Friday, October 15, 2004

U.S. Muslims Feeling "Beleaguered"

From WaPo. Many U.S. Muslims are feeling "beleagured" and "discouraged". Three years after 9/11, "many Muslims say the atmosphere seems much bleaker. Anti-Muslim sentiment appears to be hardening into a permanent feature of public discourse."

"A recent national poll found that almost one-third of Americans respond with a negative image when they hear the word "Muslim."" After all the beheading and suicide bombers I'm impressed it's so low.

You have to get to the second page of the article before things start to get interesting.

"The Los Angeles-based Muslims Public Affairs Council has expressed disappointment that no American Muslims were included in the drafting of the federal 9/11 Commission report." They are also concerned that "no American Muslim occupies a policy making position in key agencies that deal with the Muslim world."

Now I wonder why that could be? The same day as this article, we get this piece from AFP. Trapped between duty and devotion - the US army's Muslims. It seems some Muslims feel "torn between their religion" and "duty to their country."

But some Muslims get it. Shahed Amanullah, a Georgetown University graduate student, said "he found the rhetoric of most Muslim leaders so "simplistic and naive"."

"I'm just so sick and tired of hearing that 'Islam is peace.' It's a conversation killer; it's an intellectual thought-killer. It's meaningless," Amanullah said. "Most Americans want to know that Muslims are dealing with our own problems even if they're not solved. What they don't want to hear is that everything is fine with us . . . this kind of denial mode."

Rock on Shahed. I couldn't have said it better myself. Good luck.

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