Islamic terrorism? Racism? Some Muslims turn to humor
By Michelle Boorstein
Terrorism? Not your typical punch line fodder.
But some Muslims, hoping to bring a bit of levity to an American season rife with anxiety about their faith, are planning to come to the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally this weekend with signs including one reading: "Boo! I am a Muslim - and not just for Halloween!"
The excursion to the "Rally to Restore Sanity" is organized by My Faith My Voice, a new group that aims to counter prejudice against Islam with homemade video clips and other little social media snippets made by American Muslims.
Other signs you may see on the National Mall: "Juan To Meet a Muslim?" (a la commentator Juan Williams, fired from NPR earlier this month for saying he gets scared when he sees Muslims on airplanes) and "The 1950s called and they want their racism back."
In a bit of random humor, the group will also be holding a "Jump Rope with a Muslim" event. "It's just a pastime everyone can enjoy outdoors," Rabiah Ahmed, one of the organizers, told me today.
This campaign reminds me of a spoofy site that was being zapped around the Web last week: muslimswearingthings.tumblr.com.
Michelle Boorstein| October 28, 2010; 5:00 PM ET | Category: God in Government , Under God Save & Share:
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