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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 -In 2010, a proposal to build a mosque and community center near ground zero was put forth. This proposal was met with a significant amount of backlash, largely a result of people unduly associating Muslims with extremist terrorist groups. -One place where Islamophobia is readily visible is in airports. Many of us areaware of the way that Muslims arescrutinized and discriminated againstby airport security personnel. -These practices are rooted in a culture of hatred and misunderstanding. In extreme cases, Muslims have been blatantly intimidated and/ or humiliated.For example, months after 9/11, a youngMuslim woman was illegally strip searchedin an airport for no apparent reason other than herethnicity. Definition (according to Islamophobia: hatred or fear of Muslims or of their politics or culture Americans irrationally fear Muslims largely due to misunderstandings they have about Islam. Misconceptions about Islam:- Muslims don't believe in Jesus.- Islam oppresses women.- Muslims are violent and often are terrorists.Reality:-The life and teachings of Jesus are prominently featured in the Qur'an. A key difference from the Judeo-Christian perspective is that Muslims understand Jesus to be a human prophet and not divine in any way. -While it is true that Muslim women are unjustly treated in many parts of the world, this treatment is primarily rooted in culture and is not justified by the Qur'an.-The Qur'an communicates a message of peace. Violent Islamic extremists are by and large the minority and their mission stems from a distorted interpretation of the Qur'an. Islamophobia in America -Islamophobia is seen through our media. There is a significant amount of coverage devoted to stories of Muslim extremists and the peaceful teachings and traditions of Islam are rarely represented.-Islamophobia is manifested in more extreme ways as well. For example, Pastor Terry Jones publicly declared plans of burning Qur'ans in recognition of 9/11 victims, sparking outrage in Muslim communities worldwide.
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