. The U.S. remains at war in Afghanistan, and although America has formally declared an end to its combat operations in Iraq, U.S. troops there continue to fight alongside Iraqi forces.
Within the U.S., domestic terror has become a greater threat, while ignorance about what Islam teaches is widespread. More than half of respondents in a recent poll by the Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life said they knew little or nothing about the Muslim faith.
Some U.S. Muslims say their national organizations share the blame, for answering intricate questions about Islam with platitudes, and failing to fully examine the potential for extremism within their communities. Muslim leaders often respond when terrorists strike by saying Islam is a "religion of peace" that has no role in the violence instead of confronting the legitimate concerns of other Americans, these Muslim critics say.
"There's a quaintness and naivete or outright whitewashing of some very complex issues," said Saeed Khan, who teaches at Wayne State University in Detroit. "This has caused a lot of frustration for a lot of Muslim Americans, myself included."”