From The Star 27 Sep 2010:
Saifuddin: KL prepared to send experts to counter Islamophobia in US
TEMERLOH: The Higher Education Ministry is prepared to send lecturers who are experts in Islamic studies to explain the religion so as to check Islamophobia in the United States and other parts of the world.
Its Deputy Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the country had many experts in the field who could correct the misconception about Islam among Americans and other Westerners.
In fact, he said, many lecturers from Malaysia were once lecturers or guest lecturers at foreign universities.
“Whether Islamophobia is deliberately created by the West or they simply fail to understand the religion, it is important for us to correct the misconception about Islam.
“Otherwise, Islamphobia will create problems, especially for companies owned or products produced by Muslims, which may be feared or turned away by the West,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house in Kampung Lebak Seberang, here, yesterday.
He was earlier asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s willingness to send experts in Islamic studies to correct misconception about Islam among Americans and Westerners, which he expressed during his meeting with US president Barack Obama in New York recently.
Saifuddin said Islamophobia, which was prejudice against or an irrational fear of Islam and Muslims, had become a phenomenon in the United States since the Sept 11, 2001 attack.
He is worried that Islamophobia will continue to prevail and become a threat to Muslims all over the world, including those studying in institutions in western countries.
“Our experts are qualified as we have the experience of administering a country which is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious like the US,” said Saifuddin. — Bernama
Did you know that the main person at the centre of the Ground Zero Mosque controversy is Imam – and that he believes that America brought the 9/11 attacks on itself? And that one of his close compatriots believes Bush did 9/11 himself? Yes, that IS a sticking point with most Americans.
So how helpful do you really think it will be to send over our local lecturers and experts – considering that most likely they wholehearted believe that Bush planned 9/11 (among other odd things Malaysians are indoctrinated into)? Hey, even our former PM does!
Yeah, I’m sure an honest and open sharing of their views will result in LESS conflict involving Islam in America.
They don’t get it, or rather they choose not to get it – non-Muslims aren’t the main culprits giving Islam a bad name.
You want to stop ‘Islamophobia’ in the West? Then do something about terrorists killing Muslims and nonMuslims in the name of Islam, imams boasting that they will conquer Rome, everyday Muslims calling America and Israel all sorts of slanderous things, Muslims showing no regard whatsoever for the feelings of 9/11 victims families, and of course – pundits calling every valid concern of ordinary Americans ‘Islamophobia’.
Fix the reality, and that will improve the message.