I couldn’t get worked up about the clamor over the Danish cartoons that depicted the prophet Mohammed. I am sure I was just as offended by them as the majority of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims.
But, like them, rioting was the last thing on my mind. The point oh-oh-oh-oh percent who did, and the folks who were demanding that more of the media defame my faith by way of cartoon, seemed to deserve each other.
Nor could I be bothered with the incessant demands that Muslims condemn the 9/11 attacks. Not when the diverse, worldwide community of Muslims hardly should have to answer for any act of a fringe group, madman or even a well-meaning adherent in contradiction of Islam. Not when untold hundreds of Muslims also died in the World Trade Center. Not when it was obvious that the perpetrators were adhering to neither Islam nor any other faith sanctioned by the Creator of mankind.
Nor when groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (www.cair-net.org) are bending over backward to provide such messages, which the media ignores, some claim not to hear and some don’t want to.
For example, CAIR recently coordinated a joint appeal by national Muslim leaders for the safe return of American journalist Jill Carroll, who was abducted in January in Iraq while on assignment for The Christian Science Monitor, and for members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams also taken hostage.
In contrast, the “Death to America the Great Satan” crowd, and the hate-filled rhetoric of Islam-bashers such as televangelist Pat (Islam is a “violent religion”) Robertson and the Rev. Franklin (“a very evil and wicked religion”) Graham are simply opposite sides of the same coin.
But I’m still fuming over the misrepresentation of my faith in the matter of Abdul Rahman, the Afghan who was threatened with an apostasy death sentence for converting to Christianity. So I was happy to hear recently, during the Friday prayers ordained in Islam, that my friend, Imam Jaabir Muhammad, was worked up about it, too.