What the black American Islamophobe needs to realize is that the anti-Muslim bias is not a means to full citizenship. It is just the newest boogey man deployed to distract us from demanding equitable change for all Americans.
When the discussion of sharia law is based on the premise that Islam is inherently criminal, or that all Muslims have a proclivity towards violence, then that discussion shifts from legitimate intellectual debate to hateful religious scapegoating.
Many say that it is thoughtless, even reckless to blame an entire political movement for the actions of men like Breivik or Dr. Tiller's killer. I am inclined to agree. But it is just as reckless to dismiss these men as simply crazed.
In a ludicrously alarmist piece that appeared on the The Daily Beast, Douglas Schoen and Randall Lane assert that "clearly and unambiguously" the political climate in Egypt is moving in a new direction that is "inimical to American and allied interests."
Just how much did the constant validation of Islamophobic ideas by the likes of Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat, and Robert Spencer play a role in Breivik's ultimate decision to actually carry out his terrorist attacks?
Despite the steadily mounting evidence that Breivik's anti-Muslim hatred was a prime motive for the rampage, it didn't stop the avalanche of chatter that there had to be a tie somewhere with Islamic terrorism.
For all of the Christians who have expressed outrage in recent days, you need not worry. You're safe. No, the guilt-by-association principle does not apply when unspeakable violence is carried out in the name of Christianity.
The "See Something, Say Something Act" seeks to amend the Homeland Security Act so that any person who files a report in "good faith" will be immune from civil suit. We should be skeptical of any act extending immunity from the law.
A house of God where Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship together, listen to each other's sacred texts, and work toward justice and equality for all with civility and respect. Is this heaven? No, it is Iowa.