Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Response to Hammad Moses Khan

At the time that I am writing this, Tuesday afternoon, there are still no suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday. However, that hasn't stopped such magazines as the Daily Beast from criticizing those who would seek to hypothesize that Muslim terrorists are behind the attacks. On the Huffington Post, a "Muslim Activist" named Hammad Moses Khan wrote an article that I felt deserved a response. Why? Because according to Khan, the people who were killed or who lost limbs in the bombing weren't the real victims. Muslims are.
"Today's tragedies brought shock, pain and horror and heavied the hearts of all Americans. But for American Muslims, there was an added weight: We watched as calls for the execution for all American Muslims were made. We listened as the word "Muslim" was used seemingly as a synonym for the terms "terrorist" and "bomber." We waited fearfully as our faith was put to trial before a single suspect had even been identified."
First of all, please follow his link. One person on Twitter after being prompted said we should "kill them all," when referring to Muslims, though now the tweet is deleted. It goes without saying that that was a terrible thing to say and the FOX news correspondent who said that should be fired. But I'm also pretty sure that that was the only example that Mr. Khan could find, so don't say that there were "calls," plural.

(Oh, and no one was putting anyone's faith "on trial." Give me a freaking break.)

As I said before, I become suspicious when bloggers use terms like "seemingly" especially in high tension times like this. I would be curious if Mr. Khan could provide an example of when "Muslim" was synonymous for "bomber," but it doesn't actually matter. When people are getting blown up, and other people immediately assume that Muslims did it (even if they did not), there is a reason for it. Mr. Khan would have his readers believe that it is simply because Americans are evil, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and so forth. Not because Islamists have carried out hundreds of bombings exactly like it over the past few years.

That is what is bothering me about Mr. Khan's article. Because although he claims that his subject is about the people killed in Boston, it really isn't. His subject is that American Muslims are victims of hateful Americans, and that you should feel bad for them. He is the real victim here, not the people who are missing limbs and family members:
"Within our communities, texts and emails were circulated urging people to be careful. There might be hate crimes tonight. Women with hijabs and men with beards may become easy targets. No one knew how the day would unfold and what the night would bring. Overwhelmingly, American Muslims were afraid. Over and over again, the same refrain was shared: No, not again - not another 9/11, not another decade of being hated."
But of course there were no hate crimes (at least none at the time I am writing this). No women with hijabs were harassed, no men with beards were hurt. The closest I could find was plane that was redirected because men were speaking Arabic, which is pretty pathetic and sad but it wasn't a hate crime. It just goes to show how fast Mr. Khan is ready to make himself a victim, regardless of what the facts actually say.

And in the this "decade of being hated" the facts say a lot. Except for a spike immediately after 9/11, anti-Muslim bigotry has been very low in the USA. From 2002 to 2011 anti-Muslim crimes were less prevalent than anti-black, anti-gay, and especially anti-Jewish. Now to this you may say there are less Muslims than any of those groups. But by the same token you don't see a black person on the Huffington Post declaring:
"This had happened before. In the days following 9/11, hate became a norm. Prejudice and discrimination were a standard that the rare few questioned."
Of course, how many times have we heard this before. Muslims are victims, all Americans are prejudiced hateful people who discriminate against others without cause. Never mind that Muslims do quite a lot of discriminating of their own, and that many jihadist organizations around the world praised this bombing. That doesn't fit the narrative so it isn't mention.

Ultimately the best evidence that Mr. Khan can find that Americans hate Muslims for no reason is the same source he has that we all want to kill them...Twitter:
"But as I scrolled through my Twitter feed just a few hours after the attacks at today's Boston Marathon, seeing #Muslims trending sent a chill down my spine. It showed me an America that I was afraid of, one vilified with comments incited by hate and ignorance -- words and perspectives that stood in stark contrast to the very sense of philos that has forever united us as Americans."
Muslim terrorists carry out 100 bombings (just to pick a number). On the 101st, a lot of people think that Muslim terrorists did it, even before all the evidence comes in. Is that "hate and ignorance?" Or is it common sense?

If Mr. Khan really wants to know why his people are being "vilified" maybe he should put down the tissues and take a look around at the history of the Muslim people and the Islamic ideology they follow. I like Americans, I spent a lot of time around them. Americans know that their society is built by bringing people together from different corners of the earth. They like the square deal, they like to give people a chance. But they don't like being told that they are bad guys for using their brains or for coming to obvious conclusions. That's what Mr. Khan is doing here. Let's let him finish up:
"We each pray in our own way for those who have fallen and those who are struggling. We pray for strength to weather the trials and tests the coming days will bring. But most importantly, we pray for each other: that we remain united and find solace in one another."
Right. And the only way that we can remain united is if you don't say anything that I don't like. Otherwise I will throw a hissy fit on the Huffington Post and declare that my country is made up entirely of Islamophobic bigots. That makes sense.


  1. Gunna go out on a limb and say there were "CALLS", yes, plural.

  2. Is this considered a hate crime?

  3. May I remind you of the fifth amendment. That is all.

  4. Could we consider this a hate crime as well?


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