|ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept 3 — It is time for the United States to stop treating every American Muslim as somehow suspect, leaders of the faith said at their largest annual convention, which ended here on Monday.|
Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans should distinguish between mainstream Muslims and the radical fringe, the leaders said.
“Muslim Americans feel an increasing level of tension and scrutiny in contemporary society,” said Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim organization in the United States and the convention organizer.
The image problems were among the topics most discussed by many of the 30,000 attendees. A fresh example cited was an open letter from two Republican House members, Peter Hoekstra of Michigan and Sue Myrick of North Carolina, that attacked the Justice Department for sending envoys to the convention because, the lawmakers said, the Islamic Society of North America was a group of “radical jihadists.”
The lone Muslim in Congress, Representative Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota, the keynote speaker here, dismissed the letter as ill informed and typical of bigoted attacks that other minorities have suffered.
Leaders of American Muslim organizations attribute the growing intolerance to three main factors: global terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, disappointing reports from the Iraq war and the agenda of some supporters of Israel who try taint Islam to undermine the Palestinians.
It all come back to the Jews, do you think the mystery Israel supporters have to do anything other than say look at the news to undermine them? Between Hamas and Fatah, Palestinians have done 95% of that work.
These so-called Muslim leaders wonder why Muslims are suspect? The biggest cause of distrust are Islamic terrorists attack, add cartoon riots, numerous threats and killings of individuals in the name of Islam then add in the excuse making, islamophobia talk, whining as a way to deflect any sort of questioning or investigation into suspect entities. What the hell do you expect to happen?
|Muslim groups are often treated as suspect, speakers said. In a trial that started in July in Dallas, federal prosecutors named the Islamic Society of North America as part of an effort to raise money for groups the government considers terrorists, but did not charge it with wrongdoing.|
The Justice Department has to decide on its law enforcement side what its considers a target, said Khurrum Wahid, a prominent Muslim defense lawyer.
“Are they going to continue to say that the higher degree of religiosity you have the higher likelihood that you are a threat, because that’s the message they’ve sent,” Mr. Wahid said.
Considering the higher degree of religiosity considering European cases the better the chance of illegality. If any of these American Muslim leaders continue to imply cooperation is dependent on how law enforcement or even the public treats them.
They are going to get a bad lesson considering how the MCB in the UK pulled this stunt for years and backed themselves in a corner when they realized the public was not going to fall for it. It also made Muslims over there even more suspect in the eyes of the public. Do not make it out that Muslims are putting themselves in front of being American first, all that does is harm the community.