Last weekend Turkey was rocked by terror attacks and then on Tuesday, Belgium was attacked by a terrorist group, ISIS. My heart bleeds for the victims of these terror attacks. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
As soon as I heard the news of the Belgium attacks, I knew that the Muslim bashing would start and soon enough Twitter was filled with hatred for Muslims and Islam. #StopIslam was trending in no time. On top of that, the two Presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz wasted no time labeling all Muslims as terrorists. Ted Cruz went even further than Donald Trump and said that we should have surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods. Really! He further elaborated that we have neighborhood patrols for gangs so we should do the same for Muslims. Doesn’t the self proclaimed “Constitutionalist” know that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants everyone freedom of religion. Instead of blaming Islam and Muslims for the acts committed by ISIS, these politicians need to work with Muslims to root out extremism and youth radicalization.
Read the full article by Saima Sheikh on Patheos blog.