Friday, August 31, 2007

Americans Ignorant About Islam

"There exists in this country among all Americans, whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers, a huge and profound ignorance about Islam ... there is no shortage of voices prepared to tell us that fanaticism and intolerance are fundamental to Islamic religion, and that violence and even suicide bombing have deep Koranic roots."

Those words come from the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie. Yoffie was addressing the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America on Friday. He added that Americans need to know:

"how far removed Islam is from the perverse distortions of the terrorists who too often dominate the media, subverting Islam's image by professing to speak in its name."

Yoffie also called for an end to racial profiling and legal discrimination of any kind against Muslim Americans. It is a shame that more people like Yoffie aren't speaking out about the repeated lies being told about Islam.