Here's a job posting worthy of only the most stellar applicants. In fact, only those rare individuals with near-superhuman powers to untangle the crossed circuitry in the American mindset need apply.
"What do you believe would be the best approach for unraveling the misperceptions and outright bigotry toward Muslims that goes virtually unchallenged daily in the U.S.?"
Yes, the American Muslim community needs a Walter Cronkite, conceded
As Tarin and others point out, Muslims in the U.S. do not control their own story telling. And far too often, they leave a vacuum only too readily filled by those who view Muslims as anti-Christian terror suspects first, foremost and sometimes completely.
Muslims need to imprint a more positive image in the public mind, and the best way to do that is by pointing out more effectively who they are, rather than taking a defensive posture.
What are they up against? Consider this doozy of an advertisement a Baptist church in
Among other idiotic statements, the ad darkly warned that in 30 years the U.S. Muslim population will be 50 million. How will a community that numbers only 2.35 million today achieve that demographic feat? Through "immigration, reproduction, education, the government, illegal drugs and by supporting the gay agenda," said the ad.
So why is a nice U.S.-born Christian newspaper columnist concerned that the American Muslim community get a fair hearing? And why should all non-Muslims of good will want the same?
It's simple. Minority groups under attack need allies from the broader majority. And when members of the mainstream help, they strengthen social bonds that help draw these minorities into civic participation. To put it another way, I believe that keeping America safe from Muslim extremists will require the help and cooperation of patriotic American Muslims. Why denigrate your best allies?
Just what is this
Many Americans believe Muslims are unable and unwilling to assimilate -- a charge that has been leveled against almost every non-Anglo immigrant group, including the Irish, the Germans and Jews, at some point in American history.
And sure enough, younger Muslims are among the least likely to be registered to vote, a Gallup poll found in 2008.
Yet Tarin explains: "We're still in our infancy for political and civic engagement. We have to do in 30 years what other communities have done in 150 years."
Despite being a largely immigrant group (two-thirds of adult Muslims are foreign-born), a
I'm pretty well read about issues pertaining to immigrants, yet I've never heard any of those statistics. They're facts worth building an image campaign around. Applications are due
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