Nov 8, 2009

Who Needs to Prevent Backlash Against Muslims?

Janet Napolitano, while in the United Arab Emirates, stated the she and her department of Homeland Security are working hard to prevent a backlash against Muslims.

Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday's rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

My question to her is this – just what is she doing in a foreign country during a time of attacks against her own nation? What takes more precedence, sucking up to foreign Arabs or being in your home nation providing moral support and actively seeking to prevent any future attacks from occurring?

As far as preventing “backlash” against resident Muslims, that is no longer the American civilian’s responsibility. It’s beyond time that the Muslim community stood up and lead a vocal and active campaign of their own to not only condemn these acts, but to prove to the American society at large that Islam really is the religion of peace they claim it to be.

Instead, all we hear are groups such as CAIR complain about perceived (and sometimes contrived) injustices committed against Muslims. Yet the American public daily runs into situations where honor killings occur, bigoted cabbies mistreat passengers, corporations and individuals being threatened, etc al. The only time we hear anything from the Islamic population in American that “shows” they are lovers of peace is after the fact of some horrible slaughter. Why not stay vocal and pro-active during times when such slaughters are not happening?

The average American is a peace loving individual. We don’t seek conflict. Yet we will vigorously stand for our rights and the rights of others. We don’t need someone shoving phrases such as, “Islam is a religion of peace,” when all we see is the opposite. To the average American, actions speak louder then words. It’s time for the Islamic community to start backing up their words with those actions.

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