I just read the article about the aftermath of the Fort Hood attack. When the writer asked this question:
"If people know that a white Christian male committing a crime is not representative of other white Christian males, why do people sometimes make the false assumption that a Muslim man committing a crime is representative of other Muslims?"
Was he serious? Well, several reasons. 9/11, the Cole, Beruit bombing, the first World trade bombing, the dancing in the streets after 9/11, the dancing in the streets after the Lockerbe terrorist is released, shall I go on? This Fort Hood terrorist was standing on a table shouting Allah Ackbar. Hello?
Re-read what Clay wrote and think. How does a group of muslims who do horrible things mean that all Muslims do?
If you take any group of people, a small segment of them do horrible things.
God, as if I don't get enough crap in my blog, I am seeking it out here. I must be a masochist.
And clay, any word on whether I can see that manuscript we discussed?
Thank you for a very enlightening and well-balanced article!
Unfortunately, anti-Muslim bias has increased, although anti-Muslim hate crimes have decreased:
As an American Muslim, it is disappointing that Islam is misunderstood by so many. I believe this is partly due to the media promoting bias as carefully researched and documented by Dr. Jack Shaheen:
And it is reflected in this journalistic story:
How Muslims are Treated in America
Test Yourself for Hidden Bias:
I also find it amazing how little people know about the history of Islam and the contributions to modern civilization as we know it:
I would also encourage reading these to better understand the Islamic stance on terrorism and extremism:
www.balancedislam.org (downloadable .pdf)
And with regard to understanding politics in the Middle East, please refer to the following excellent publication:
An American Muslim
Clay Routledge, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University.
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