There are talented and non-extremist Muslim Americans seeking to serve in public office, yet the goal of getting more Muslims elected is also a steadfast Islamist objective. On August 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) shared a fundraising email campaign in which they request donations to:
A turbulent political season ushered in by the contentious 2016 presidential elections inspired over 90 Muslims to run for political office. In what can be described as a “green wave,” many of those Muslim-American candidates have underscored their religion as identity markers in their campaigns.
The hope of many of those supporting increased Muslim presence in political office is rooted in the idea that Muslim representation will benefit the Muslim-American demographic. However, Islamists like CAIR and their endorsed candidates are not interested in outreach to a wide net of Muslim communities; they’re interested in riding the coattails of the Far Left that has gained considerable momentum on the American political landscape over the last few years.
American leftist politics are convenient vessels for Islamists to carry their message all the way to Capitol Hill by drumming up the cry of Islamophobia.
Yet, the truth is, there is no widespread irrational hatred toward Muslims. If there was, Muslims wouldn’t be winning primaries or being elected to office.
A more honest conversation around “Islamophobia” starts with admitting that:
Islamophobia is a simple term to describe a complex social response to world events. Real frustrations from real people are valuable opportunities for honest conversations. However, those conversations cannot be had when the lid is shut closed with hysterical paranoia that Muslims are hated or that any attempt at a conversation on Islam is demonstrative of hatred toward Muslims.
That isn’t honest, and if there’s one thing we need before a Muslim politician, it’s an honest politician.
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