In response to a recent article that I forwarded to my list, one person responded by forwarding to me an article by a hardcore pro-Israel propagandist, Jeff Jacoby, in which he decries the silence of Muslims regarding the violent reaction to the Pope's comments.
I replied that this would have been a good article, only if it was true and factual.
Almost every Muslim scholar and leader decried the use of violence or threat in responding to the Pope's unfortunate and unwise comments. The killers of the nun in Somalia were arrested and will be punished, hopefully soon. Read my earlier comments on this issue:
Muslims also are collecting money to rebuild the 3 vandalized churches.
The question is do we want to see the truth or do we just want to spread false information in order to advance an agenda of division and hatred at all cost?
It seems that some, on all sides, are just eager to see our world blanketed by hatred, division and violence. I ask myself why?
The Al-Qaeda-type want to recruit more naive Muslims into their bloody and unholy war.
The Pat Robertson-type want to speed up Armageddon and the second coming of Christ.
The Jeff Jacoby-type and all other pro-Israel propagandists want to demonize Muslims in order to justify Israel's illegal and inhumane policies against Palestinians.
I refuse to let such people or groups drive us into the abyss. We all need to promote dialogue, mutual respect and understanding. We all need to speak out against extremism, bigotry, and injustice.
- Hussam Ayloush
- Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html