by JuJuBe (Joanna)
The Light of the World (La Luz del Mundo) Church currently under construction in Phoenix Arizona has neighbors concerned. So much so, that they had to affix a banner to the structure in order to reassure passerby on the nearby I-10. The reason? It "looks like a mosque" Yup, this multidenominational church is the object of concern because it is topped by a dome. Ooooohhhh.... scary Muslim looking structure! The terrorists are about to invade Arizona! Hide the women and children!
Yes, Islamophobia in America has really gotten this bad! Church leaders have received numerous phone calls from "concerned citizens" who are opposed to the idea of there being a mosque in the area! So, they are now flying a large banner across the dome just to let the people who see the structure know that they are, indeed, a Christian organization, not one of those terrifying Islamic "terrorist" groups! Because God forbid those scary Muslims be afforded a place to worship in America!
I was about to say that this was typical of the state that brought us SB1070, and bans on "ethnic studies" classes AND affirmative action programs. But, the truth is, Anti-Islamic sentiment can be found all over this country. From New York City to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. From North Carolina to Waterport, New York. Muslims have become the "enemy du jour", and it is open season on any expression of the Islamic faith.
Maybe if Americans would open their eyes and recognize that the true cause of "terrorism" is NOT Islam, but is instead the imperialistic and war mongering agenda of the United States, there would be less hatred directed at Muslims. But, no, the citizens of this country refuse to see how our actions have contributed to the rise of "extremism" across the globe. Until we open our eyes and recognize that we have immeasurably harmed people all over the world, there will be those who consider us enemies, and rightfully so.
Not all Muslims are "terrorists". Not all "terrorists" are Muslim. And not all "terrorists" are, in fact "terrorists". Many are just people who are rising up against a nation who has declared war on their way of life, because it is not the "American way".