Thanks to the blog for our newspaper’s religion editor I caught the following news item coming out of Texas:
(DALLAS, TX, 6/26/2007) – On Sunday, July 8, a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group will kick off a nationwide discussion of “Islamophobia,” or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims, with a panel discussion in Dallas, Texas. It is the first in a series of similar public discussions scheduled around the nation by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations ( CAIR ).
The Dallas event, entitled “Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?” and hosted by CAIR’s Dallas/Fort Worth chapter (CAIR-DFW), will seek to explain the historical context of the issue and provide resources for gaining a better understanding of the negative impact anti-Muslim bigotry has on American society and on our nation’s interests worldwide.
Panelists will also discuss the government’s actions in the case against officials of the closed Texas-based Holy Land Foundation Muslim charity.
WHAT: Panel Discussion – “Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?”
WHEN: Sunday, July 8, 2007, 1:30-4 p.m.
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Park Central, 7800 Alpha Road, Dallas, Texas
Hmmm…the conference’s title is “Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?” It could be that they do.
Then again, it could be the memory of seeing people jump to their deaths from the World Trade Center towers just before they collapsed? Or maybe it’s the horror of reading stories about an Al Queda torture chamber in Iraq where U.S. troops discover a ten-year-old boy chained to the wall with scars and fresh wounds all over his body? It might possibly be the video of a U.S. reporter having his head sawed off as his captors are shouting praises to “Allah”? Or how about what I’m seeing on CNN right now…a car bomb driven into a Scottish airport with the intent of killing innocent people?
It could be that the policies of the United States do actually fuel Islamophobia. Then again…it could be the policies of Islamic extremists!