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Open Letter to President Obama from a Muslim Family

A good piece from Kari Ansari.

Open Letter to President Obama from a Muslim Family

Dear President Barack Obama,

Along with many American Muslims, my family and I listened to your speech today on the Middle East and North Africa. While I appreciate your encouraging statements to the people of the Muslim world — particularly to those who are currently fighting for dignity and civil rights in their own lands — I also couldn’t help feeling that many Americans are not setting the example of which you spoke when it comes to our own Muslim citizens.

Currently, 20 states have introduced anti-Muslim legislation, with more pending. Some of our country’s lawmakers and politicians have made very bigoted inflammatory comments about Muslims and Islam. Very recently, Tennessee, under extreme pressure, rewrote a bill that would have made it a crime punishable by 15 years in prison for Muslims to worship together in groups of two or more. Organized groups are staging hate rallies against Muslims building houses of worship around the country. Local municipalities are playing the zoning game by zoning Islamic schools and mosques out of the community. Mosque playgrounds are being torched. Muslim family homes, property, and mosques are being vandalized. Children are being bullied and harassed because they are Muslim. Shockingly, last week the Editor of the Gainesville Times in Florida published a letter that called for the expulsion of all Muslims from America. Recently, several Muslim clerics, and also a young Muslim woman were pulled off airplanes for no other reason other than they were dressed in recognizable Muslim attire. This is all being seen through the modern technology’s “window into the wider world” that you mentioned in your speech, but like all windows, you can also look from the world outside and see what’s happening inside.

What does it say to the world when our President speaks about rights for people in the Muslim world that “include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion” when our own people are being hindered from building mosques, and schools, and our right to worship freely is even being threatened?

Mr. President, Muslims in America know that you do not stand with this kind of bigotry and hatred. During your announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden you said,

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.

We appreciated this statement, however, judging by the uptick in anti-Muslim incidents since the death of bin Laden, the words weren’t enough to resonate with those in America who feel threatened by their Muslim neighbors.

Mr. President, Muslims need your leadership, your strong voice, and your support in this regard. You are a friend to the world’s Muslims, especially those fighting for their freedom, but Muslims need your friendship here on our own soil. Anti-Islam bigotry is getting worse in America — not better.

In our home, we love and respect you as our President; will you show us the same love and respect as a patriotic American family by speaking out strongly against this growing trend of anti-Muslim bigotry?

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  • khan4

    @bin dead: You seem very hostile toward Mindy? Why? Just curious?

  • bin dead for awhile

    say mindy did thye occupiers of palestine get it or didnt? is anyone in family a supporter of the occupiers? the occupiers state legislations also didnt get the memo? you say ‘we’, who are ‘we’? and ‘some’, who are ‘some? as the hip hop artist say ‘break it down’for me pleeeeze.

  • Anj

    I don’t really profess to know what’s going on in the Muslim community in America. What I do know is that the UK normally follows the US in socail attitudes after a while. So sitting on this side of the pond it is disturbing to read the developments. However I do know that the Muslim community in the UK are a different breed! I mean if some of the above incidents happened in the 4th holiest city in Islam (Bradford/ sarcasm) then the goverment would have to deploy the army!

  • Disillusioned Citizen

    … I’m an idiot. I didn’t see the “send us a tip” link.

  • Disillusioned Citizen

    I don’t know how to get stories to you guys: is there an email? You guys need to have a very easy way of bringing important stories to your attention. Your writers would be busy 24/7.

  • mindy1

    Interesting letter. Regarding individual acts by people and state legislatures-those do not prove we are at war with Islam, rather it proves that some people did not get the meo that we are not.

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