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By not calling out Islamic Extremism, President Obama is actually hurting innocent Muslims

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I have friends from all walks of life.  I don’t pick friends based on race, color, religion or lifestyle.  I pick my friends based on common interests and how they are as human beings.  That’s assuming they even want to be my friend.  I’ve always maintained, and when you look around you’ll see it to be generally true, that the person who is not a racist or bigot is more comfortable criticizing someone regardless of what they are.  To put it in more basic terms, it’s never shocking to find out that a white man who never says anything bad about black people is actually a racist.  I’m not saying criticizing someone of a specific race is a prerequisite to treating people equally, but I am saying that overcompensation in one direction is often a red flag that something is not right about someone’s thinking.

When you speak of the President of the United States, the general rules of behavior don’t apply.  Therefore when President Obama shows his consistent discomfort and reluctance to call out  Islamic extremists by name, he may not be revealing a bigotry towards Muslims, but he is doing exactly what he claims he does not want to do, and that is marginalize the Muslim population.   No matter how often the President refuses to say the constant barrage of terror is being committed by Muslim extremists, the facts are the facts and the whole world knows it to be true.  Paris, Brussels, Lahore, San Bernadino, various cities all over Israel, are all places where there are examples of recent acts of terror all committed by Muslim extremists.  There, I said it. Muslim extremists. But I did not say all Muslims are terrorists did I?  If anything, by calling the terrorists Muslims Extremists I am separating them from the rest of the Muslim population.  To prove my point, I could easily forward this piece to the likes of M. Zuhdi Jasser, a great Muslim American, without being concerned that I would offend him. Why? Because I am comfortable in making the distinction between him and the terrorists that happen to be the same religion as he and many more millions of Muslims who are not terrorists. When a President leaves a philosophical vacuum he leaves the door open for the less intelligent and thoughtful to make very broad, bigoted, and very often dangerous generalizations.  To be blunt, it is better to make the statement ‘all Muslim are not terrorists, but most terrorists these days are Muslim’, than it is to pretend none of the terrorists are Muslim.

When the President says the terrorists do not represent Islam, he may be making what he perceives as an ideologically positive statement, but the truth is that the IS in ISIS or ISIL still stands for Islamic State, and the followers of the terrorist organization identify themselves as Muslims.  To not distinguish members of ISIS from decent Muslims does not make that go away.  If anything it helps create the reaction some people will have when they read this, which will be to say, “there are no good Muslims”.

Yes Mr. President, there are many people who feel and speak that way.  Why?  Partially because they are extremists or radicals themselves, partially because some are just racist, but very importantly and not to a small part because of the vacuum created by your reluctance to call it by name.   If you look around the world, specifically the western world, other than the Pope, no one individual can impact people’s thinking with words more than the President of the United States of America.  By avoiding the terms Islamic extremism or Muslim terrorists, this President may just be doing the exact opposite of what he claims he wants to be doing, and the anger and hatred it may cause may do all of us more harm than good.

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A Modern Day Hero

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We live in a day and age in which finding the villain is a lot easier than finding the hero.  The reason is simple.  Today’s villains are so ruthless and so cruel most decent people are afraid to speak up.  By speaking up I don’t just mean opining or attacking one of the bad guys in an Open Letter the way that I do.  By speaking up, I mean making sure everyone hears your voice and you take serious actions that go after the very heart and soul of that evil.  It takes a special kind of person to have that kind of conviction, wherewithal, but most of all courage to confront those who wish to destroy the very fabric of everything we stand for.  M Zuhdi Jasser is one of those people.

Dr. Jasser is an Muslim American activist, former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and co-founder and president of the Muslim Reform Movement.  So you may ask yourself, why would I put such staunch support behind the President of the Muslim Reform Movement?  Yes it’s a good enough cause, and yes we need to see change, but as a Jew you might say, let me only focus on my own, and let him focus on his.  You might also say it’s a useless endeavor so why waste time and effort.  Well sometimes an individual takes action that transcends racial and religious divides. Sometimes the actions taken by an individual speak to the needs of everyone and help not only one group, but potentially the entire human race.  As a Jew and Zionist, this final paragraph in a recent article by Dr. Jasser, a vocal supporter of Israel,  told me everything I need to know in order to feel comfortable in  pushing every one of you who is like-minded to do whatever you can to support this brave and important man.

“The Declaration of the Muslim Reform Movement puts the Islamists on the defensive and gives birth to a counter-Islamist offensive based in the ideas of religious liberty and universal human rights. We are ready ideological warriors for the nation. The security of the United States, Israel, and the West hangs in the balance.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428571/muslim-reform-movement-fighting-islamism?QwwvHuKYpVC6johf.01

Earlier today I showed a friend some of Dr. Jasser’s writings and what he is doing and my friend’s reaction said it all.  He said,”this guy might just save the world”.  Although I don’t believe that one person can do it all, I do believe that my friend’s statement helps to underscore the significance and importance of what Dr. Jasser is trying to achieve.  Is it an uphill battle?  It certainly is.  But  consider this important fact.  As important as it unfortunately is to wage a military war against Islamic extremism, in order to truly defeat it a war of ideology must also be waged.  Dr M. Zuhdi Jasser is a leader of that fight from within, and someone I challenge each and every one of you to support any way you can, be it through words of encouragement, spreading his message, or if possible even more.  If nothing else at least recognize him for his critical achievements.

We often comment about the disease within parts of Islam that shows little or no respect for human life.  When we come across a man who fights for the rights and respect of all human life, a Muslim man who shows more respect for Jewish life than many non-Muslims, it is incumbent on us to stand behind him in support.  I challenge each and every one of you to do so.

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