(WASHINGTON D.C., June 13, 2002) -- MPAC is strongly concerned that a rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab speech in American civil society is leading to an increase in hate-crimes and anti-Muslim and anti-Arab incidents that are likely to grow unless the hate speech stops.
On the same day that Southern Baptist Christian President, Rev. Jerry Vines, continues to refuse to repudiate anti-Islamic remarks he made at the SBC convention on June 11 calling the Prophet Muhammed a "demon-possessed pedophile", a mosque in Northern California was burglarized and vandalized with various hate filled expletives spray painted on the walls. Milpitas, CA police have reported that they will investigate the incident as a hate crime.
In addition, columnist for the Washington Times Paul Craig Roberts writes in an editorial today, "Despite the terrible events of September 11, the United States government continues to issue hundreds of thousands of visas to young Muslims ... the unasked question is why the Untied States is allowing any visas to be issued to Muslims"
And activists in Orlando, Florida report that area talk show host Shannon Burke has aroused fear and outrage in the Orlando Muslim community by making statements that include, "We should close all our borders to all Muslims", "Muslims are cruel" (his producer Colin Brady said this), "Islam hates education. That's why literacy, science and mathematics are regarded by scholars in Islam to be a threat to Islam", "Islam hates democracy and hates the United States" and "The bottom line is that any new invention, any innovation, is seen by Islam as an offence to Allah."
MPAC Communications Director Sarah Eltantawi said of these recent trends, "there seems a disturbing 'upping of the ante' when it comes to socially-permissible generalizations to make against Muslims and Arabs. Hate filled, stereotypical and thoughtless statements can erode the tradition of civilized discourse on this country like a cancer, setting the stage for further breakdowns of civilized behavior. Normalizing terrible statements against Islam's most revered prophet and calling for a complete severing of ties with all Muslims are sentiments completely at odds with a nation that prides itself on freedom, tolerance, and an educated populace. We must double our efforts to spread non-sensationalized, accurate information about the seven million Muslims that call this great nation home and the fifth of humanity that practice Islam"
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.
I belive until someone says something the hatred and judgements will still be believed. Make people who don't understand Islam, understand that you are not about violence put peace and I don't think that is conveyed. Maybe then people will have knowledge. When people have knowledge they are not afraid and will not judge.
The article of june 13, 2002 about hate crimes and hate speech is right in line with this country. Remember this country commited genocide against the Native people and went all the way to Africa to enslave Africans for over 200 years, hate is woven into the fabric of America. Being a muslim I knew this was coming after 9/11, also remember this country is controlled by Zionist Jews. They control all forms of communication, the government/legal field, finincial and education. All you have to do is read "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" to figure out what is going on. These comments should make us more steadfast in our religion as the holy quran have stated. This country is the biggest lie and do not be fooled. That is why I do not care what they say as an African American ... .. If they say up, it is really down , if they say down, it is really up. The "Protocols" brings everything to light and tells of the conspiracy. So all I have to say is that Allah a has given us a great relgion and do not forget it or aplogize for it. Peace be onto you, my brothers and sisters