US. Anti-Muslim hysteria has inspired Wisconsin tragedy.
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US. Anti-Muslim hysteria has inspired Wisconsin tragedy.

Milwaukee : WI : USA | Aug 06, 2012 at 3:40 PM PDT
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Sahit Muja: US. Anti-Muslim hysteria has inspired Wisconsin tragedy.

The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee on Sunday and wounded three others, including a police officer, was identified Monday as Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran with reported links to the white supremacist movement.

Sikhs in the United States have suffered an increase in attacks since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 by perpetrators seeking "revenge" who mistook them for Muslims.

Examining the seeds of hate, it will become apparent that the attempt to marginalize American Muslims and to characterize them as "terrorists" has become relentless.

The hateful rhetoric against Muslim Americans, which clearly runs parallel with anti-semetism, is causing innocent American Muslims to get hurt and igniting the bullying of Muslim kids in schools where they’re labelled as “Muslim terrorists.”

Words matter. There's too much hate built upon against Muslim , too little understanding of Muslim world, and a continuing tendency to act against Muslims in America.
Unfortunately we have come to accept talk radio, tv as gospel. The radio talk for the last 12 years has been poisoned by medicine-show barkers peddling hate against Muslims.
This mounting hate, in turn, begets the tragic violence we have experienced in Wisconsin.

Stop the hate!

Let's take back the greatness of America. And tune out talk radio hate which is making a killing by inciting us to kill each other. Acting in our best interest requires we practice and not just preach E Pluribus Unum, our greatest source of strength and renewal as Americans. Our jobs, our futures depend on embracing not rejecting 6.7 billion people who are not American.

Prayers and sadness. Prayers for the victims and their families. Sadness for the act. We must look back and ask ourselves was their complicity in the environment we create.
Demonizing differences is deadly wrong. We need to celebrate our differences,our diversity for the value and success it has made America great.

Michele Bachmann may not be directly responsible for this latest outrage, but they certainly are responsible for creating a political climate in which there are "real Americans" and less legitimate, non-Christian, non-white, so-called Americans. She might not have egged on the shooter, but he would have felt right at home with her rhetoric, her world view and her dinner table conversation.

In one of the most shameful recent examples of anti-Muslim hysteria was against Huma Abedin, recently Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government.

Thankfully, I am joined by the majority of Americans who are appalled by these slanderous remarks by Michele Bachmann. Indeed, Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner have come out in recent days, lambasting Representative Bachmann for her outrageous remarks .

The Islamophobia seems to have reached some sort of critical massing talk radio.The attempt to marginalize American Muslims and to characterize them as “the other” has become relentless.
I have been struck with the dignity and gentleness of this Sikh community's spokesmen on the news. That this should happen to such a peace loving group, is a terrible, shameful tragedy.

America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country ,our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.
What if You was a Muslim? So what! Does being Muslim somehow disqualify someone from being an American?

This is America. We are nation that believes in freedom of religion, the freedom to worship or not worship whatever you want. It is one of the things that makes this country as beautiful as it is. And if an American who happens to be a Muslim work in public office, there is nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong at all.

I am proud of America, my roots, my identity and my Muslim religion. I am white Muslim. The white supremacist terrorists are not different from al-Qaeda terrorists. Both groups seek hate crimes and violence against innocent people.

Sahit Muja
President and CEO
Albanian Minerals
New York

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