We as individuals have to decide how much of our opinion is ours and how much is influenced by the media, the internet, and others. Just think bank to your first memories and thoughts you ever had of Muslims and compare them to the ones you hold now. Have they changed? Would you share with us your perceptions after brief introspection?
Other questions are: Are you comfortable with these thoughts now? Do you find them healthy? Are they based on actual knowledge and relationships with Muslims or based on the media and popular narrative? And, do you really want peace?
In another thread dealing with the American tragedy of Boston and how one person chooses to express and cope with it, it was clear the this is not just an American issue but has been globalized, quite a few from England will not forgive the attack on us in America. Of course many in England dabble in the view that Muslims just want to take over their country and they also have to deal with them as immigrants, so as usual many immigrants live with less in dodgier quarters while natives might not have to, and would view them as being from the gutter and have greater cause to be prejudiced, or even if they are less well off themselves they see Muslims as competition and not being in the same boat as them. They also base their views on 7-11 as we do on 9-11 which causes great fear and anxiety. That is understandable but should we allow all that to control us in the end and dictate how we will dialogue and treat other fellow human beings? Or we will further dehumanize others and call them animals and treat them as such?
Even animals deserve our utmost respect and care BTW and a way to see where any society is in the way of enlightenment is to see how they treat animals.
Now this hatred has an origin, it is not natural, it won't always be with us, and this is just one view and not the whole truth of the matter that the premise of this book presents.
The origin of this hatred can be scientifically charted through polls in one instance but will in the future be better explained.
Nathan Lean discusses the phenomenon of right-wing construction of Islamic monstrosity in his volume The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims. The book reveals the astonishing success this industry has had in shaping negative public opinions about Islam. While one might expect that anti-Muslim sentiments was high among Americans shortly after the attacks of 9/11, Lean shares Pew Research Center polling data wherein “59 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of Muslims just two months after the collapse of the Twin Towers.” Further, a few months later, “45 percent of Americans” held “views of Muslims that were generally positive.” However, through the prolific distribution of its message through various forms of media, the right-wing Islamophobia industry was influential in shaping strongly negative opinions of Islam. In 2002, hate crimes against Muslims increased by 1600 percent, and in 2004, 46 percent of Americans “believed that Islam was more likely than other religions to encourage violence.”
How did this industry begin? Who and what make up some of its major elements? How have the media, and especially the Internet, helped carry the message of Islamic monstrosity? And perhaps most disturbingly from an Evangelical perspective, why have Evangelicals been a segment of the population all too eager to receive and perpetuate this message? Lean’s Islamophobia provides answers to these and many other important questions, which represents one of the most significant political, cultural, religious, and theological challenges of the 21st century.
What are ways evangelical Christians and others could change the unhealthy climate we are all contributing to and forge a better world?
What are ways evangelical Christians and others could maintain the state of affairs that bring more harm than good to us all as a species?
Edited by Leave Britney alone!, 22 April 2013 - 11:30 PM.