Over 200 American Muslims marched on Saturday with signs saying “America Is Our Home” and “Islam strictly prohibits terrorism” and condemning terrorism is the name of religion, proclaiming “Islam means peace.” It was heartening to learn that Muslims condemned the actions of other Muslims, just as Jews do when one of our commits an atrocity. At the same time, I’m sure some will say “Where are the other hundreds of thousands of Muslims who live in New York?” I wish there were more Muslims who spoke out, but I do not believe that 200 is an insignificant number. We need to reach out to our local organizations, like the Islamic Center of Long Island, an applaud them when they speak out against terrorists. We also need to partner with them on initiatives rather than shying away from them. If the moderate Muslims voices condemning terrorism are few or just not getting the attention of the media, we are still obligated to start with those that we know about, standing in solidarity with them. It’s not easy to speak out against co-coreligionists, and when one rightly does so (after the San Bernardino massacre), they need to be shown appreciation rather than skepticism or indifference.
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Although I applaud your effort and your enlightened viewpoint, I still think that most Muslims don’t speak out for fear of being ostracized by their own kind. I also feel that they must change their views vis a vis Jews. The most virulent Anti Semitism is coming from the Muslim world. They have to reach out to us first and begin a dialogue. Until that happens, it will be futile to us to reach out to them.
Bob-Who is the “they” to which you refer? There are places where Muslims and Jews dialogue with one another. One example of prominence is the Muslim Leadership Initiative at the Hartman Institute.