Islamophobia

Islamophobia, like all phobias, is based not on ignorance but on false beliefs

islamophobia3 Reza Aslan provides crucial insight on the source and cause of widespread islamophobia in the US and around the world and the best way to counter it.

[I]t’s easy to assume Americans harbor an anti-Muslim sentiment because of the September 11 attacks. As Aslan explains that’s not exactly the case, because there’s been a rise in Islamophobia since 2001. “The further we got away from 9/11, the higher the anti-Muslim sentiment grew, so something else must be going on – there must be another reason,” Aslan explained.

That reason is not just ignorance, he says.5-16-His-Religion-Relevant-

[It] comes down to  consistent and biased anti-Muslim messages that trickle down and become talking points for the media, and politicians during election season. “All of this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Aslan said.

There is plenty of information about Islam out there and so many ways that people can inform and educate themselves and each other as to the true nature of Islamic practices and beliefs, but very few bother to access this information and those who do are not apt to believe it, because their minds are already made up by a steady and constant barrage of misinformation and rhetoric against Muslims disseminated over decades through the mainstream media. 6a00d83451bab869e200e54f3f3dbb8833-800wi nutshell

When you look at the facts, Aslan explained, negative views of Muslims are far from the truth. Poll, after poll, after poll shows Muslims are the least tolerant of violence, have the highest level of education and income among religious groups in the U.S., and are highly assimilated, yet they aren’t portrayed that way.

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“Bigotry is not the result of ignorance. I would love to say the answer is education, and knowledge, but that doesn’t work in changing people’s mind,” Aslan said. Though, you can lay out the numbers for Americans, and try to educate folks on the truth about Islam – it doesn’t work, it doesn’t change anyone’s mind. What does? Aslan ended his talk explaining that building relationships is the answer – the key for change.  “When you have a relationship with someone, it’s hard to hate them,” he said. The barrier will be broken through art, stories, relationships, and even sitcoms. 

The same dynamics apply to just about every group of people out there, no matter what their beliefs. images-89780811828871

That’s why we can’t even think about discussing a program once it’s been labeled “socialist” or “communist.” The conversation is routinely aborted before it even begins because the mainstream media has so effectively placed these ideas off limits. If we really want to take back control of our lives and our country, we must first take back control of our minds. We must cut out the middleman – the mainstream media – by forging direct relationships with our neighbors and our countrymen instead.

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  1. Let the “christian-zionists” ponder this…… though pondering is not in their vocabulary.
    Islam is the closest religion to Judaism. If you take Mohammad out of Islam, what is left is Judaism, almost all their religious laws are the same. Sharia law copies Halacha law. Jews and Moslems got along beautifully until Israel replaced the original inhabitants of Palestine who were treated exactly the same way the American Indians were treated and much worse.
    Islam, like Christianity, accepts the Jewish Bible and is based largely upon Jewish ideas and traditions. The philosophical underpinnings of Islam, however, are more closely aligned with those of Judaism. Whereas Christianity incorporates the idea of the “trinity,” Islam believes in one all-powerful, infinite God.
    Mohammed, the founder of Islam, based many of his beliefs on the practices of local Jewish population in his native Mecca. For example, the Moslem practices of not eating pig, circumcision, daily prayer and fasting during the first month of the year were all culled directly from Judaism.

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  2. youtube search: why we are afraid warner

    There is no amount of phobia unwarranted for the religion of violence and torture. This is all propaganda. Don’t look at what liberals, political hopefuls and corporatist liars write, look at history. The above video is 40 minutes long. By the end of the vid, you’ll be like me: Once infected, your soul is gone and your humanity is also. I’m not anti-muslim, I’m just pro truth. Watch the video. Stop the ignorance.

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