Via Newsbusters, at the center of the exchange between Raz and Rabiah was a discussion about why so many Americans are Islamophobic.
RAZ: Rabiah, how did it get to this point, you know, where, in a sense, you're stating what should be painfully obvious, that people who practice the Muslim faith in America are Americans just like anyone else?That leads to the second most important aspect of this exchange. Americans are funding NPR and consequently, a propaganda campaign to paint those same Americans as intolerant, racist, and 'Islamophobic' (whatever that is).
Ms. AHMED: You know, it is sad that it has to be said, but it's necessary nonetheless because this rhetoric, these anti-Muslim feelings, they're not just coming from the usual right-wing or agenda-driven circles.
Polls indicate that these fears are widespread. They're in the hearts of average Americans, moderate Americans. And that's what's so concerning about this.
In the post-9/11 climate, there was anti-Muslim backlash, but it wasn't so open. It wasn't so hostile, and it wasn't so widespread. And whatever the Muslim community has been doing in the past 10 years, it's been a good effort, but for some reason, it's not achieving its goal.
RAZ: Do you think, as a society, we're in the midst of maybe a passing storm, you know, something that we will look back on in 10 or 20 years from now and wonder how it ever came to this?
Ms. AHMED: I hope so. I hope it is a passing storm. I hope that it's just a matter of time where Muslims are seen as part and parcel of the society. You know, if we look back at our history, other communities have faced this kind of discrimination or these kinds of feelings, and they've been able to overcome. But it's not going to happen by itself.
Lastly, the implication in Raz's interview of Ahmed is that Muslims in America are being discriminated against like the Jews were before WWII. Again, seemingly lost on people is the fact that it was the arab Muslim world who fought with the Nazis against the Jews. This is victimization on steroids.
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