If you are willing to silence, hurt, or kill an innocent person because of their religion or peaceful political views, you are no better than ISIS terrorists or the terrorist who murdered the people in New Zealand.
What’s more, being anti-Muslim in particular is actually hurting the fight against terrorism as well.
According to recent polls and studies conducted in the last few years, Muslims have been crucial in helping law enforcement find terror suspects in the United States. Many have served in the military protecting the country against terrorists. And, many Muslims have been highly outspoken against terrorist organizations.
In 2015, TFTP reported on 70,000 clerics who came together, representing the majority of the Muslim world and publicly denounced ISIS as a threat to humanity.
Also, a Duke University study found more terrorism suspects and perpetrators were brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of the Muslim-American community than were discovered through U.S. government investigations. And a Pew survey found that roughly half of U.S. Muslims say their religious leaders aren’t speaking out enough against Islamic extremism, reports CNN.
The way to truly defeat violent extremists is by rendering their fear and divisive tactics impotent. We need to show these extremists, and those being manipulated by their tactics, that tolerance and freedom are far more powerful than bigotry and hate. As Action says, “Liberty provokes diversity, and diversity preserves liberty.”
Also, Americans will do well to remember how it was that ISIS and this crisis came to be in the first place, and avoid future murderous blunders that will inevitably fill the ranks of extremist groups with even more people.
You can bow down to the will of ISIS and the ethnostatist terrorists by allowing their hate-filled rhetoric and divisive tactics to cloud your mind with fear and hatred. Or, you can rise up and stand against those who would drive a wedge through the heart of humankind. The choice is yours.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.
This article was originally published by “Free Thought Project.” –