The neoconservatives that control Fox News and most other media networks have programmed society into believing that Islam is defined by terrorism. According to them, Islam promotes violence, and therefore, all Muslims are dangerous. They speak this racist and bigoted ideology as if it is irrefutably fact, and base their notions off of their interpretation of the Qur’an and from the actions and beliefs of Muslim extremists. However, what’s absolutely preposterous is the fact that in their biased minds, Christianity is completely exempt from any form of terrorism because the faith “only” promotes peace. Conservative Christians argue that “all acts of terrorism are done in the name of Islam.”
I guess that’s to be expected from them considering 77% of America is actually Christian. However, how can anyone overlook all of the terrorism committed in the name of Christianity? The Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Centennial Olympic Park bombing, Oklahoma City Bombings, Planned Parenthood bombing, Charleston Church Shooting, and many others were acts executed by Christian fundamentalists. But, none of these deeds were considered terrorism because they weren’t committed by Muslims. This reasoning is racist and is the hallmark of white conservative ideology. Instead of these bigots attacking individuals who commit atrocities in the name of Islam, they paint the picture that all Muslims are radicals dangerous to society.
Below are 5 of the top bigoted beliefs that white conservatives use to demonize Muslims:
1.) “Isis is Islamic and argues ‘convert or die.'”
Yes Isis is Islamic and does threaten death to people who don’t share their same faith, but so does the Ku Klux Klan. This terrorist organization utilizes complete subjugation and intimidation to maintain Protestant Christian values. The KKK is notorious for beating, lynching, murdering, raping, and destroying property in the name of Christianity.
Nevertheless, the group is not representative of Christianity, and neither is ISIS of Islam. The fact is that every religion has extremists that utilize portions of their faith to justify violent or terrorist acts. This is not exclusive to Islam.
2.) “Muslim leaders and organizations are not speaking out against terrorism and standing up for their religion.”
There are several leaders and organizations that not only speak out against terrorism, but also fight for justice and equality for all races. The issue is that they aren’t acknowledged by the media. White conservatives tend to use terrorist deeds to propagate the notion that Islam is a “bad” and “violent” religion. Being frank, giving voice to the 1.6 billion Muslims that completely reject the extremist agenda isn’t newsworthy and goes against their agenda.
3.) “The justice system in Muslim countries is more primitive and subjugate women more than other countries.”
This is coming from the people within a country that still pays women seventy-five cents to every dollar paid to men performing the same job. Is it fair to associate this fact with the doctrine of Christianity?
Although it may be true that there are some Muslim majority countries that serve a major injustice to women, that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith. White conservatives are notorious for perpetrating the idea that Muslim countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia–where women are aren’t necessarily considered free and equal–represent all Islamic countries. The fact is that there are more Muslim countries where women maintain complete autonomy than not.
4.) “This world is being crippled by Islamic extremists and the world is too cowardly to unite against them.”
The only extremists that “this world is being crippled by” are racists. They have completely divided communities and caused societal chaos. Racists have systematically infiltrated the world politically, socially, and economically, impacting the freedoms and advantages of others, while preserving white privilege.
Mention these facts to a white conservative and he’s likely to call you a “terrorist!”
5.) “There are many verses in the Qur’an that preaches violence and hate.”
Although this may be true, there are as many in the bible that encourages the same thing. The doctrines themselves aren’t a danger to humanity, but instead the individuals cherry-picking specific portions and interpreting them as justifying their dangerous behaviors or acts.
Overall, white conservatives use the media to distort the Islamic faith and perpetuate the idea that Islam is evil, and therefore, Muslims are too. You can’t accept this belief system based on extremist behavior without considering the radical acts perpetrated by individuals in all religions.
The fact is that there have been more terrorist attacks in America executed by Christian extremists than of any Muslim radical group since 9/11. As a matter of fact, as mentioned before, the KKK is a Christian based group that explicitly creates terror on American minorities to date and still isn’t even recognized as a terrorist group by law. (Nevertheless, there are organizations fighting to change this). Therefore, if anyone is to be feared, it should be Christians, which is very bigoted to suggest, right?
Well, think about this the next time you fear a Muslim solely on the basis of their religion of choice.
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