For The Houston Chronicle
You ever imagine what it would feel like to be a Muslim in America for one day? Would you be willing to trade places with one just to see?
Republican Rep. Peter King obviously could care less what it feels like to be a Muslim as he prepares to start Congressional hearings this week on what he calls Muslim "Radicalization”. I believe it is just another tactic to bash those of the Islamic faith, place us all in the same box or label of terrorists—all in the name of protecting America from “homegrown” threats. This will only divide America even more and increase Islamophobia.
In a recent editorial on the Huffington Post, titled "The Hypocrisy of Peter King", Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons wrote “…our beef with Rep. King is that while he was happy to operate within the gray areas of the IRA debate, when the conversation turned to Muslim Americans, his world view became black and white. To Rep. King, a Muslim seems to equal terrorist (or at least terrorist sympathizer), no matter what a person's background, political leanings or actions.”
Sadly, we know that there are many who think like Rep. King when Islam is discussed. This year will not only mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11, but will also mark a decade of some of the worst and most unfair treatment of everyday Muslims in this country. I have encountered it personally. It has now come to be expected and serves as motivation to continue sharing the beauty of Islam, a religion rooted in peace.
How about you become a Muslim for a day?
Read the full blog @ http://blogs.chron.com/brotherjesse/2011/03/support_today_i_am_muslim_too.html
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