Wednesday, June 4, 2014

March against Islamophobia in Texas

Oh the humanity!  Less than 100 showed up to sympathize with local Muslims to denounce discrimination and the blight of "Islamophobia".

I find it interesting that throughout the article it is assumed that the acts of discrimination are against Muslims, and that it is purely an anti-Muslim bias.  To be against jihad, the sharia and Islamic doctrine is not being against Muslims, but it is easier to demonize with a broad brush that to address the real problems Islam has.

Maybe the bacon in the drink was a bit too far, but the victimization is there for all to see.

From the Dallas News May 31 by Hannah DeClerk

Muslim activists walk in Dallas to raise awareness

More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks inspired widespread animosity toward the Islamic faith, many Muslims say they continue to experience bias, hate and misunderstanding.

On Saturday, a group of about 80 Muslim activists gathered at Reverchon Park in Dallas’ Oak Lawn area for a walk to raise awareness about the issue.

Walk Against Islamophobia was hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a group of young Muslim activists called Enlightened Generations.

Yvonne Munoz, a lawyer with a Christian upbringing, converted to Islam in 2008. Proudly wearing a black head scarf, she said she regularly said she faces discrimination at work.

“I deal with Islamophobia on a regular basis with clients all the time,” Munoz said. “Automatically my clients will not want to meet with me and want somebody else. Once they meet with me and find that I am kind and helpful and ... they change their idea.”

Munoz took part in the walk with the group American Muslim Professionals.

Although the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists loyal to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, some people associate all Muslims with terrorism. Munoz and others hope events like Saturday’s walk might help break that connection in people’s minds.

“Islam brought peace in my life,” Munoz said. “I was able to put myself through a lot of struggles I would not have been able to do if I didn’t find a peace.”

Before the walk began, participants heard speakers share personal experiences of discrimination. One speaker, Dallas activist Nicole Queen, said that during a recent lunch with a friend, someone put bacon in her drink as a joke.

“They were hoping I would slurp it or eat something I am not supposed to eat,” Queen said. “I did not have anything like that happen before until I chose to be a Muslim. It was eye-opening to me,” Queen said.

Wes Magruder, senior pastor at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, said he began advocating for Muslim rights after attending an anti-Muslim rally in downtown Dallas.

“I went to the rally, and I have to say I was absolutely shocked,” Magruder said. “I was not prepared for what I heard or what I saw. I heard and I saw the reality our Muslim brothers and sisters live with all the time.”

I don't know if Magruder is aware of the genocide against Christians in places like Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and other jihad hotspots, but if he is I would ask if he denounces these acts of religious murder as strident as he denounces the false narrative called "Islamophobia"?

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