If Hannah Rosenthal really wants to end “Islamophobia,” here is an easy way. She can call upon Muslims to:
1. Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam, not on non-Muslims reporting on those acts.
2. Renounce definitively not just “terrorism,” but any intention to replace the U.S. Constitution (or the constitutions of any non-Muslim state) with Sharia even by peaceful means. In line with this, clarify what is meant by their condemnations of the killing of innocent people by stating unequivocally that American and Israeli civilians are innocent people.
3. Teach Muslims the imperative of coexisting peacefully as equals with non-Muslims on an indefinite basis.
4. Begin comprehensive international programs in mosques all over the world to teach against the ideas of violent jihad and Islamic supremacism.
5. Actively work with Western law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend jihadists within Western Muslim communities.
If Muslims do those five things, voila! “Islamophobia” will no longer hold sway among Westerners!
Pamela Geller comments: “Imagine this: [Obama’s] anti-semitism envoy is busy fighting imaginary ‘islamophobia,’ as if wanting to defend yourself from Islamic terror and Islamic supremacism is a defect or ‘discrimination.’…Hannah Rosenthal, traitor to the Jewish people, utters not a word about the virulent Jew-hatred and genocidal rhetoric in the Koran in her remarks made to the OSCE — examples here. Nor does she mention the despicable blood libels against Jews taught in madrassas across the world.”
“Combating Intolerance and Discrimination Against Muslims,” by Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the OSCE High-Level Conference on Tolerance and non-Discrimination, Astana, Kazakhstan, June 29:
As the United States government’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, I would like to thank the OSCE and the government of Kazakhstan for hosting this conference and bringing attention to these important issues.
We welcome the opportunity to speak here today, as the problem of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims is an issue across the OSCE region. The United States strongly supports combating all forms of discrimination and intolerance against Muslims and is taking efforts to build mutual respect between people of all faiths. The U.S. government works continuously to ensure that person of all faiths, including Muslims, can freely enjoy the fundamental freedom of religion. We raise these concerns with our Allies, partners, and others – both within the OSCE and without. The U.S. Government’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom addresses these concerns in detail within the OSCE region and around the world.
In the OSCE region, for example, the free practice of Islam is severely constrained in different ways – from overt prejudices to non-support for structures that allow religious observance. In some participating States, Muslim communities have great difficulty operating mosques not controlled or sanctioned by the state, sometimes resulting in problematic penalties for this activity. In some states, in fact, one can’t even build a mosque. In some states, registration systems often disproportionately burden small Muslim religious communities, and some countries’ legal systems ban personal religious expression–restrictions which inevitably limit freedoms we all hold dear.
In what states can one not build a mosque? I know of no nation that prohibits the construction of mosques. If anyone knows what state she could be talking about, please drop me a note. Meanwhile, notice that she says absolutely nothing about the restrictions on non-Muslim houses of worship that are all too common all over the Islamic world.
But I am not here today to name and shame. Rather, I would like to talk about how the United States has changed its entire framework for engagement with Muslim communities, and for the need to move beyond mere tolerance to partnerships based on mutual respect.
Just over one year ago in a speech in Cairo, President Obama articulated the United States’ commitment to a new relationship with Muslims around the world based on mutual respect, mutual interest, and mutual responsibility; a shared commitment to universal values; and comprehensive engagement with governments and people alike.
The President pledged that the United States would make a sustained effort to engage people, as well as governments, and to listen. Since then, our government has worked tirelessly to fulfill this Presidential priority. The United States has held thousands of events and town halls with students, civil society groups, faith leaders and entrepreneurs in the United States and around the world. Secretary Clinton and I have also held roundtables, webchats, “townterviews,” and town hall meetings to engage people worldwide, with a particular focus on engaging the next generation of Muslims around the world. Our engagement at this people-to-people level is becoming a matter of course, and what we have heard has informed our policy….
And what does Obama have to show for all this effort to show respect? What Islamic entity has met his call for mutual respect? The respect has not been mutual from anyone, in any way — as could have been predicted by anyone with any knowledge of the doctrine of jihad and Islamic supremacism.