Thursday, August 9, 2012
USA: Anti-Muslim sentiment linked to right-wing political rhetoric, says Muslim representitive
"It's really given us this impression that we're not American enough. No matter how many generations we've been here, we're just not American enough. "
Source/Credit: This Young Turk
By TYT | Auhust 8, 2012
... Harris Zafar, national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, and Current TV's "Viewpoint" host Eliot Spitzer discussed the possibility that the gunman behind the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, actually intended to target Muslims and whether a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment is linked to political rhetoric.
"I think the Republican primaries were ridden with such incidents where Mr. Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann had repeatedly spread this message of fear of Muslims, fear of Sharia law, would not appoint a Muslim to any of their cabinet," Zafar said.
"It's really given us this impression that we're not American enough. No matter how many generations we've been here, we're just not American enough.
"And there's this thought that you have to be a Christian to be a leader of this nation. Look at how much President Obama has had to deflect this accusation that he's a Muslim.
"I feel bad for him because he has to say, 'No, I'm Christian.' But what's so bad about being a Muslim? [...] The only reason you should judge a candidate or anyone in political office is their own actions."
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