Burning buildings doesn’t get us anywhere; neither does cobbling together a barely-adequate team of student lawyers to face off against experienced lawyers in a trial that is, quite frankly, a waste of taxpayer’s dollars. Both of them induce feelings of anger and annoyance towards those responsible… from your own community as well as those whom you’re opposing. (…)
To me, one thing that the entire situation revealed was our need to have better PR and to develop a more competent response team in dealing with issues of concern to the Muslim community.
Far too often, I see that in trying to deal with such incidents, we end up hurting our own cause rather than helping it. Our approaches tend to be either wishy-washy or whiny, rather than strong and principled. As a result, the media (and subsequently the public) has an image of the Muslim community that is split between seeing us as “radical fanatics” and overly sensitive whiners.
Fine stuff, but this woman may want to consider her own prose, however. Note the (pun intended) veiled threats and subtle resistence to integration in this paragraph:
We need to take care of our image – such as it is right now – and work harder towards promoting ourselves as a strong and principled community which, while we tolerate the values this society propagates, will not accept being treated in a manner which only perpetuates the stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination already aimed at us.
No matter how conciliatory and reasonable many Muslims try to sound, they give the game away when they talk just a little too long, hmmm?
If “Islamophobia” is such a problem in Canada, please feel free to move to a Muslim nation where you will feel more at home. Your failure to move to such a country indicates that the “problem” is mostly imaginary, and an excuse for blackmail.