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Islamophobia in Nevada

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AIR DATE: September 17, 2010

The Islamic Society warned Las Vegas Muslims to keep a low profile during the Sept. 11 weekend. They even asked police to increase their patrols of mosques. Do Muslims have reason to be afraid? Have they run across trouble in Las Vegas? A Florida church caused an international stir when it threatened to burn copies of the Quran, and plans to build a mosque by Ground Zero also caused disquiet. Is "Islamophobia" on the rise? Or is it more imagined than realized? How does it affect local Muslims - have they made changes to their lives? Also, what do other faith leaders have to say?

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Aslam Abdullah, Dir, Islamic Society of Nevada
Malcolm Cohen, Rabbi, Temple Sinai of Las Vegas
Gard Jameson, Assoc Pastor, Grace Community Church; Asian traditions instructor, UNLV Philosophy Dept; Chair, Interfaith Council of Southern NV
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    COMMENTS:
    "mere idea of someone offending their religion by burning a Koran?"

    Dear Brothers and sisters, I am a Muslim.And have been in US since 9/11.I would like you to know that Koran is not a "mere" entity to MUSLIMS.

    2ndly I would request as a friend to take a moment to read it itself rather then reading all the articles about it.That would be the single best thing any non Muslim can do before making comments about it.

    peace to all

    ajSep 19, 2010 12:42:14 PM
    It is readily apparent that the great majority of Muslims in the US do not support the actions of extremists, but Ben Torres has a valid point. Quotes from the Quran brought to our attention by those wishing to condemn Islam appear to be accurate. Until Muslim clerics in authority renounce and disassociate themselves and their followers from the inflammatory passages in the Quran and from the actions of the extremists, suspicions and tensions will continue to mount.
    Tracy WinslowSep 16, 2010 21:43:37 PM
    Perhaps this could be a topic for KNPR to take up. But let me explain the following. There is no term infidel in the quran.

    There is no passage in the Quran that asks Mulsims to kill infidels. The passage you are referring to is in reference to the leaders of Makka who were out to kill Muslims. Muslims were given permission to fight them and fight with determination.

    There is no passage in the Quran that gives Muslims the permission to kill non-Muslims.

    If any one wants to use the freedom guaranteed to him by the US constitution to kill anyone, he would be wrong. Democracy or freedom cannot be blamed for all the gun violence that rocks our cities.

    We have made it clear several times, that the only way to promote justice and peace is through non-violence even if it means giving one's own life.

    Aslam AbdullahSep 17, 2010 18:03:39 PM
    A very informative program - it slightly reduced my pessimism that the US is sliding into a dark age. I will never forget the comment "They may speak with an accent but they don't think with an accent."
    Aunty PalinSep 16, 2010 13:16:08 PM
    I was listening today, Sept. 16, 2010 to 88.9, I am not a Muslim but I have lived for approx. 15 years in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and in Muslim Africa, principally, Somalia... I am a community leader in the Filipino American community.

    While I agree in general to what was said in the program, however, one thing is apparent, there is a need to better the Muslim image not only in Nevada but also in the U.S.

    Question: can the Muslim imam here issue a "F A T W A" against terrorism per se, nothing against any group, religion, sect or race but purely one that denounces the precept of terrorism against us. Radical clerics outside the U.S. have issued fatwas for our death and destruction, why can we not counter this with a fatwa denouncing terrorism. I will only agree that such a move can only be truly totally effective if made thru this religious pronouncement and not by any Muslim leadership denouncing terrorism no matter how strong.

    Ben Torres

    Asian American


    ben torresSep 16, 2010 10:22:16 AM
    A fatwa is a decree fortified with religious text.

    Well, the decree is present in the Quran. It says "every human being deserves a dignified existence as the dignity has been bestowed by God." It says further, the one who saves one life saves the entire humanity and the one who takes one life takes the life of the entire humanity."

    Terrorism and violence in any form and shape are anti-divine and anti-Islam and a Muslim must never be involved in them.


    Aslam AbdullahSep 16, 2010 16:26:53 PM
    I have no fear of Muslims or Christians; I question radicalism from any quarter. I fear politicians use fear and bias to foment paranoia for political gain. Neither the politician nor religious radical of any ilk spouting their fear mongering have anything to do with God. Radicals and politicians who prey on the fears of people are doing so to gain power and control. None of these people are to be trusted.
    JohnSep 16, 2010 10:17:38 AM
    The building of churches in urban areas is becoming a more and more difficult task. I am a member of a church that experienced this 10 years ago. Many residential neighborhoods see churches as commercial enterprises invading their land, so it not surprising the use of a building that had airplane crash debris fall on it on 9/11 would be considered by some to be part of "Ground Zero" and thus not appropriate for even moderate Muslim activity.
    ScottSep 16, 2010 10:15:44 AM
    What are Muslim-Americans doing to counteract radical Muslims. I have been very disappointed that there has not been high profile Muslim participation in the US military. It is as if you are taking shelter under the American flag, rather than visibly defending it. Specifically, what is the Muslim communtiy doing to address that neglect.
    Tom ShieldsSep 16, 2010 09:46:03 AM
    didnt anyone notice that Muslims were rioting at the mere idea of someone offending their religion by burning a Koran? They don't have the right not to be offended any more than anyone else, not in America anyway. for the religion of peace, they sure seem to riot a lot.
    mikeSep 16, 2010 09:43:39 AM
    I am currently taking a political scienclass and we have been reading about how and why the constitution was written. One of the key thoughts when writing it was religious freedom. I think that to discriminate against any person for any reason is unacceptable as an American. Being an "American" has never required a person to have a particular religous viem and these people that are incinuating acts of hatred despite their right to free speech should really be ashamed of themselves.
    Amber HarrisonSep 16, 2010 09:17:45 AM
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