Al Jazeera: American Muslims should fight Islamophobia in 2016 elections

Mosque in Iowa. Source.

The American Muslim condition is paradoxical. Muslims in the U.S. live in the best of circumstances and the worst of times. Most tend to be mainstream, moderate and middle class. They are educated and are well integrated into American society. In fact, they are seen as a model for European countries to emulate. But American Muslims also live in a sociopolitical climate in which Islamophobia is steadily on the rise.

Many talk show hosts play on their audiences’ fears by attacking Islam and Islamic values. The U.S. government continues to profile Muslims, spy on them and keep them at arm’s length. And anti-Muslim discourse has become a mainstream phenomenon.

In 2012, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich compared Islam to Nazism. Fellow Republican contender Herman Cain swore not to appoint a Muslim to his Cabinet if he was elected. Prominent social commentators such as Bill Maher often blame Islam for much of the violence in the world. More than half the states are considering anti-Islam legislation under the guise of barring consideration of foreign laws and court rulings. The FBI and municipal police departments such as New York’s routinely spy on Muslims and their institutions…

  • winniec

    Islam is a real threat to freedom. More and more Americans now see it. 70% of Americans now believe that Islam is a threat to the US. That number isn’t going down. It will go up.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I’ll bet Al Jazeera is still smarting from getting screwed by Al Gore.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir


      Thanks for a hearty laugh!

  • ntt1

    To survive western culture must become as anti muslim as it was anti Nazi 70 years ago. same ideology but without any constraints of Geneva convention, this time it is pure medieval savagery.

  • Gary

    Most American Muslims are seen as Apostate by the devout muslims outside of the USA. This puts everyone at risk as the islamists will target any building and people in the USA with a greater revenge because of the muslims befriending the filthy unbelievers.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      Your comment reminds me of how every story about the Muslims who were working inside the World Trade Centre towers and died on 9/11 neglects to mention that those ‘Muslims’ were working for companies that were not Sharia-compliant, charging interest and whatever else ‘haram’.

      Osama Bin Laden knew just as much as well.

      • Gary

        This explains why CAIR wasn’t upset when the WTC Mosques were destroyed along with qurans being burned.
        Yet CAIR cries racism and islamophobia when a rumour of a damage quran is reported.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘While Democrats are now more receptive to Muslim money and Muslim votes, it was not always so. In 2000, for example, Hillary Clinton, then a candidate for U.S. Senate seat in New York, returned all the checks from Muslim organizations, totaling $50,000.’

    Quit whining about shit that happened 15 years ago and pre-9/11.

    In a sane post-9/11 world, Muslims would be akcnowledged for the threat that their religion provides to the rest of the world, NOT become the world’s favourite class of, ahem, ‘victim’.

    Maybe the Muslim author should go talk to ISIS if he wants a solution to peoples’ distrust for Islam.
    But, I think he finds it safer to talk about Islam with the kuffar than he does with pious Muslims.

  • Minicapt

    Paranoids, both of them!