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An answer to “why don’t ‘moderate’ Muslims speak up?” (or some variation)

Every single time we have had an event, lecture or public discussion, and hundreds of times through e-mail, we are asked to explain why “moderate” Muslim voices are not speaking up against the “extremists”, “jihadists”, “Islamofacists”, etc.

Of course, the premise of the question is that Muslims are not speaking up and the person asking wants to know why not. On the surface, it seems innocent and an obvious question. The person asking doesn’t  see Muslims speaking out against it, doesn’t understand why not and therefore wonder if the silence means that all Muslims approve of the actions of the most extreme. But, it also means that we are not paying attention to the actions and sacrifices of the Muslim community.

It would be easy to blame the nature of the media. A story every time a Muslim individual or organization denounces terrorism, stands up for free speech or declares their patriotism is not exciting enough to be featured in the newspapers or on television.

I used to keep a list of examples of times individuals or organizations issued press releases condemning terrorism but I lost count in the hundreds. If you look, the statements are easy to find. On any Muslim organization website, you will find a section for these statements. In some cases, the organizations have gone above and beyond, even showing support for other religious organizations that were attacked, vandalized or smeared even when Muslims had nothing to do with the attack as in this case.

For those not impressed with statements, let us look at what people are doing on the ground. Professor Ahmed uses two great examples of how Muslims are giving their lives for the fight.  In Pakistan for example, over 30,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in he War on Terror. 30,000 people killed by the Taliban or in service of the US backed fight against the Taliban in Pakistan. How’s that for Muslims standing up to terror? Continue reading

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Review from the creator of ‘Everybody draw Mohammed Day’

Molly Norris, who drew the cartoon “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” took a look at Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam and wrote a review for City Arts Magazine in Seattle. Read the excellent review below.

The chasm between Muslims and non-Muslims in America has become glaring. I should know, since creating a cartoon about censorship entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” I have been experiencing the conflict first-hand.

Practically every day now, I hear about people picketing mosques and of Muslims feeling persecuted. Just in time, Akbar Ahmed’s Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam has arrived.

Mr. Ahmed’s premise is that America must build a new identity. By glossing over our history of slavery or by perhaps clinging to myths about the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock, many Americans have held to an identity that is way past its pull date.

This, Ahmed suggests, contributes to our country’s descent into a financial, moral and intellectual morass while we blindly chant “We’re number one!”

According to Mr. Ahmed, America’s return to glory depends directly on whether our Muslim and non-Muslim communities can get along. Read the entire review here.