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Todd Green, associate professor of religion at Luther College and nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia, visited Milligan to lecture on the issue.
Briana Snyder, staff reporter for The Stampede, sat down with Dr. Green to further discuss this topic, as well as his background. What lens are you viewing this issue from? Tell us a little background of your personal faith. My background is Presbyterian. Before I became a professor and went back to get my Ph.
I am no longer a minister. I still am someone who recognizes the importance of Christianity in terms of theology and in terms of my moral commitments and how it shapes those impulses into action. In this case, an action that challenges Islamophobia, recognizes the humanity in our Muslim neighbors, and tries to create a more just society in which they are more fully included.
My current identity is probably a little bit more complicated. My practice of Christianity takes place not so much within the walls of the church but out in the world.
In your own words, what is Islamophobia? I define Islamophobia as fear, hostility and hatred of Muslims or Islam that is rooted in racism and that manifests itself in discriminatory, exclusionary and violent practices targeting Muslims and those perceived as Muslims.
Its systemic practices, behavior and military and foreign policies that have real consequences for Muslims and those perceived as Muslims that can include violence and hate crimes.
This is not whether or not you believe in the theological claims of Islam, it is about the practices that really do harm to Muslims. Many Christians believe that salvation is only given through a relationship with Jesus Christ, so where is that line between loving and showing kindness and respect to our Muslim neighbors, and legitimizing Islam as a true and viable path to salvation?
I would push back in terms of whether that [Christian Exclusivism, the belief that Jesus is the only means for Salvation and the only ultimate truth. There are lots of theologians today who challenge such assumptions who believe that in the tradition of Christianity.
There actually are resources for understanding that there is truth to be found in other traditions. We should be willing to have a pretty critical conversation about theological exclusivism.
This notion that Christianity is the only way, historically, has at times also been used to justify violent practices that limit the freedoms of people who are not part of the Christian tradition.
How would you push back against this idea that so many Muslim majority countries are particularly hostile to the United States? There are a number of Muslim majority regions that are quite critical of the United States, quite angry at U. In fact, they might point to instances in which the United States has undermined democratic movements.
Until we start questioning [U. Why should we not ask Muslims to condemn terrorism? The first is that asking Muslims that question wrongly assumes that Islam is the cause of terrorism. That is a false assumption to make.
Most scholars who study terrorism will conclude that a lot of the primary forces driving terrorism are political or social. The majority of terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe are carried out by non-Muslims.
The second reason is that asking Muslims to condemn terrorism ignores the many instances in which Muslims do condemn terrorism, and its not hard to find lots of examples of Muslims condemning terrorism He suggests a simple google search. You can take every major category of violence that we attribute to ISIS from persecution of religious minorities to slavery to attempted genocide, and you discover that all of those categories apply to our history as well.
We project onto Muslims a kind of violence that we assume has nothing to do with us when, in fact, it has everything to do with us, and until we stop being distracted and start coming to terms with our own sins, take the log out of our own eye, as Jesus might have said, we will never be able to figure out terrorism, what drives it, and how to counter it.
So, we need to start thinking about ways that that can be changed, so that what Muslims are actually doing in terms of trying to counter Islamophobia in telling their own stories about the challenges they face with being Muslims in the United States will be given a place.Early postal history.
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Islamophobia is the term that has been coined to describe the current hostility toward Islam and Muslims in the United States, manifested in prejudice, harassment and discrimination.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public life found last year that positive opinions of Islam . Author Doug Saunders has drawn parallels between Islamophobia in the United States and its older discrimination and hate against Roman Catholics The European Islamophobie Report aims to enable policymakers as well as the public to discuss the issue of Islamophobia with the help of qualitative data.
It is the first report to cover a . Islamophobia in the United States can be described as the unvalidated, highly speculative, affective distrust and hostility towards Muslims, Islam, and those perceived as following the religion and or appear as members of the religion and its associative groups.
Islamophobia in the United States can be described as the unvalidated, highly speculative, Frequent news stories and discussions involved the issue of civil liberties that American Muslims were facing due to the increase in reports involving physical violence and assaults on Arabs and Muslims.