Quote from fotografe
That is because the voices that condemn those radicals are not interesting to hear. I can't tell you how many peaceful demonstrations my family has attended here in the Boston area where the first words out of the speakers' mouths were "We condemn all acts of violence. They are not Islamic". Yet there were no or few tv cameras there. The only pictures that appear in the paper are of the one crazy guy who ALWAYS shows up at these things with an outlandish sign condemning Israel. I took my daughter to a gathering recently to condemn the invasion of Lebanon and the firing of rockets by Hezbollah on civilian targets. Yes we condemned both acts. All there condemned both acts. Muslims, Chistians and Jews all represented. It was a peaceful AND collaborative event. Nothing in the news about it. My daughter asked me afterwards "Did George Bush hear me today?" I sadly had to tell her no. Hardly anyone heard us today. But we do still need to keep talking. Teaching.
We paid a visit to the Holocaust memorial in Downtown Boston and I explained to her what happened and who Adolf Hitler was. I told her it is important for us to speak up when we see something that is not right. She asked how we stop the killing in Iraq. I said we talk to our President through our Senators and Congressman. She asked who that was. Who does she talk to. She stood under those glass towers, my little 5 year old,
imploring Ted Kennedy to stop the killing. So that her best friend could go home to visit her dying grandmother. And when the invasion of Lebanon happened, the Holocaust memorial was the first place she wanted to go. Not as an anti-Israel statement. She thinks of those towers as a place where you right wrongs. Where you stand up and speak out the truth.
So TImothy, the voices are out there and they ARE numerous. It is as much a fault of the media that those voices are not heard as it is that not enough are screaming from the rooftops. Peace is not interesting news. That is the sad reality.
Be sure that I, and lots of other parents out there. are teaching our children to use their voices. I am hoping her generation can turn this mess around. Ours has failed miserably.
To hear statements from the American Islamic community, I suggest you subscribe to the newsletter of CAIR -- the COuncil on American Islamic Relations. They do an excellent job of gathering news about the activities of the Muslim community in the UNited States. You don't have to agree with all of their posiitons, but you will at least HEAR what those positions are. You can not rely on mainstream media to bring it to you.
I will certainly consider subscribing to CAIR, but, really, I wasn't truly speaking of American Muslims. I know how stridently you oppose the misinterpretations of your faith. And, I know that 9/11 was just as personal for you.
In reality, my comments are more aimed at those in the region. The Clerics of Iran practically endorse such behavior. And in Egypt, Saudi, and the whole M. East rim, there is much silence on the issue. Even as many of those nations aid America in the war on terror, they prefer to do so quietly. There are exceptions, of course.
And I have every belief in the fact that the media is not normally unbiased, politically or otherwise. When I was much younger, I used to be thankful that at least I live in America were the news is free and true. In my aging, I have discovered that the news should be much more aggressively dug out. The media rarely outright lies, but you are correct in that they 'lie by omission' when it comes to how they report things.
And I agree with Spacenurse's original thread title, nationalism IS more at issue than faith. If the Israli/Palestinian conflict were resolved, that would go far to reduce such radicalism in the region. Radicalism only gets a foothold where desperation abounds.
And, it is quite easy for Americans to turn on the TV and see the M. East dancing after terror attacks and assume the link to Islam when in reality, the faithful would never dance about such things.
All these things I understand. Still, it saddens me that the religious leaders in the region don't take a larger stand to protect their faith. If it were my religion under attack (and I think that Islam is just as much under attack as 'the West'), I would go out of my way to point it out.
I know those in America, in fact, DO go out of their way to do just that. And, I appreciate that.
As I was typing this, the news was saying that more immigrants of Islamic faith came to America last year than any other year. And why not? It's a great place to live, regardless of faith.