Dennis Ignatius: Muslims Can Counter Islamophobia With Actions, Not Words

Dennis Ignatius manages to undo the damage done to my opinion of him by his last article. Relevant excerpts:

Countering Islamophobia post-9/11

Taking a strong stand against extremism will do more to counter Islamophobia than anything else.

Islamophobia in America will fade quickly when Americans start hearing the voices of moderation rise from within the Islamic world.

That is why Najib’s speech was seen as so significant by his US audience; he didn’t just assert the relevant teachings of Islam concerning peace, fairness and tolerance but he also demanded that Muslims live up to them in their interactions with other nations, faiths and peoples.

The Higher Education Ministry, for its part, can best contribute to this effort not by sending its experts on Islam to America but by sending them to our own schools and institutions of higher learning, and especially into the civil service, to promote the Prime Minister’s message of moderation and tolerance.

Our politicians and senior civil servants also need to take to heart Najib’s exhortation to take the high road when it comes to managing issues of race and religion. They must be the voice of reason that he alluded to, the voice that wants to engage constructively, to cooperate rather than confront and threaten.

Makes me recall two things: How Muslims roundly condemned Geert Wilders but not the Islamic extremists he showed in Fitna, and that self-proclaimed Muslims do more to damage Islam’s reputation than ‘Islamophobes’.

And yes please, send the experts on tolerant, respectful, peace-loving Islam to the religio-fascists and politiracists back here.

But as I mentioned before, it’s pointless if they just rehash the Bush-did-9/11 and Jews-rule-world shtick that BTN speakers have been spewing for years.


7 Responses to “Dennis Ignatius: Muslims Can Counter Islamophobia With Actions, Not Words”

  1. Zack T Says:

    Good one.

  2. nexus Says:

    “Operation Lallang” Najib the scoundrel:

    “Dato’ Seri Najib kicked the ball first to insist, to insist, none should openly debate if Muslims could slander the followers of other religions,…..”
    -MggPillai [2004-12-17]

  3. perps Says:

    I didn’t take long to recall a teaching in Islam, that says, it’s ‘sunat’ (not necessary, but it’s good to do it) to kill lizard on Friday.
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  4. perps Says:

    If Obama will take up lizard killing on Fridays, things will get better for him.

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    Obama’s under water fantasy and the media celebrate ten years of Jihad

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  7. leejun Says:

    Greetings, I read the article you and Mr. David Kilgour wrote on Egypt and Middle East, and I work for Sound of Hope Radio Network based in California and New York, and our listeners are Chinese. We’re interested in talking to you regarding Egyptian situation and China related issues. Kindly advise if you’re available for a 15-20mins. phone interview. I can be reached at or 518-588-8712 (New York number).

    Best regards,

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