Drinking the cool aid [sic]: the dangers of Islamophobia

In our modern world, there seems to be a fine line between hate and free speech in regards to Islam. This fine line has been the subject of intense debate between moderate Muslims and right wing anti-Islamic pundits…

…AFDI is just one of the many American anti-Islam groups that uses social media and advocacy to “warn” us of the threat of Sharia law in the US and the “danger” that Muslims pose for a “civilized society.” Naturally, AFDI has been classified as a hate group…

…I’m not denying that there is plenty of anti-Semitism in certain Muslim communities, but I refuse to believe that their hatred is religiously motivated. I’m also not denying that the information that is presented in these ads is true, but like I said, this is cherry-picking. For every negative fact you dig up, I could find just as many positive facts about Muslims, or any other social group for that matter.

There are extreme Muslims in parts of the world who do want to harm us, but there is no merit for a deceptive media campaign against our fellow Americans, even if they belong to the same religion as our enemies. You can quote Hamas’ own hateful rhetoric, but it still, despite what you may think, cannot be attributed to all Muslims.

As an American of Jewish heritage (with family members buried in Israel,) I could not be more disgusted with AFDI and its leader, Pamela Geller…


*The correct spelling of the drink that was used at Jonestown, Guyana to commit mass suicide in 1978 is ‘Kool Aid.’  

You cannot tell from the auto-capitalization feature of WordPress that the author also used lower case: “Drinking the cool aid: the dangers of Islamophobia” 

[I am not sure why the company spelt it ‘aid’ when the suffix ‘ade’ refers to a drink (as in ‘lemonade’).  It was named in 1927.]

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