Religious persecution has been around since the beginning of recorded history. Within the past decade, Muslims have been the target of religious persecution because of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Most people today will not go out of their way to learn about another culture’s religion and would rather believe that all Muslims in America have the same bad intentions in their mind. Because of these actions Muslims in America are treated unfairly. Muslims have also taken a lot of harassment from those of the Christian faith as well because of their religious faith. In this essay the persecution of Muslim’s will be discussed and the various solutions that can be used to end their unfair treatment.
One of today’s biggest problems towards Muslims is the hate that is displayed towards them after September 11th. We blame the innocent because of the works done by the extremist, “Second, I see as a victim the image of Islam around the world, which was distorted by extremists who do not speak for one billion Muslims around the World.” (Bhutto 294). These extremist would see any other religions wiped off the face of the planet because they do not believe in the Islamic faith. Not all Muslims think like this, but because people have taken in the idea that all Muslims think like this people think that they all have bad intentions in their minds.
The solution to this problem is that the people of the United States need to stop blaming the average Muslim person for what happened. It is not the everyday Muslim who bombed the twin towers. It was the Muslim Extremist group of Al-Qaeda. Because of this hatred towards them the average Muslim has been made to change their way of life, “Many Muslims in America live in terror of being hauled up on suspicion and taken away. Individual choice is now constrained. Many Muslims shaved their heads and changed their attire to avoid hate crimes.” (Bhutto 298). There are many ways to make this solution to come into fruition, especially through the media, but Americans chose not to.
This leads to the next problem which is the bashing of Muslims from the media. Almost everyone today has access to the internet, television, or the radio. The numerous talk shows, news stations, and online articles that inform the people with vehemence, “The headlines that scream at us every day from the front pages and television screens seem unanimous in the picture they paint of Muslims: unenlightened outsiders who, while they may live and work in the West, still have an allegiance to values different from those recognized in Europe and North America.” (Morey 1). Due to this constant barrage of negative reinforcement that is constantly being heard and read, it gets embedded into the mind of people that the everyday Muslim is just as bad as the Muslim extremists.
Solutions for this problem will be the hardest to put into effect. The internet is one big pool of “freedom of speech”, but it is controllable. The...