Islamist Dearborn sign in Michigan is completely fake
It caused a lot of upheaval last year, the radical Muslim sign in Dearborn, Michigan, which had allegedly been put up by a so-called Islamic Agenda for America. “Allah be praised. America we will kill you and nothing you can do to stop it” it said. Sounds extremely threatening, doesn’t it? Don’t worry. It’s completely fake.
The city of Dearborn is home to almost 100,000 people, about 30% of which are from Arab-American descent, thus causing the city to have an unusually large amount of Muslims. Unlike claims of the far right in America however, there is plenty of evidence that no Sharia law has ever been implemented. As such, there are seven mosques but also some sixty churches. Furthermore, there is a Catholic school, a Honeybaked Ham store and a strip club, none of which you would ever see in a city under Sharia rule. Hopefully, these facts open the eyes of the rightwing fanatics who are obviously unable (or would ‘unwilling’ be a better term to use?) to separate radical Muslims from moderate followers of Islam.
About the sign
According to the website politifact.com, no such thing as the ‘Islamic Agenda for America’ exists (I did a little research and found this claim to be true myself) and there is nothing real about the sign that has sparked so much controversy. Instead, it came from a template available on the website says-it.com, where people have the ability to create photos of church signs conveying any kind of message they want. It was found that the backgrounds of this template and the meme which was first posted on Facebook are identical. Not to mention that those who would have looked just a little bit further than their nose, would have noticed the sentence “Note: these church signs aren’t real, they don’t exist in the real world”.
Astonishing and concerning
It’s both astonishing and concerning to notice that so many people apparently don’t think of the possibility that certain photos, images or claims aren’t based on truth. What’s even worse is the fact that certain politicians, people who run this country, are among them. Think for instance of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R), who wrongfully stated that the British city of Birmingham is a place “where non-Muslims simply don’t go”. In doing so, he blindly repeated news channel Fox News, which once claimed that there are ‘no-go zones’ in Britain controlled by Muslim extremists (and later had to apologize for promoting a falsehood). Another example can be found in failed 2010 Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), who had stated that Sharia had taken hold of a Detroit suburb.
Dangers of radical Islam
It is not my intent to make light of the immense threat that radical Islam forms to this world. On the contrary, I believe it’s threat number one to the Western World. I’m all for going after plagues like Islamic State and not rest until they are wiped off the face of the Earth. Yet, if we want to do so, I’m convinced that it’s of vital importance to separate moderate Muslims from Muslim extremists. That’s something that people like Jindal, Angle and Dutch politician Geert Wilders fail to do and therefore not only cause injustice by condemning people who don’t deserve to be condemned, but also fail to seize the opportunity to have incredibly powerful allies who no doubt could play a key role in fighting Muslim extremists. After all, you have to know your enemy first before you can defeat him, so who better to have on your side than moderate Muslims who can provide us with important knowledge about their religion?
And let’s not forget about another thing. If anything, if moderate Muslims keep getting shunned and condemned by certain parts of our society, it will drive them straight into the opposite direction. Surely a group like Islamic State will make use of this social phenomenon in their propaganda and gladly accept them as fresh agents and soldiers once they have succeeded in turning them into radicals filled with hatred. In other words, by judging moderate and radical Muslims alike, we actually help Islamic terrorism. Needless to say, this has to be stopped and prevented at all costs.
No lack of facts
When it comes to examples of radical Islam and what it does to this very world we live in, there are plenty of examples available which are based on facts. Just think of the rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the Boston Bombings or 9/11. What I’m trying to say here is that there are so many factual examples that we really don’t need to create them ourselves. The only thing that will end up happening if we keep doing so is that we lose credibility and as a result of that severely impair ourselves in fighting radical Islam. So far, political correctness has prevailed in the Western approach to this depraved kind of religion and it will continue to prevail if those who don’t have their eyes closed for this threat fail to come up with hard evidence that Muslim extremism does form a worldwide danger indeed.
Fighters of radical Islam have to stop immediately inventing evidence of the threat that it forms to America and the rest of the world. We don’t need these falsehoods (and if we would, there wouldn’t have been an actual threat). Furthermore, I hope that moderate Muslims across the United States shut the mouths of those who have wrongfully condemned them by proving them wrong in word and deed. Join us in fighting the radical branch of your religion and do speak out against them. Take initiatives to prevent radicalizing. Let the country know you’re different from them and why. And rest assured, you won’t be alone or ignored. There are lots of people (including me) who refuse to perceive you as something you’re not and who will always treat you with the respect you deserve.