Over the last few weeks, in light of anti-Park51 backlash and Qur’an burning threats, we’d ridiculed the great lengths some Muslim-Americans went to in order to prove themselves to US society and thank anyone and everyone who acknowledged Muslims’ membership in the Homo Sapiens club e.g. Anything and Everything for the US, Thank Tolerant War Criminals, Quit Thanking Zionists for Tolerating You Already! It’s good to know Ikhras is not alone in rejecting the self-insulting “Muslims are people too!” discourse.
From the Los Angeles Times:
There are those, however, within the Muslim community and outside it, who say they resent the idea that Muslims need to do a better job of telling their story to American society.
“It shouldn’t be up to Muslims to say, ‘Hey, we’re good people,’ “ Ahmed Abdel-Moniem, a 24-year-old college student, said after praying Friday at a Los Angeles mosque. “We shouldn’t have to take time out of our day to teach people that they’re judging a whole group of people based on the actions of a few.”
Such a notion puts the onus on victims of discrimination, said John Esposito, director of a center for Muslim-Christian relations at Georgetown University. He said Americans “say things about Muslims and Islam that they couldn’t get away with saying about Jews or African Americans or Italian Americans.” It is up to American society to change, not Muslims, he said.