June 7, 2013

The Personal Impact of Negative Attitudes Toward Islam

Melody Moezzi recently posted an op-ed on CNN's Belief Blog titled A plea from an exhausted Muslim woman. She begins by noting that it is fairly common to hear public officials (e.g., Tony Blair) disparaging her religion. She suggests that there is a different standard in that these same officials who do not think twice about criticizing Islam would never make similar statements about Christianity or Judaism. I suspect she's right about that.
But Muslims are used to having their faith openly denigrated by public officials.

We’re used to people failing to distinguish between “Islam” and “a few Muslims.” And we’re used to being called terrorists despite the fact that the vast majority of terrorist acts on American and European soil have been carried out by non-Muslims.
Moezzi uses the bulk of her article in what I assume is an effort to raise awareness of the long-term impact of what she describes as "hate and hostility directed at you on a daily basis" on ordinary Muslims. I'll leave it to you to determine whether she succeeded.

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