After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim people. "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam," Bush said a few days after 9/11. President Obama reached out to Muslims worldwide in his 2009 Cairo speech, where he insisted that "America is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam." Yet partly because of the furor over the "mosque" near Ground Zero, a new wave of anti-Muslim feeling has arisen. Gen. Petraeus recently spoke out against a planned burning of the Qur'an by a church in Florida, an act which Petraeus says threatens American operations in Afghanistan and harms America's image in Muslim countries.
Did we (Muslim and non-Muslims) do enough after 9/11 to heal the nation? If not, what should we have done? What more can we do now?
Elizabeth Tenety on September 7, 2010 12:01 PM
Hating Muslims for no other reason than their religion of birth or choice is indeed "Islamophobia." Holding Muslims and Islam to the same standards of inquiry as other groups, on the other hand, is in fact perfectly legitimate.
Posted by Shmully Hecht, on September 8, 2010 3:41 PM
I trust that Protestant spokespersons better skilled than in their theology will not only point out the folly of this Qur'an burning, but take the moment to clarify that there is more to Christianity than individuals making it up as they go along.
Posted by Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, on September 8, 2010 12:05 PM
Too many moderate Christians, especially clergy, have been muted or confusing in their comments about Islam and Muslims. They have been silent or vacillated. Awash in a culture of fear and soaked in confusion, we need more faith leaders with courage and clarity for the common good.
Posted by Robert Parham, on September 8, 2010 9:07 AM
What all groups must remember is that while we can rebuke Islam all we want, that doesn't mean we ought to treat Muslim-Americans improperly. We need to defend their right to worship, build mosques, and run for public office. We need to remember that our respect for people (whatever their religion may be) is more important than our respect for their faith. If we can keep these things in mind, we may not "heal the nation," but we'll be building a nation that's hospitable to people of all religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Posted by Hemant Mehta, on September 7, 2010 11:43 PM
Just as a physician does not heal a patient, but sets up conditions in which the body can heal itself, so will interfaith groups not heal the nation. And it is quite possible that the national body has now become so infected that even the most devoted interfaith groups can only sit and watch the patient die.
Posted by Gene Davenport, on September 7, 2010 11:34 PM
The nation has not healed from the attacks on 9/11, because an act of war is not a wound or a disease. Terrorists attacked our nation and killed Americans on September eleventh motivated by a radical form of Islam. Until we win the war against terrorism and make radical forms of Islam as unattractive as we have made Nazi ideology, we will not have finished the job that 9/11 started.
Posted by John Mark Reynolds, on September 7, 2010 7:43 PM
So what should have been done? "Do to others as you would have them do to you," says Jesus in Luke 6:31. Fear has trumped love in our society in the years since 9/11 and what we can and need to do now is recommit ourselves to the hard work of loving our neighbor.
Posted by Janet Edwards, on September 7, 2010 5:33 PM
We need to have some very frank conversations about 9-11 itself and how we are coping with it. Much of the Muslim world, including sizable portions of the American Muslim population remain mired in the denial stage of grief. Thus the popularity of 9-11 conspiracy theories.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on September 7, 2010 12:33 PM