ISLAMOPHOBIA IN THE US AND THE OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES
by Syarif Hidayat
A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
I think that the US Constitution guarantees the Freedom of Religion! So it is wise for the mostly (I guess) well-educated Americans to stop thinking and talking about one religion threatening the other. Islam prohibits forcing (by way of forceful persuasion or giving food or money in exchange for converting) someone to convert into Islam. Converting to Islam must be based on his or her own free choice. But why there is Islamophobia in the US?
No Christianophobia in my Country
I could not speak on behalf of the other Muslims (Muslim world). I only speak on behalf of myself. But as a journalist, I know the opinions of the main stream in the Muslim world. I think Muslims don’t insist on demanding respect from the other religious believers. What we want is simply: DON’T DISTURB US. In Muslim world there is no such a thing as making a Mockery Cartoon of Jesus (you could look for it around the world), while the other religious believers (especially Christians) made the Mockery Cartoon of Prophet Muhammad PBUH several times and there was even a Mockery Film of our Prophet PBUH. There was even a case in my country (the exact area: Bekasi, Jakarta suburb, Indonesia) that a (white, but I don’t know his nationality) pastor was trying to make a fake of himself. He was disguising himself as an Imam and wearing a complete attire of an Imam. He tried to mislead Muslims using his fake Al Qur’an. But fortunately he often mispronounced some verses of Al Qur’an when he tried to read or recite the verses and he also often made mistakes when he tried to greet someone in Islamic way of greetings or he also exclaimed in Christian way when he was surprised. So he became a very peculiar but funny laughing stock in the neighborhood because he looked more like an untrained and ragtag Clown rather than an Islamic Imam LOL…LO…WILDLY hahaha. I am very very sorry for him, he has not done enough of his homework. We muslims respect Jesus (in Islam – we call him Prophet Isa). One of the six pillars of Iman (faith) in Islam – we believe in Allah SWT messengers (Prophet Isa is one of the messengers). In Islam there is no such a thing as making a fake (counterfeit) Injil or Taurat (The Bible) because one of six pillars of faith in Islam is that we believe in Allah SWT’s Holy Books that include Taurat, Injil and Zabur (The Bible and Torah) beside Al Qur’an. The other religious believers have made some fake Al Qur’an or have changed some verses of The Holy Qur’an – their goal is to mislead Muslims. In Islam there is no such a thing as sending missionaries to other countries especially the poor countries in Asia and Africa giving food or money in exchange for converting into the religion. The other religions are doing that aggressively. Despite those unfriendly actions by the other religious believers, until now there is no such a thing as Christianophobia in my country.
Victims extrimists and terrorists
There is nothing wrong with the religions (Islam, Christian, Jewish or other beliefs). But there are many things wrong with the followers. You can look into history like Adold Hitler’s actions (extremist or fundamentalist?). How many people were killed? What is his religion? We return to the realities that are hapening nowadays. The actions of NeoCon extremists and Republican hawks (fundamentalists) who advocated the wrongful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How many innocent people were killed there? What is their religions? In short we should speak based on facts. Compare how many people were killed using Atomic bomb and other WMD by Western extremists and fundamentalists who controlled some of Western governments? and How many people were killed by Muslim extremists or terrorists? How many innocent people killed by Zionist Israel?
Global Muslim Holocaust
The post-1950 global avoidable mortality totals 1.3 billion including 0.6 billion avoidable deaths in the Muslim World – 100 times greater than the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (6 million victims) or the contemporaneous but forgotten man-made Bengal Famine in British-ruled India (4 million victims and a 1940s demographic deficit in Bengal of over 10 million).
There have been 18 million excess deaths associated with post-1950 US Asian wars; post-1950 excess deaths and undr-5 infant deaths in countries occupied by Israel total 24 million and 17 million, respectively.
US-Israeli State terrorism and UK-US State Terrorism come at a terrible human cost – thus, as detailed below, post-invasion excess deaths in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories total 3.3 million but in comparison 7,000 Western civilians have been murdered by Muslim-origin non-state terrorists over the last 40 years (including Israelis and making the very arguable assumption of no American or Israeli complicity in 9/11).
The post-invasion excess deaths in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories total 0.3, 0.9 and 2.1 million, respectively – 60% infants, mostly Women and Children and largely due to Occupier violation of the Geneva, Universal Human Rights, Genocide and Rights of the Child Conventions that demand unequivocally that Occupiers keep their Conquered Subjects ALIVE (see: Geneva Conventions: http://www.genevaconventions.org/ ; Geneva Conventions relative to protection of Civilians in time of war: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm ; UN Genocide Convention: http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow/genocide/convention.html ; UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html ; UN Rights of the Child Convention: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/k2crc.htm ).
Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Genocides – the Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Holocausts. There are about 6 million Palestinian refugees; about 80,000 flee their Homeland each year; about 80% of West Bank Christian Arabs have fled; 3.5 million Occupied Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel in abusive, illegal and traumatizing conditions for nearly 40 years; 1.5 million Israeli Arabs are subject to racial discrimination including the requirement fro compulsory carriage of race-specifying ID (cf Nazi era Europe).
