The Fear of Being Muslim in North America
The video below is from an article published in Canada back in November in which a woman in Toronto describes being physically assaulted in the street by a man who mistook her scarf for hijab. The article is linked to in the source article for this Page over at the BBC (please do read the whole thing, lots of info there).
I’m filing this under the “Terrorism” category because that’s essentially what this is—e.g. if Muslim men were physically assaulting Jewish or Christian women in public while shouting verbal abuse at them about their religion, it would immediately be labeled terrorism, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric is nothing new in North America. It was rampant in the Canadian election, when incumbent prime minister Stephen Harper made eliminating the niqab at naturalisation ceremonies a cornerstone of his campaign. It was also a factor long bubbling under the surface of the US presidential election - a poll in September found that one-third of Iowan Republicans think Islam should be outlawed.
But in the aftermath of terror attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, California, anti-Islamic speech has risen to the surface of American political discourse, as evidenced by the latest proposal by presidential candidate Donald Trump that would bar any Muslim from entering the US.
“Our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people who believe only in jihad,” wrote Trump in a press release.
While Trump has no power to enact such a ban, Muslims living in Canada and the US say his words and anti-Islamic rhetoric in general have a real impact on daily life. […]
P.S. Marco Rubio, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins et al: More examples of the supposedly non-existent Islamophobia.