aliasghark, on 03 June 2012 - 04:12 PM, said:
You can't remove that stereotype from your mind can you? Muslims in the west are from all kinds of places, not just the middle east and they don't all dress in just that specific attire (even if all of them were middle-eastern).
Only about a fifth of all Muslims are from the middle east.
You have too many prejudices to get out of your head.
This isnt about what my opinion is, its about the opinions of the people who are protesting in Tennessee...and you and I both know, it is highly likely that they believe in this stereotype. Also, many Tennessee muslims are immigrants.
We are talking about...why Islam runs into conflicts with things like building a mosque in Tennessee.
The answer is simple and clear, and I am sure you agree. Muslims do not hold a large portion of the population in the US. They are not commonly found in the media either. And so, many people really do not know much about Islam. If you do not know much about something, well what do you know? Well, we know of Saudi Arabia and their version of Shariah law. We know of 9/11 and the controversy of a mosque being built near ground zero.
Just because people know about Ice Cube, doesnt mean people think of Ice Cube as a muslim, nor do people associate Ice Cube with Islam. They associate him with the friday movies or boyz in the hood.
People simply need to be exposed, and they will learn over time.
There really isnt anything else to say, and you and I both know, what I have just said, is true.
Now, obviously in more liberal areas, people do know more about muslims and Islam...generally speaking. But we are talking about Tennessee. Thats the south, it may as well be texas with its massive fundamentalist evangelical super churches.
i will give you last word this time, just because this conversation really isnt important and we are dragging it out. Unless you really want me to reply.
Edited by iDevonian, 03 June 2012 - 05:51 PM.