Saturday, November 21, 2009

Muslim America’s Image Crisis

This week’s column was going to be about how the Obama Administration’s vigilance against domestic terror plots has further bruised Islam’s battered image among Americans, and what Muslims can do about it – when along came Fort Hood, where a Muslim-American army major reportedly gunned down 13 people on Thursday.

American Muslim leaders were swift to distance Islam from the tragedy.

“We make it [clear] that the American Muslim community condemns the attack in the strongest possible words,” Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American Muslim Relations (CAIR), was quoted as saying. “No political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence.”

The message is vital. Most Muslims are not terrorists. 

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