[Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Lathrup Village.] Since the London attack on July 7, condemnations and condolences from the international community have been extended to the victims of the London attack and the British population. And although Islamic scholars from across the globe have denounced the London attack and Prime Minister Tony Blair has stated that this attack is not indicative of Islam, the perception of many is that Islam is directly responsible for the barbarism of July 7th. Within days of the London attack, Muslims residing in Western nations have reported an increase in arson attacks and vandalism of mosques and a renewal of slurs based upon their religion and ethnicities. The suspicions, which Muslims are subjected to, however, may be a more serious problem than these overt attacks. The majority of Muslims, who are moderate and abhor the destruction of life and nature, have had their religion hijacked by the horrific schemes of people, whose exact background and motives are unclear. Thus, a cloud of evil Muslims has been conjured, and this cloud has come to represent the biggest enemy to the American way of life since the cloud of communism in the 1950s through the 1980s. (MORE)



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