In the wake of last Saturday’s Westgate Terrorist attack in Nairobi, many Americans are calling on the Muslim world to denounce the actions of Islamic extremists.
Not surprisingly, Fox News personalities are some of the loudest voices for this cause right now. Bill O’Reilly spent time on his show recently saying the Muslims world has “failed to confront Muslim terrorism.”
In similar fashion, Fox News analyst Bob Beckel ranted on “The Five” on Monday about Muslims, saying that no more Muslims should be allowed in the U.S. unless they denounce terrorism in the name of Muhammed.
“They are not the religion of peace...You moderate Muslims out there...the time has come for you to stand up and say something!" Beckel said. "And I will repeat what I said before: No Muslim students coming here with visas, no more mosques being built here until you stand up and denounce what's happened in the name of your prophet.”
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Similar statements are being made by commenters and pundits alike across the internet.
The problem with these complaints is that the Muslims world is denouncing the act. Since the attack, countless Muslim groups have come forward condemning al-Shabaab, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the President of Somalia, and a host of Muslim leaders in Kenya.
"We strongly condemn this cowardly attack by al-Shabab and offer condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured," CAIR announced recently. "Our nation should offer whatever assistance we can to Kenyan authorities as they seek to free the hostages and bring to justice all those responsible for this heinous crime."
Top Kenyan newspaper The Standard published an article on Monday that was nothing but a list of leaders of Kenyan Muslim organizations denouncing al-Shabaab’s deplorable attack.
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NBC interviewed dozens of Somali Americans earlier this week, all of whom said members of groups like al-Shabaab are not Muslims and do not represent the morals of the Muslim community.
The list goes on and on, but you get the point. This idea that members of the Muslim community are not condemning the attacks is a fairytale. Yet people are so quick to ignore evidence in order to continue spreading this idea.
Why are we so quick to criticize people’s failure to denounce violence when we in America are extremely guilty of this ourselves? U.S. military forces killed 150,000 innocent civilians in Iraq at the very least. Our drug policies directly fund drug lords that slay innocent civilians in Central and South America every day. Drone strikes in Pakistan continue to kill Pakistan civilians by the hundreds.
But here we are, standing by idly and laughing at Miley Cyrus. Kind of sounds familiar to some recent accusations, doesn’t it?