• Muslim ACLU Official: ‘I Emphatically Refuse’ to Condemn Islamic Terrorism

    An American Muslim and deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan, says that she “emphatically” refuses to condemn jihadist terrorists “just because I’m Muslim.”

    Rana Elmir claims in her article published in Monday’s Washington Post that she is frequently asked to condemn Islamic terrorism, to which she replies: “I emphatically refuse.”

    Elmir compares the  atrocities carried out in the name of Islamic terrorism with “the terror advanced by mostly white men” like Dylann Storm Roof’s  who attacked parishioners of a historic black church in South Carolina, Robert Dear’s who attacked a Planned Parenthood facility, the murder of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School and “the slaughter of moviegoers in Colorado or Louisiana.”Comparing terrorist acts conducted by ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab and other groups to “terror” she claims is advanced by white men, Elmir said she is not about to condemn terrorism “to prove my patriotism.”

    “Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State militant group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country,” Elmir wrote. “I will not be bullied into condemning terror perpetrated by psychopaths who misrepresent and distort Islam for their deranged purposes”

    She argues that Muslims are victims across the globe of terrorists and discrimination.

    “Muslims across the globe are not threats. They are threatened,” she wrote. “An American Muslim woman who wears hijab spoke to me of a paralyzing fear she feels every time she leaves the house.”

    Muslims “contribute to our own oppression by erroneously believing that if we just apologize, then the anti-Muslim rhetoric will end,” she wrote. “Condemnation becomes our admission of guilt.”

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