When you see women in burkas at the mall, do you feel your sphincter tighten, just a bit?
When you pass a guy on the street in a turban do you just for a second think, whoa what’s he up to?
If you are on a plane and a man with a traditional muslim beard and maybe a kurfi (the small cap) walk on the plane and sits in first class do you start to flash back, even momentarily, to the news reports of the 9/11 attacks?
If you answered yes to any one of these, I think its safe to say you are scared of Muslims.
If you answered no, you’re either Muslim, you’re medicated or you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years.
In either case, I think as Americans and Europeans we have some justifications to our fear, but I don’t know if it should be as intense or as overarching as it seems to be. Truly there are some scary muslims that do and say really horrifying shit.
How do I know this? They’re all over the media dummy. The media has done an excellent job of painting Islam as murderous and Muslims as radicals.
Which makes the story about NPR’s Juan Williams sacking seem a bit strange. NPR fired Juan Williams after he admitted that he gets nervous if he’s on a plane and someone with a traditional muslim appearance comes on the plane.
It would seem that if you are honest about your personal feeling, NPR doesn’t want you. Now I personally feel that this was just a good excuse since I’m sure NPR has been pissed about Williams appearing on Fox News over the last few years. It was during an interview on Fox News that William gave this admission.
NPR stated that his remarks were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
Fair enough I suppose. I am an avid NPR fan because I feel that 99% of time the reporters and commentators keep their opinions to themselves, at least when its clearly inappropriate to express them. But Williams was not on NPR, so why the hell can’t he speak his mind?
Oh well, it worked out in his favor anyway. He was given a $2 million contract with Fox like the next day.
Back to scary Muslims though for the last few lines. Why are they scary to you? Are you afraid they are going to waltz into your favorite mall and blow themselves up? Could happen I suppose, but if you shrink in fear when you see a burka-ed woman, then Osama bin Laden and his crew achieved their goals. They have made you afraid.
Remember though that what you should feel is pity. For the most part, muslims outside this country live under the rule of fear, particularly women. Those that live here and in other western countries can tell you that they came here to escape the oppression of the muslim governments they left behind. In most cases they left everyone they knew behind as well. Most muslims are quiet, decent, hardworking people and they deserve a little more respect.
With all due respect,