Saturday, June 24, 2006

Understanding Between Islam and the West?

Much has been made over a recent poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press on how people in the West and in the Islamic world view each other. For some reason, many on both sides distrust the other side. We knew that already. In the Detroit Free Press report on this poll, there was the obligatory quote from a local Muslim spokesman. After all, the Detroit area does contain the largest Muslim community in the United States so - well - you know the rest. They must have their say whenever anything happens that reflects poorly on Islam, and most of what happens these days just happens to reflect poorly on Islam. But we always get the same story.
"The report clearly shows the need for the West and the Muslim world to increase dialogue between the two civilizations," said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Since there is not a lot of personal contact between Americans and people in the Muslim world, both groups are primarily operating out of generalizations which they see through their respective media outlets."
Yes, that's it. We must sit down and talk. And while we are talking, Mr. Walid, I'd like to ask you some questions. Why do you excuse imams throughout the Muslim world and many right here in the West who actively promote violence? Why are Muslims never responsible for violence perpretrated by Muslims? Why is it always the fault of the Jews, Crusaders, Zionists, Neocons, West, poverty, conspiracy, misreading of the Qu'ran, misunderstandings, hijackers of a peaceful religion, all of the above, but never ever the fault of the Muslims performing the act? Why are we never to refer to "Islamic" aspect of any terror attack? When will Muslims all over the world accept responsibility for the debasement and moral illness that keeps the Muslim world lagging behind behind the Christian West, and behind Hindu India, and behind Communist(?) China, and behind tiny Jewish Israel (actually part of the West) in wealth, technology, freedom, and literacy? Why can't Muslims speak honestly about what is in the Qu'ran and the Hadiths that promote hatred of others and violent jihad?

There is a lot more on Dawud Walid and his terror supporting, Jew-hating (except for "good" Jews who hate Israel) cohort in promoting jihad Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi at Debbie Schlussel's blog. She discusses the ridiculous way CAIR would have us refer to Muslim terrorists and Muslim terrorist wannabes. And if we were good dhimmis, we certainly would do as CAIR asks.

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