To the editor:
As a proud Muslim American I want to address the issues that Muslims in America are facing today such as racial discrimination, stereotyping, and being prone to hate crimes.
I think it's ridiculous to think that Muslim Americans do not have this country's best interest at heart in the same way as any Americans do.
I think it's absurd how a Muslim person can't get through airport security without being violated and stripped of their dignity. Doesn't the First Amendment state "Freedom of Religion?" Shouldn't the people of Islam get to practice their faith freely and proudly, without being prosecuted, and made to practice their religion in silence to fit into society's norm?
In the media Islam is portrayed as a violent religion, when in fact Islam is one of the most peaceful religions. Many Americans, when they hear the word "Muslim," automatically think of a terrorist. This is severe form of stereotyping. This problem occurred when a "few" Muslims chose to commit acts of violence; every Muslim was blamed. I constantly find myself being stared at - hearing whispers behind my back and those looks of suspicion that burn deep.
I believe people should get to know someone who is Muslim, visit their local mosque and ask questions about Islam. At the end we are all human beings who share common goals, dreams, hopes and aspirations for ourselves and for our children as anyone else does.