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I will not condemn Islam or America

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A commentor (and person I consider a friend) took serious issue with my 9-11 tenth anniversary post, commenting:

I have to say I am quite disappointed by this post. It seems you just want to sweep the horrors of the last decade under the carpet, so long as the victims are not American.

I must say, it’s exactly this sort of demand for ritualized condemnation that I had in mind when I wrote the post. Whether it comes from critics on the left or right, the insistence that American Muslims apologize for this or condemn that is a game I won’t play anymore. Especially things that I really have absolutely nothing to do with, bear no responsibility for, and completely opposed in my writings over the past decade, like terrorism, or the Iraq War.

Islam is not terrorism, and America is not Empire. I’ve learned that these associations are burned into the mind of the Islamphobe/Americaphobe. Ten years after 9-11, I’ve given them enough attention. It’s not about them.

What the critics really want is for me to condemn an apologize for Islam/America itself and that I will never do, and wear my refusal to do so with pride.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John Romeo

    good for you sir, it is too easy to go with the grian. Right is right.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment hajihaqq

    ASA
    What stands out most for me in these discussions is the absence of “the grass-roots muslims”. There are those who “show up” in this land for 1 maybe 2 generations and then pose themselves as “experts”!

    America(ns) is a place where its people believe themselves removed from their past(but hold others accountable for their’s). They conduct themselves as though “history”(the true account of past events) has no relevance unless THEY WRITE IT! And many “muslims” enter these discussion chained to this false premise.

    may Allah ta ala, guide us all to a better way, ameen.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment WriterOfTheTruth

    It is such a great shame that so many Americans portray Muslims as atavistic bloodletting murderers. This terribly unfair view is emphasized by the controlled right wing media. You even see this ridiculous portrayal in the beliefnet forums where there is an incredible amount of Islamophobia. Shame on that forum and its admins.

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