Although dispelling stereotypes among a large population is not child’s play, some Islamic students on campus say the solution could be as simple as ridding a common childhood fear.
Just as one takes a peek in their closet to find that there are no monsters lurking in the shadows waiting to jump out, if one takes a peek at the Quran, they’ll find Islam does not promote violence, said Omar Manci, sophomore in agricultural engineering and president of the ISU Muslim Student Association.
Not to criticise your clearly immense journalistic credentials, Sammy, but did you happen to “take a peek inside the Qu’ran” yourself before reporting so uncritically on Manci’s assertion? Child’s play, eh? Why aren’t you questioning these people who are treating you (and your readers) like children?
“Fear and ignorance are behind the negative stereotypes of
Muslims in the media. If you fear something and don’t know anything about it, it’s a negative combination — like seeing monsters in your closet,” Manci said….
Yes. Remember those burning towers on 9/11? It was all ignorance, you see. Could they do it again? Monsters in the closet!
“Islam never refers to Christians as infidels,” said Mohammed Fahmy, professor of industrial technology at the University of Northern Iowa, who presented sessions on Islam and marriage during the conference.
Right, Fahmy, but of course, there is that little matter of the fact that it does say they are under the curse of Allah: “The Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!” (9:30). Behold the grandeur of Islam! How open-minded this is! How respectful of diversity!