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Fight Islamic extremism through integration
Fight Islamic extremism through integration
It is clear that this country is never going to be (and never was) a uni-racial, uni-cultural place. Multicultural, multiracial, multireligious societies are more and more going to be the norm. We have to learn to live together.
Monday, August 2,2010 11:46
by Pamela Taylor ikhwanophobia

In Ikhwanophobia, We completely encourage moderate voices such as Pamela Taylor, and we also completely support the attempts of integration and engagement between Muslim citizens and western societies.
We believe that people like Robert Spencer are working on strengthening terrorism indirectly by their bigot speech against Islam and Muslims, So do organizations such as SIOA.

 

This week I got a report in my inbox about a group of young American Muslims who toured Washington D.C., meeting with local scholars such as On Faith panelist, John Esposito; Muslim congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson; and high level officials such as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Thomas Perez; Rashad Hussain, US Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and Paul Montiero, who serves as the liaison to Arab Americans, faith-based and secular belief communities.

The response of these young American Muslims was clearly positive. Reflecting on the experience, one of the participants, Marjon Momand, said, “Congressman Ellison said something about the Capitol that resonated with me for the rest of the day. He said, “This is your home.’ While standing on the steps with two Muslim American congressmen, this statement seemed undeniably true.”

Another, Jalal Ansari, said, “I was standing in the Oval Office, in the West Wing of the White House and that’s when I realized that I was part of history. We talked to some of President Obama’s most important advisers, and shared stories about what we go through as a community. The opportunity to report to the President’s staff and give them a taste of our society is something I will always keep with me.”

Clearly these young people have gotten loud and clear the message that they are part and parcel of American society, welcome and expected to participate in our political processes. They not only can make a difference, they should. That the message came from a multiplicity of sources — the Muslim community and the Muslim organization that sponsored the youth conference, our government through its various representatives who met with the young people, and the parents of these young people who encouraged and facilitated their participation — only serves to reinforces it.

This is the best way to fight any alienation and tendencies toward extremism some young American Muslims might feel. Inclusive activities — whether they be something as grandiose as this week of meetings in Washington, or something simple like including Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr (which are coming up in the next few weeks) in school holiday displays — go a long way to making people comfortable in their society and a valued part of it.

Sadly, there are some who would like to deny Muslim participation in politics and society at large. Groups like SOIA work to create the very conditions that make young Muslims feel unwelcome, and which lead to radicalization. Those members of the Tea Party who carry rampantly anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim placards are creating the very thing they seek to root out.

It is clear that this country is never going to be (and never was) a uni-racial, uni-cultural place. Multicultural, multiracial, multireligious societies are more and more going to be the norm. We have to learn to live together, and to accept difference. Bravo to the young people who made the trip to Washington, MPAC who organized it, the various governmental representatives who made it possible, and the families to supported it. They point the way to the future, not the likes of SIOA.

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A Sane Compromise on Sharia Law Jim Mooney
*A Sane Compromise That Recognizes the Realities of Middle Eastern Desires* As long as "you" decide, you can decide to live under a restricted system, and it is a free decision. Many Egyptians want Sharia law; others do not. It seems an impossible conflict. The solution is a hybrid system. Civil law would be for all felonies, but you could choose Sharia law for yourself, for a fixed period of time since people change - let's say seven years, for misdemeanors and "moral" crimes. Sharia punishment would not allow death or disfigurement, but might be lightly corporal, as was in even many American schools, and through fines, or other methods such as ostracism. If a person went against their legal decision to abide by Sharia, they would be turned over to the civil authorities for a fixed scale of penalties. The state is better equipped to investigate and handle felonies, such as murder and drug dealing, while Sharia would handle misdemeanors, such as drug use, or breaking of moral codes. Many religious leaders would see the sense of being tasked to handle moral quiddities, while the state handled very serious offenses. Indeed, this would be a test of merit. Many women in the Middle East want Sharia law, so long as it is not unfairly harsh. They don't want to 'play the game' of women in the West. If those under Sharia law were visibly living better lives, their system would gain influence in a "fair" way, instead of forcing their law on all. More and more people would join of their free will. This is a wonderful compromise that would allow both belief systems to co-exist, and may the best one win. After all, allowing this shows that you believe in your system. Forcing it on others shows that you do not. This would satisfy those who want Sharia, and are honest enough to allow it to be "tested" for soundness and merit to one's life, yet also quell the fears of those who do not want it forced upon them - avoiding the divisive civil disputes that have wrecked many nations.
Wednesday, February 2,2011 05:49
Muslims vs Christianity Bolden
It seems to me the Koran is the Arab's version of the Jews Jesus Christ. Is this a wrong assumption?
Sunday, April 3,2011 01:27
Comments Munir Ahmed Khalili
May it be so and must be but the distance in the cultures is a hindrance in creating an integrated and united society. The Muslims, living in the USA, have to remain abiding by the laws and rules of the country but the original Americans will feel hard to digest this element. A row of doubts has erupted after 9/11 the Muslims are being looked sceptically. Now I would like the readers to find time to visit: www.munir-khalili.blogspot.com
Sunday, August 21,2011 22:35
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