[Adeeba Al-Zaman is communications director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American – Islamic Relations (CAIR)]
American Muslims are certainly disturbed by the cartoon controversy and are concerned at the lack of civility of the “civilizations” involved.
Indeed, those who published the cartoons intending to provoke a reaction, and the violent extremists protesting the cartoons are making a mockery of their own values as they purport to expose the shortcomings in one another – and they are attempting to drag moderates who are open to dialogue in with them.
Many are concerned that the cartoons originally published last fall in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten indicate a culture of intolerance and hatefulness that we saw in Germany in the 1930s. For Muslims in America and abroad, the cartoons appear to be evidence of the increasingly Islamophobic state of the world.