Limits to Tolerance: What the ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque Controversy Really Proves
What the ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque controversy really proves is America is turning against its Muslim citizens. From discussions about ‘terror babies’ to burning of Qurans, and with CNN and FOX News polls both showing a majority of Americans against building a Mosque in New York City, the message to Muslim Americans is clear.
Even though their reasonings may be entirely different, America is joining in on the “Islam is not welcome” bandwagon of Europe and secularist states.
The reasons are also largely irrelevant. Whether it is miscommunication on the part of Muslims and their organizations, or the problems of American society, the rise of Evangelicals, or the loss of jobs, the fact of the matter is we’ve entered a new Mccarthyism, quite literally (link).
Five years ago I was interviewed by the Daily Record, and I was quoted as saying: “We’re on a very slippery slope in terms of how much diversification we accept in our communities and how tolerant we are. It doesn’t take much to make a tolerant person very intolerant.”
At the time I was discussing the tolerance in the event of another attack, but America hasn’t even been attacked in those 5 years, yet America has already reached the limits of diversification.
What will be the situation of Muslims in America if there is another attack?
Muslim American organizations such as ISNA, ICNA, and all the rest founded by immigrants with inferiority complexes have been constructed from the beginning to integrate Muslims into American society in a complete manner.
You have conferences? We have Islamic conferences.
You have mega churches? We’ll have mega mosques.
You have cartoons? We have Muslim cartoons.
You have music videos? We have Muslim music videos.
You have colleges? We have colleges.
You have rice krispie treats and chicken nuggets? We have HALAAL rice krispie treats and chicken nuggets.
But even with all this ‘Americanization’, Muslims are failing miserably to appease their American overlords.
Every one of us has given up some part of our Islamic identity at the alter of Americanization, whether its your beard or your jummah schedule and guess what, they still DON’T LIKE YOU.
What do you think the next steps are for Muslims in the West? Your most liberal ‘Imam’ is being bombarded for trying to build a Muslim ‘YMCA’ in an abandoned Burlington Coat Factory.
We are in panic mode, we’re even making a major campaign to thank CNN when they don’t totally attack us.
Why is this? Because we want our cars and our suits and our fancy phones, and most overarchingly, to live the upper-middle class American lifestyle, we’ve lost sight of the fact that Muslims are a different community.
We do have our own core values. Even though we are trying, we can’t just make our religion church on Sundays (or less than that).
Now it seems we will apparently lose our ‘right’ to these values in this country, before we even lose them to our own selves.
Then, where will we turn to?
This controversy proves American Muslims need to have a real leader and a real community. This controversy proves the integration efforts are for naught. Lectures in Universities don’t make things better. Speeches to the State Department don’t make things better.
Decades of supposed ‘progress’ in the hearts of minds of the majority of Americans can be swept away overnight.
We need a leader and a community that is not focused on compromising every Muslim principle in order to be accepted while living next-door to the mall, but one which represents our values and allows us to practice our faith. A group which makes this the ultimate goal will realize who the friends are of the Muslims, but while that will be appreciated and respected, we wouldn’t be forced to rely on their Daily Shows and Olbermanns to defend our right to practice our religion, because such an Islamic community would be able to stand on its own.