Dallas-area Muslims fear backlash from arrests tied to terror plot, Dallas Morning News, October 19, 2009So why live in a society where you are so disliked? Islam touts the worldwide ummah as a universally welcoming community to those of the faith. Seriously, if America is so hateful, why not leave?
North Texans were both angry and relieved last month when federal agents arrested a Jordanian teenager in a failed plot to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.
But for area Muslims, the arrest of 19-year-old Hosam "Sam" Smadi evoked yet another emotion - fear.
"Being a Muslim in America today is not easy," said Hadi Jawad, a longtime Dallas business owner and a volunteer at the Dallas Peace Center. "We feel under siege. There is open season on our faith. Muslims are painted with a broad brush."
Reporters never ask that question.
Jawad and other Muslims praise the work of law enforcement in arresting Smadi, as well as two other terrorism suspects in New York and Illinois. But because of all three suspects' Islamic faith, they say the arrests cast aspersions on Islam that hearken back to the atmosphere that existed immediately after 9/11.So if Osama nuked Houston, say, Muslims residing in Texas would be concerned about how the "backlash" would affect their comfy lives, not the fact that presumably thousands of citizens in their adopted home would be killed.
Though most area Muslims are quick to say the mood of the country has not returned to that bitter level, most add that their lives here would be practically unbearable if any Muslim terrorist were to carry out another attack on American soil
"We have to work toward a common yardstick of justice, but we are just one catastrophic incident away from the post-9/11 atmosphere and even worse," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, a Muslim civil rights organization. "We have to accept the double standards, as bad as they are. That's just the fact, unfortunately."
"The average American thinks it must be the religion" that pushes Muslim extremists, Elibiary said. "There must be something about them. That sentiment has been there since 9/11, and it hasn't gone anywhere."Muslims read the Koran and other Islamic scriptures, which urge the faithful to murder non-believers. The Koran has at least 109 verses advocating war with infidels. If Americans don't trust Muslims, they have good reason.
A Dutch poll last year found a majority of citizens agreed that admitting large groups of Muslim immigrants was "the biggest mistake in Dutch history". Every non-Muslim country that has permitted Islamic immigration regrets it.
And if there is "backlash," the Sons of Allah have only their behavior to blame.