Should There Be Muslim Civil Rights in the US?

Posted on July 15, 2010

CAIR is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It considers itself a civil rights organization.  In this 2009 video, CAIR  National Executive Director, Nihad Awad,  propose specific civil rights that should be accorded to Muslims; they outline actions they would like to see the Obama Administration take.  The make annual reports on the state of Muslim civil rights in the US and Canada and this is the report for 2009:

This week, CAIR has advised Muslim Americans not to leave the country.  They risk not being able to return to their homes here.

Shirin Ebadi in 2003 won the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s, children’s, and refugee rights. She was the first ever Iranian, and the first Muslim woman to have received the prize. [Wikipedia]

Her point that there is only “civil rights”  – the same for all and not group specific rights goes to the heart of the Constitution.   When this issue is put on this plane and in this light, it lowers blood pressures for most.  Part of the current rise in anti-Muslim behavior has been due to Muslim demands that seem unreasonable in a democratic society.  They see themselves as separate and in need of special permissions.  They are isolating behaviors.

Islamaphobia has been at a high level since 9/11 and building Islamic centers near ground zero is not helping matters.  For Islam to be acceptable to people in the US, a less confrontational means of reaching out to them would be preferable.  The US Government has no more control over phobias of the people than Islam has over its militants.  We live in the real world and we all do the best we can under the circumstances and the circumstances now are that the western powers are fighting in Islamic nations overseas.  Iran is threatening nuclear weaponry manufacture and Islamists in the region  have vowed to wipe Israel off the map.  Patience is needed on both sides here in the US.

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