Monday, February 20, 2006

Ann Coulter, “Rag-Heads” and Our Children’s Future

A few days ago I received an e-mail from Homa Arjomand. She is a Canadian, former Muslim lady who has been working to assure that some Canadian Muslims were not successful in getting the Canadian government to accept the Sharia (Muslim law) to be put in place for Muslims there. The e-mail was to announce the success of her efforts, as Canada just shot down this effort.

There are many more than one billion Muslims (just the Sunnis number a billion) around the world. Despite the scenes of death and destruction we see almost every day, carried out by some portion of these Muslims, the policy of the United States is that the great majority of Muslims are peaceful people who want the same things for their children that the rest of us do – a better life in peace and security. The one billion-plus Muslims are reproducing at much faster birth rates than are Americans, Europeans, Chinese and Japanese; and may actually become the largest homogeneous groups in certain European countries in a few years. Although the scary violence we see nightly on TV is widespread and appears to reflect what most Muslims are doing, reaching this conclusion is not only wrong, but could result in a self-fulfilling prophesy.

The worse thing we could do is to lose our nerve and our cool and begin to adopt policies that discriminate against Muslim-Americans and pit us against Muslims everywhere. We are probably going to start seeing some opportunistic politicians calling for support for anti-Muslim measures here and abroad. If we call for an “us or them” decision on the part of the majority Muslims in their countries, we could transform our fight against the Islamofascist terrorists into a holy war since most Muslims live in countries where conditions for the average man breed discontent. If a widespread holy war were to break out, I have no doubt that we have the means and the will to win it, but our world will become a terrible, dark place if this were to happen.

I call on the three main Muslim groups in this country that have supported terrorists in the past, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), to turn their energies and their resources to stopping terrorism, before it consumes the very people they think they are protecting; AND I call on certain right-wing conservatives, like Ann Coulter, to stop using terms like “Rag-heads” to make their cute points. We want to drive a wedge between peaceful Muslims and the terrorists – not between all Muslims and us.

By the way, has anyone noticed that Iraq seems to be the only Muslim country, or one of the few, where Danish cartoon-violence has not occurred?

Here are two excerpts from articles that make my points. To read the entire articles, click on the links provided:

More and More Moderate Muslims Speak Out in Denmark
Brussels Journal
From the desk of Hjörtur Gudmundsson on Mon, 2006-02-13 13:16

Dozens of Danish Muslims are joining the network of moderate Muslims, the Demokratiske Muslimer (Democratic Muslims). About 700 Muslims have already become DM members and 2,500 Danes have expressed their will to support the network. The initiative has caused anger among the Danish imams and their leader, Ahmad Abu Laban, who have referred to the moderates as “rats.” The imams feel that they are beginning to lose their control over part of the Muslim population.

What Is a Moderate Muslim?
By Stephen Schwartz, 12 Jan 2006

Muslim moderation is defined by attitudes and conduct, not by abstractions or historical precedents, which, as with all religions, may be interpreted to support any ideological position. Observing and analyzing Sunni Muslims by such positive, practical criteria is extremely easy. There are more than a billion Sunnis in the world, and they are not all jihadists or fundamentalists, so telling them apart should not be difficult with a little effort. Identifying moderate Shia Muslims is harder, but one thing may be said immediately: those who follow Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq prove their moderation daily, by their silent but effective support to the U.S.-led liberation coalition.

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At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves said...

I agree with a lot of what you are saying, but if any of these Muslims in this country start destroying people's property and harming our citizens, they should be prosecuted like anyone else with no preferential treatment. This business of getting hostile over some cartoons is ridicules and overplayed, especially in this country where they are already protesting in New York. I'm sticking with my religion, and no group is going to force there religious beliefs on me.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I agree with your point. I offer one correction. We want to drive a wedge between peaceful PEOPLE and the terrorists.

At 2:57 AM, Anonymous Joanne said...

i just want to make a point to Joe and Steve, both of you have said that it is ridiculous that Muslims have reacted against these cartoons. These cartoons were an attack on their prophet so they have every right to defend him! thats the problem people have now, they are ignorant to other people's beliefs!!! The Prophet is a very important person to them.....i don't think you will stay quiet if someone drew offensive cartoons of your mother. I doubt you will be calling it ridiculous then.


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