I was quite rightly taken to task* for my comments about non-Muslims in my last post. I should have made it very clear that I was talking about the intolerant non-Muslims who are making headlines these days.
I myself have been treated with nothing but kindness and respect since I became a Muslim. But I read and hear so many comments made by bigots that I admit I start to feel like they’re directed at me personally.
Any questions I’ve been asked have been from honest curiosity and a desire to learn more about my religion. It is only those who are close-minded, who don’t even try to learn anything about Islam and who don’t know any Muslims who tend to be prejudiced against Muslims and Islam.†
One reason why I made the comments I made was because I remember only too well what it’s like to be a non-Muslim who knows next to nothing about Islam. I was never hateful toward Muslims, but I was leery of them. I couldn’t understand how they could hate us so much that they would perpetrate 9/11. I thought they worshiped a different God than Jews or Christians do. I even, when I was younger, thought that they worshiped Mohammad.
I want people who are where I was to know the truth about Islam so badly that I sometimes overstate my case. I wasn’t referring to all non-Muslims when I wrote yesterday’s post, but I didn’t make that clear. And for that I apologize.
*Here is what my commenter wrote on my Facebook page:
Usually I really enjoy your posts, but this time I have to take issue with this statement in particular, “Non-Muslims don’t want to hear from Muslims who are obviously Muslim. They like token Muslims.” I think it’s inflammatory and unkind and I’d like to ask you to reconsider what you’re saying. Because I am a non-Muslim, which means I’m the type of person you’re speaking about here.
I assume your blog entry is prompted by recent events, so I can certainly see where your frustration comes from. However, I don’t like to be lumped in with radicals who make bad choices any more than I imagine you do.
|†Attitudes Toward Muslims According to Personal Acquaintance with Muslims|
|Favor special ID for Muslims||24||50||-26|
|Would not want Muslim as a neighbor||10||31||-21|
|Favor special security checks at airports for Muslims||30||49||-19|
|Nervous if Muslim man were on same flight||20||38||-18|
|Muslims not loyal to the U.S.||30||45||-15|
|Muslims too extreme in religious beliefs||36||50||-14|
|Have some feelings of prejudice against Muslims||32||45||-13|
|Muslims sympathetic to al-Qaeda||29||38||-9|
|Muslims not respectful of other religions||35||44||-9|
|Nervous if Muslim woman on same flight||15||20||-5|
|Muslims not committed to religious beliefs||6||7||-1|
|Muslims not respectful of women||52||52||0|