They’ve said it dozens of times on the air at Fox News: “Why aren’t Muslims protesting against ISIS?” The rhetorical question is asked as though the foregone conclusion is that Muslims in fact all support ISIS, or simply don’t see the terror group and self-described “Islamic State” as a real problem that needs to be confronted.
This line of Neo-Conservative rhetoric is further meant to underline just how unfairly the person posing this polemic question believes Israel is being treated by Muslims. The implication is that Israel is the sole target of Muslim outrage, while ISIS is given a free pass.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Even though the hawks continue to ignore such protests and statements against ISIS, they are very real throughout the Muslim world, including in the West. Last week, a massive demonstration in Dearborn, Michigan, a city which is home to one of United States’ largest Muslim populations, the Islamic community united in one voice to denounce ISIS as “enemies of humanity.”
The local Detroit Free Press reports that “Muslim leaders gathered Monday on the steps of Dearborn City Hall to strongly condemn ISIS, saying the militant group in Iraq and Syria doesn’t represent Islam or Muslims.”
Furthermore, they continued, Dearborn anti-ISIS activists described the terror group as “crazy criminals who are abusing our religion,” according to Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights. “You’re a bunch of gangsters,” he continued, “you’re not Islamic.”
The rally included remarks by local imams, Osama Siblani, publisher of Arab American News in Dearborn, Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Steve Spreitzer, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
So where was the mainstream, corporate media during all of this? They were editorializing, claiming that rallies like this don’t exist, and that Muslim leaders aren’t speaking out against ISIS, who Siblani described as “”the enemies of humanity.”
This was not the only protest of its kind. In Dearborn alone, there were at least two other major demonstrations against ISIS early this summer.
If you know someone who needs to be told about this, help us SPREAD THE WORD, since the mainstream media is asleep at the wheel!
(Article by Zeidy David and Abu Hussein)