Persecution against Muslims and Jews

October 23, 2006 at 11:06 pm (Blogs, Islam, Islamism, Judaism, The United States, Websites)

When Muslims talk about The United States, whether they are in The United States or outside of it, they are quite wont to claim that there is rampant bigotry, persecution, and offenses against Muslims throughout The United States. (This is blamed on neo-cons, Zionists, Jews, CIA, Mossad, the Government of The United States, Christians, secularists and/or atheists, Freemasons, so on and so forth.)

Considering the above, this is an interesting bit of information (emphasis added):

Who hates whom in America?

If the latest FBI hate-crime statistics are any indication, of the 1,314 verified offenses motivated by religious bias, 68.5 percent were anti-Jewish.

Only 11.1 percent were anti-Islamic, despite claims of rampant anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.S. by groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations.

(From “American Jews top hate-crime targets” by WorldNetDaily. Thanks to “The Islamophobia Myth” by Patrick of Clarity & Resolve.)

Perhaps we are underestimating the validity of anti-Semitic paranoia among Jews and quite overestimating the validity of anti-Islamic paranoia among Muslims.

Frankly, I have always refused to accept the claim that Muslims are being persecuted in The United States. That good-will towards them has decreased is quite obvious (and organizations like CAIR are not winning them any friends), Muslims are free, just as ever before, to do what they want. In fact, Muslims are far too thin-skinned, are too quick to assume offense, and are in a way even quite infantile.

I think we, especially on the conservative, Republican, and/or libertarian side of the blogosphere, should do more to raise awareness of anti-Semitism and to condemn it unequivocally. I, myself, am guilty of not doing enough, for which I hope my Jewish, Israeli, and pro-Semitic readers will forgive me.

(!עם ישראל חי)

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4 Comments

  1. Christopher Taylor said,

    Reading message boards and comment sections outside the USA I read all kinds of claims like this… as well as claims we kill Mexicans trying to cross the border. How can they know otherwise, nobody in the news will give the real story, and nobody cares to correct the lies. As long as it kicks the US in the bags, who cares if it’s true?

  2. Sulayman F said,

    Hate crimes against Muslims are up 1000% since before 9/11. Jewish people may suffer more hate crimes (but not by Muslims in America), but don’t belittle the fact that mosques have burned down and Muslims have been killed. Antisemitism and Islamophobia are both evils that we should fight together.

    The ADL claims 17% of Americans are anti-Semitic. Surveys report that 25% of Americans are Islamophobic to some degree.

    You’re making light of the fact that Muslims have suffered open discrimation. People called me “Bin Laden” while speeding by in their cars. Women wearing hijabs have had theirs ripped off by strangers.

  3. Christopher Taylor said,

    Certainly to whatever extent Muslims are ill treated in America it ought to stop, that’s rude and unAmerican. But at the same time, Muslims should be more open, loud, and strident about their opposition to people doing great evil in their name. That would be much more useful and helpful to the cause than complaining about Islamophobia and crying foul.

    Don’t you think?

    Certainly it’s wrong to downplay the fact that Jews suffer much more from bigotry, hatred, and outright violence in the US than Muslims do and ever have.

  4. BU2 Seabee said,

    Also, something I would like to point out. There are some situations, not in the U.S. but in other majority Muslim nations, where Shi’ites are persecuted by Sunni’s and vice versa. So it could very well be said that perhaps:

    1) Muslims need to get their own house in order and stop killing each other over interfaith issues before they look outside themselves for persecuters.

    2) Perhaps instead of looking for reasons to force their beliefs on others they should look at their actions an consider why those actions might not jibe with a “Religion of Peace”.

    3) Stop trying to create a “Global Caliphate” or “Reclaim Muslim Lands”. There already exist plenty of nations that are controlled by Islam. If you want to begin making “historical” claims on land how far back in history do you want to go?

    Bigotry and hatred should not be downplayed in any instance, however at the moment, as far as I know, there is only one group that contains a religion that is trying to actively propagate itself through violence.

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