Although many Americans and extremists like Pamela Geller have demanded that Muslims apologize for the violence and murder of U.S. Muslims in Chattanooga, they must not be well read. Nearly every major Muslim organization in America has denounced the killings from groups in Chattanooga to Muslim and Arab organizations around the country
By Ray Hanania
Many Americans have asserted that they have not heard Muslims and Arabs denounce the violence by individuals who claim to be Muslim or representing Islam.
But the truth is that nearly every major Muslim and Arab organization has issued a condemnation of the violence by Kuwaiti Muslim from Jordan, Mohammed Youssuf Abdulazeez.
Many see this kind of violence as an “opportunity” to score political points, to rally their followers using fear mongering and emotions and anger to strengthen their voice for their often racist and hate-driven agendas.
Not one major Muslim or Arab group has praised the killings of the four U.S. Marines, in part because these organizations consist of Americans who happen to be Muslim and many Arab. Additionally, many Arabs and Muslims have served with honor and distinction in the U.S. Military,a s I have done, and the idea of targeting uniformed soldiers engaged in training or recruiting and not on a battlefield is abhorrent.
A major part of the problem is that the mainstream news media, especially the conservative rightwing media, like FOX News, ignores the protests and expressions of Muslims and Arabs, and twist statements to distort the intent of these groups. And so-called “liberal” media in fact ignore the Arab voices because of their inherent bias towards protecting Israel and demonizing any Arab group that criticizes Israel.
The atrocities committed by Abdulazeez play into their hands.
Here are some of the statements that have been released and continue to be released, that anyone could find if they just looked:
USCMO condemns killings in Chattanooga, offers condolences to victims’ families
(Washington, D.C., 7/17/2015) – The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, strongly condemns the tragic shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee yesterday which left four Marines dead in an attack on a military recruiting center and another US military site. USCMO offers its sincere condolences to the victims’ families and urges law enforcement to fully investigate these crimes.