Friday, December 5, 2008

Muslims and terrorism

One of my friends in a class recently commented on the stereotype of "terrorist" that's connected with Muslims. She asked if we think of terrorism when we see her. That's not at all what I see when I see her...but it was interesting to think about. Especially considering all the fear and stereotypes surrounding Muslims since 9/11/01.

She gave me permission to share that and pose the question to you. So, what do you see when you see someone who is Muslim or hear about the Islamic faith? Do you connect Muslims with terrorism? If so, did you before 9/11?

7 comments:

Ted M. Gossard said...

Emily,
I don't think I do, not that I'm aware of. In fact I'm reminded that most Muslims don't identify with the terrorists who do this in the name of their faith at all. Like us who don't identify with those who have killed in the name of Christ or as "Christians".

Emily said...

Good point...probably one of the reasons that I like "follower of Christ" more than "Christian". They can definitely seem to mean 2 different things sometimes, at least to me.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Emily,
You may not want to post this which is more than fine of course, but I wanted to let you know that someone on my blog addressed you on a past post on abortion and voting, here. Of course you may or may not choose to answer; I just wanted to let you know.

Have a blessed Christmas!

Emily said...

WOAH, wicked long comment. I'm just going to be glad that I got what I wanted to say in there and let it be in God's hands. :-) That's the best way to deal with things sometimes, right?

Ted M. Gossard said...

Emily,
Yes, I agree. Even though I sometimes don't follow that myself like I ought.

Jeanette said...

I don't think that I do. I hope that I don't. I was teaching a junior high Sunday school class when 9-11 happened. I talked to them all about it and asked if they saw a particular man in our congregation as a terrorist? They said "of course not". You see, he was blond hair, blue-eyed, young man with short well kept hair. I told them that he was the perfect profile of the men who were responsible for the Oklahoma bombings. This hit home for them that there are just some bad people out there, not races or religions.

Emily said...

http://www.hartsem.edu/events/facultynews_Mattson_Statement.html