Know Your Counterpoints
Those who discriminate against others based on religion are operating on a set of assumptions. Unfortunately, there are many such assumptions when it comes to Islam.
One way to stop a discriminator is to challenge these assumptions.
Imagine that someone who you’re forced to work with every day holds a grudge against you because you’re a Muslim. This person criticizes your work, insults you, and treats you badly.
Imagine that one day, this person approaches you and tells you that they don’t think you should be working where you work because Muslims are “inclined toward violence.”
Here’s how to respond.
First, you’re going to ask them for specifics. What, specifically, have you done wrong? Have you hurt anyone? Have you displayed aggression?
The person will be forced to say “no.”
After this, let them know that, while you’re open to professional criticism, you’re not open to discrimination, and that you’ll be glad to have a chat with your supervisor if this person really does think you’re a threat.
Continue by asking them why they think you’re threatening. When they respond with “Islam promotes violence,” be sure to show them a few of the many passages in the Quran which promote kindness, and let them know that a few extremists don’t speak for an entire religion.
For some, this is convincing, and the discrimination will stop. For others, however, a more emotional approach works best, as we're about to see.