The UN estimates that 2 million Iraqis have fled their Homeland and about 100,000 are fleeing US-occupied Iraq each month. There are about 3.7 million Afghan refugees. Consult UNICEF (see: http://www.unicef.org/ ) and you will discover that roughly 0.5 million under-5 year old infants die each year in these Occupied Territories i.e. 1,300 daily (e.g. on Christmas Day) or one per minute. This is egregious Genocide as defined by the UN Genocide Convention (see: http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow/genocide/convention.html ).
US-Israeli State Terrorists (USISTs) and Racist Zionists (RZs) have been obscenely exploiting the horrendous reality of the Jewish Holocaust and have also been actively promoting anti-Arab anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and anti-Asian xenophobia that is now entrenched in the West.
As shown by the above statistics, the Racist Zionists (RZs) and the Racist Bush-ites (RBs) – most notably the Racist Religious Right Republican (R4) Bush-ites and the Bush-ites of US lackeys such as the UK and Racist White Australia – are involved in egregious Holocaust Commission AND Holocaust denial.
If we debate this without using facts, there will be no end to the debate. So let the facts speak for themselves. Based on these facts, we could have a peaceful inter-religious dialogue!
Why there is Islamophobia in the Western countries and why Terry Jones and his followers want to burn Al Qur’an?
I think the root causes could be:
1) Islamophobia that is being incited by the Western medias circus’ biased news reportings about Islam and alleged terrorist actions by Muslims.
All Europe was a christian region for a long time before and only for some centuries islamic “groups” (Muslims) were living in Europe: in Spain … and in Balkan the islamic “Osmanians”. After World War II Islamic people (Muslims) came to Europe to live and work: Turks in Germany, North-Africans from former French colonies and others work in France. Now-a-days Western people are afraid of islamic terrorism. It is because terrorism is not reported in a good balance by western medias circus!!! Looking to the real statitics in Europe and in the USA there is less terrorism by Muslims than by other groups, but the Western medias circus spread the biased news reportings …In USA there is even a little bit more terrorism by Jewish people than by Islamic people and the most is by Latinos. In Europe, most terrorism is done by different separatists! But in the end you hear more about muslim terror and murderer in the news than about “Europeans and Americans”. If two different people kill some one, you read in the press:”A MAN killed his wife” (not mentioned a CHRISTIAN) but you read “A MUSLIM killed his sister because she did not live like a muslimah. You read the news about Muslim fundamentalist killed a woamn! If there are plane hijackings or some building bombings done by Christians. We will hear and read the news that the hijackers or the bombers are criminals. But if the hijackers are Muslims, no need for furthr real investigations, the news must read they are Muslim terrorists.
2) Extremist Pastor Terry Jones and his followers are very panic because Islam is spreading rapidly in the Western countries especially America.
Stupid actions encouraged by stupid conspiracy
If Terry Jones and his followers burn Al Qur’an because of the 911 tragedy that was allegedly done by Muslim terrorirts, it is a very stupid action to do by the average well-educated (I guess) Americans. This proves that their reasons are based on stupid NeoCons conspiracy because… former CIA official Milt Bearden says that this (the WTC attack) was a sophisticated job that couldn’t have been done by Osama bin Laden’s terrorists, he says we should look elsewhere. Even the FBI’s own most wanted website doesn’t state bin Laden was involved in 9/11. When the FBI was asked why 9/11 isn’t listed under Bin Laden’s crimes, the FBI responded by saying “There’s simply no evidence linking Bin Laden to 9/11”. Bearden talks about bin Ladens non-existent involvement in 911 and how the CIA trained Osama bin Laden. Here are also some quotes to confirm that confession: “We’ve never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming.” — Dick Cheney, “Interview of the Vice President by Tony Snow”, March 29, 2006.
“9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connected Bin Laden to 9/11.” — FBI agent Rex Tomb, June 6, 2006.
Religious mutual respect
I have some quotes from Al Qur’an about the religious mutual respect in English and German:
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Say: (O Muhammad PBUH to these Mushrikûn and Kâfirûn ): “O Al-Kafirûn (disbelievers in Allah, in His Oneness, in His Angels, in His Holy Books (Taurat, Injil, Zabur and Al Qur’an), in His Messengers, in the Day of Resurrection, and in Al-Qadar )! I worship not that which you worship, Nor will you worship that which I worship.And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping. Nor will you worship that which I worship.TO YOU BE YOUR RELIGION, and TO ME MY RELIGION (Islamic Monotheism).” – Al Qur’an, Surah Al Kafirun.
Im Namen Allahs, des Allerbarmers, des Barmherzigen!
“Sprich: “”O ihr Ungläubigen! “Ich diene nicht dem, dem ihr dient, und ihr dient nicht Dem, Dem ich diene. Und ich werde nicht Diener dessen sein, dem ihr dient, und ihr werdet nicht Diener Dessen sein, Dem ich diene. “Ihr habt eure Religion, und ich habe meine Religion.”” – Al Qur’an, Surah Al Kafirun.
Do some research, please, don’t just believe anything you want, prove it to yourself with facts and documents.