Where are the moderate Muslims? And why aren’t they condemning the terrorist attacks in London and the Middle East? Is their silence a sign of tacit or even overt support for the killings? Or is it that they’re afraid of retaliation? In short, why aren’t Muslims speaking out against terrorism? Since 9/11, this question in one form or another has been raised by non-Muslims on talk radio, where the verbal attacks against Islam and Muslims borders on terrorizing, and in letters to the editor and in water cooler conversations. The better question might be: Why aren’t you hearing us? To be fair, most of us are doing the same things you all are doing this summer: going to school or work, attending weddings, shuttling kids to summer camps, and trying to get ahead on our never-ending task lists. We’re living our lives, pursuing the American Dream. What are we supposed to do?
Drop everything and walk out to the nearest street corner with a bullhorn and shout: “I am a Muslim and I love America and the West and I abhor and condemn the latest suicide bombing in XYZ country that killed X number of people”? The fact is that many prominent American Muslim groups have clearly and publicly denounced acts of terror in the name of Islam as barbaric, heinous and just plain wrong. Though they religiously send out press releases and e-mail statements after every attack, somehow their message doesn’t seem to penetrate. On July 7, as the news broke about the horrific bus and subway bombings in London that killed 56 people, American Muslim groups scrambled to issue statements condemning the attacks and expressing sympathy for the victims’ families. Some, including the Muslim Public Affairs Council based in California and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, D.C., continue to post their statements on their websites. (MORE)