Fear and distrust of “Muslims” feeds on horrific events like a cutthroat murder of a poor 85-year-old priest giving mass today in Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, France. What can Muslims do about ISIS besides decry, denounce, and deny involvement? I do not have the answers either.
To complicate matters, Islamic sects attack other Muslims they believe are not “true believers.” In addition, turmoil, fragmentation, propaganda, and disenchantment, can divert young minds from seeing other people as human beings if they represent “The Enemy,” “The Satan,” or any name they regard as worthy of killing.
Some of the greatest scientific, mathematical, and poetic minds in the history of humanity came from the Middle East. I do not believe that the Muslim community lacks the abilities or resources to thwart such despicable members of their faith. I believe that we lack trust and cooperation with each other.
Would it be “profiling” for predominately Muslim communities to join together and purposely organize to identify these murderers in their midst? No one knows the signs and subtle indicators of violence on any streets better than the people who live there.
We already have analogous problems in predominately black neighborhoods – no one talks because they are afraid of reprisals. I am not sure that is the problem in the Muslim community, but something is in the way of finding and stopping these monsters.
Please, do not leave this problem on the doorsteps of condolences and denial; it does not matter what you believe, or how you practice your beliefs, join us to stop this madness.