Mar 22 2015
Oh, yes, you can go back, planes leave every day. And there are probably millions of Americans who would gladly contribute to buying you a one-way ticket to the Muslim-friendly country (56 in all) of your choice.
Post Gazette A Muslim family traveling to a farm near Pittsburgh was screamed at by people in a car passing by: “You don’t belong here … Go back!” A Muslim woman’s car was cornered by one full of young men outside the Muslim Community Center in Richland. The young men hollered, “Go back where you came from!”
Yet, according to annual FBI statistics, with the exception of 2001, anti-Muslim hate crimes have consistently ranked about 20% of anti-Jewish hate crimes in America. Yet we never hear Jews whining about it as Muslims seem to be doing on a daily basis.
The FBI’s newly released hate crime statistics for 2013 shows that, as in previous years, most hate crimes in America were not religiously motivated. Moreover, in hate crimes that were religiously motivated, Muslims suffer much fewer hate crimes other religions.
FBI Of the 1,223 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:
60.3 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
13.7 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
6.1 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
4.3 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
3.8 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
0.6 percent were victims of anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
11.2 percent were victims of bias against other religions (anti-other religion). (Based on Table 1.)
In the three weeks after the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Jan. 9, 147 “acts” against Muslims were reported in France, 80 percent of them against women (mainly name-calling). Twenty-six mosques were attacked (mainly graffiti), but a few with firebombs and others with grenades (which did minor cosmetic damage)
On Feb. 11, three Muslim college students were killed in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Yet police have found no evidence of anti-Muslim prejudice from the killer, and concluded it was the result of an ongoing dispute over parking spaces)
From my suburb in southwestern Pennsylvania to the streets of Paris and across Europe, the Muslims next door are tried every day for crimes committed by those who call themselves Muslim but are Muslim in neither spirit nor action. (Oh here we go, no crime by a Muslim ever has anything to do with Islam) The Muslims next door then are sentenced to smoldering glares, denigrating comments, hate crimes, death threats and, sometimes, death. (Death – how many? A handful maybe)
In the wake of 9/11, due to the heinous actions of Muslim terrorist groups and the reactions of “Islamophobic” activists and pundits, Muslim citizens of some of the greatest democracies live in constant fear for their lives. (Then leave! Nobody’s holding you here)
Despite Islamic attacks on American soil – from 9/11 to Fort Hood to the Boston bombing – the statistics show that “Islamophobia” has not become a part of American culture.
Light-hearted conversation around the lunch table for us Muslims next door often shifts from things like volunteering at school to whether we should not wear a hijab (a religiously recommended head covering for Muslim women) so as not to disclose our identity. On one occasion, some of my women friends suggested carrying weapons, such as pepper spray, if you “still” decide to wear a hijab in public.
Carrying weapons to express our religious faith in a country built on the principle of religious liberty and everyone’s right “to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”? In a country where nudists challenge courts to bare their bodies in public in the name of free speech? In a country where members of the Jewish community freely wear yarmulkes and the Amish wear 19th-century clothing to display the depth of their beliefs? (NO Jews or Amish are repeatedly planning and attempting to carry out terrorist attacks in this country. Muslims ARE)
In this country, Muslim women have to take self-defense measures to cover their heads? (And in this country, Christian women have to defend themselves against Muslims who want to behead them)
Although five more hate crimes against Muslims were recorded in 2012 (for a total of 140 incidences) than in 2013, this year’s numbers were lower than the average number of hate crimes committed against Muslims between the years of 2002 to 2011, which numbered 139 per year.
America has inspired and attracted some of the hardest workers and brightest minds from around the world, people who felt persecuted in their countries of birth because of caste, color or religious choices. America has proved to be a land of opportunity both materially and spiritually. For centuries until Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims were met in America with curiosity, not condemnation. (Then we found out you were forcing your religious beliefs down our throats and demanding we change our culture to accommodate them, so we decided you don’t belong here. Go home)
According to Global Research, a think tank on globalization, international terrorism since 9/11 has become a multibillion-dollar industry for people and companies that “make money by keeping Americans terrified of terror attacks.” Inflammatory rhetoric drives prejudice, and we Muslims next door must live in fear. (There would be no rhetoric and resulting fear if there hadn’t been over 25,000 deadly Islamic terrorist attacks around the world just since 9/11)
Calculating the numbers as a percentage of population, Jews suffered the greatest amount of hate crimes at 9.6 hate crimes per 100,000 Jews; Muslims suffered the least amount at 4.6 anti-Islamic incidents per 100,000 Muslims).
Meanwhile, so-called jihadist organizations kill more Muslims than people of any other faith, including targeted killings of Muslim women and children. (Obviously, Muslims don’t care whom they kill)
In the face of widespread disdain, Muslims in the United States have conducted educational outreach, peace rallies, volunteer activities and social media events around the theme “Get to Know Your Neighbors.” Muslim women, especially, have become champions of building bridges by making interfaith connections. They speak to the common misperception that Islam and Muslim men mistreat them. (They do! Funny how the entire world has the same “misconceptions” about Islam)
Over the past five years, Muslim community centers in various parts of the Pittsburgh region have established committees to work with educational and nonprofit institutions in their neighborhoods. It was while representing one such community center on an interfaith panel that I realized how I have become contrite about my faith.
As I tried to help people understand Islam as a religion of peace (maybe if you would stop lying about what your death cult is, people would listen yo you), I found myself, again, trying to explain the actions of the Taliban, al-Qaida and the so-called Islamic State (Why don’t you point out the passages in the quran that match their actions?).
We American Muslims would like to be thought of as neighbors, friends and colleagues. (That ship has sailed. Never gonna happen) We give back to our communities as doctors, lawyers, engineers and entrepreneurs (And you take even more in welfare benefits). We volunteer at schools, Muslim food banks and community events. We have lived in America for many generations, just as have so many English, Polish, Italian, Irish and German Americans. (Yet you don’t consider yourselves Americans first because Islam does not allow that)
We are prepared and eager to talk with anyone about our lives and our faith. But we are proud Americans, and this land is our land, too. There is no going back to anywhere. (It is NOT your land and never will be. One way or another you will be forced to leave. I suggest you do it voluntarily before we have to force you out)