It’s given just about exclusively to Muslims these days, and that’s
no personal observation. (Personally, I would think it’s given to
everyone but Christians, but that’s another story…)

The Daily Beast backs up their observation.

“If America is going to win the fight against radical Islam,
moderate Muslims will have to lead the charge—and explain to the rest
of us how we can help.

“President Obama warns against “extremism.” Former Vice President
Dick Cheney declaims against “terrorists.” But they hardly ever bark
the essential word, the almost always absent critical adjective:
Muslim. Almost all the terrorist and extremist violence in the world
today is committed by Muslims—and in most instances, the victims are
Muslims themselves. What’s afoot here is Muslim extremism—despite the
fact that the great majority of Muslims aren’t radicals and condemn
terrorism.”

Which begs the point New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently raised.

“In his Cairo speech last June, President Obama effectively built a
connection with the Muslim mainstream. Maybe he could spark the debate
by asking that same audience this question:

“Whenever something like Fort Hood happens you say, ‘This is not
Islam.’ I believe that. But you keep telling us what Islam isn’t. You
need to tell us what it is and show us how its positive interpretations
are being promoted in your schools and mosques. If this is not Islam,
then why is it that a million Muslims will pour into the streets to
protest Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, but not one will take
to the streets to protest Muslim suicide bombers who blow up other
Muslims, real people, created in the image of God? You need to explain
that to us — and to yourselves.”

This is getting increasingly urgent.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....