I implore Americans who care about America’s covenant of community to reach hands of friendship to our Muslim brothers and sisters. It is time for people of conscience to speak out against the stereotypes, the fear-mongering, and the bigotry that crush the hearts of American Muslims. Anti-Islam is the new Antisemitism. We know where that leads insecure and frightened people who feel that their nation is losing its dominance.
Think what it must feel like to be Muslim in America today. My own Muslim friends are anxious and afraid to speak up. They feel like Jews in Nazi Germany, just before the knocking on the doors of night, the silent train ride to the camps.
Millions of Muslims are just as American as you and me. They are hard-working men and women trying to support their families, trying to partake in the American community. Their mosques have spoken out strongly against terrorism, but their voices were not heard or carried by the press.
Please reach out to your local mosque and Muslim neighbors. Tell them you are a friend. Ask them what you can do to support their citizens’ rights. Saalam aleikum. The Peace of God be upon you.