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Friday, February 17, 2006

Why don't the moderate Muslims denounce the violence?

I get sooooo tired of that question, because they do. They do and too few people pay attention to them doing so. Usually the ones who ask why they don't. They ask, but apparently they don't look. I found the answer fairly easily and I SUCK at searching for links! So, here it is folks:

Why don't the moderate Muslims denounce the violent riots? Take a look!


"Why would you want to be violent about a cartoon?" said political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who felt an apology or editorial resignation would be sufficient restitution by a Danish newspaper that flouted Islam's ban on pictures of its prophets.

"Why don't you be violent and protest about your own governments, Muslim governments who have not provided basic sanitary facilities and housing?" the Malaysian analyst asked.

"These are far more important issues to Muslim communities around the world than some stupid cartoons. Cartoons are cartoons, period."

But mainly Muslim Malaysia, which has banned the cartoons and suspended the licence of a newspaper that printed them last week, has warned that angry voices were drowning out the tolerant tones of moderate Muslims and Westerners.

"As a result, the silent majority looks on as the extremist and intolerant minority takes over and turns the civilisational dialogue between Islam and the West into an angry and ugly shouting match," Malaysian news agency Bernama quoted Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying at the weekend.

Oh, wait. According to that article they are. Hmmm. Let me try again.

Here's one from BBC News:
Coach-loads of demonstrators arrived at the rally called United Against Incitement and Islamophobia, which got off to a peaceful start at about 1340 GMT on Saturday.

Police said the total turnout was about 5,000, a figure endorsed by a spokesman from the Muslim Council of Britain.

Among them was Hanifa Brka, a 29-year-old student from Birmingham, who said: "This is the heart of our faith - we believe it is wrong to talk badly about the prophet.

"I would like to send a message to all honest Christians - we are all brothers and sisters."

A series of speakers gathered to support the Muslim community, including MP Jeremy Corbyn.

In his speech, which was met with cheers from the crowd, he said: "The only way our community can survive is by showing mutual respect to each other.
"We demand that people show respect for each other's community, each other's faith and each other's religion."

Nope, sorry. Missed again.

Here's one from The Observer. The Progressive Muslim Union of North America has this to say. CAIR even goes further, and condemns this form of "peaceful" retaliation! Here's one from Afghanistan of all places, jeesh, and I thought moderate Muslims were supposed to be hard to find!?!

I could go on, and on, and on, but what's the point? This moderate Danish Muslim said it well:
One could see that the matter would take a turn for the worse when, late last year, the Danish prime minister refused to meet a group of Arab diplomats who wished to register their protest. In most other countries they would have been received, their protest accepted. The government would have expressed "regret" and told them it could not put pressure on any media outlet as a matter of law and policy. In their turn, having done their Muslim duty, these diplomats might have helped lessen the reaction in their respective countries. By not meeting them, the prime minister silenced all moderate Muslims just as effectively as they would be later silenced by militant Muslims around the world.

Like many other moderate Muslims, I too have been silent on these cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and the ensuing protests. Not because I do not have anything to say, but because there is no space left for me either in Denmark or in many Muslim countries.

If you want the moderate Muslims to speak out against the violence...if you want them to denounce the acts of the extremists and take action against it...if you want them to have an effect on the violence that is repeatedly spiraling out of control throughout the world...then you have to stop, listen and pay attention. They're there doing exactly what they should be doing; they're just being drowned out by all the shrill voices from both sides and your voice just might be one of them!


At 2/18/2006 11:13 AM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Very well done, I can't add anything to it except to say I agree with you.


At 2/18/2006 11:48 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you. I just hit one too many sites asking that question.

At 2/18/2006 11:50 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Oooo, and it gives me an excuse to postpone the Mark Green post I had slated to make that a certain guy keeps demanding...the more he demands it the more I want to postpone it just to aggravate him. Twisted, I know, but... :-)

At 2/19/2006 12:11 AM, Blogger reverse_vampyr said...

Great post. Thanks for pointing out the reasonable folk within the Muslim religion. Now if only the mainstream media will spend more time making their voices heard rather than their hateful brethren.

Wait, what am I saying? There's no "scoop" there, no money to be made by healing a rift between Islam the rest of the world. (sigh)

But thanks for doing your part.

At 2/19/2006 10:18 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

twisted is good...


At 2/19/2006 10:37 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, R_V. And, just in case there's any doubt, this was NOT directed at you (though I'm very glad you read and appreciated it)!

I do agree that the "reasons" you suggested are probably why these bits of news are down-played as much as they are. Violent protests make page 1; non-violent protests and calls to end the violence from moderate Muslims end up buried under the "World News" headings.

Kind of eliminates the theory that media companies aren't showing the cartoons out of "respect."

At 2/19/2006 10:38 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...


Yes, I thought you'd appreciate that! :-)

At 2/21/2006 2:28 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

This piece adds a new element to the discussion. Of course, this could be motivated purely by self-interests (of course he'd say that), but he just might be telling the truth.


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