Why Muslims by and large are hated in western countries?
Muslims attacked France in732 AD but were defeated by the franks.; consequently franks were dubbed as the defenders of the Christendom at that time.Thus for some time there was no collision between the Christendom and Muslims apart from the capture of Spain which lasted for few centuries.
Second collision took place through crusades of the Christendom against Muslims.Notwithstanding the bitter past between the two civilizations-Millions of Muslims are citizens of the western countries but one gets the impression-they are not liked by their western fellowmen-is it true or I am being paranoid?
No, you're not being paranoid. Sadly, there is not as much understanding or tolerance of the muslim culture in western societies. This is for two main reasons: Religion - specifically Christianity, which is long known as an intolerant religion, not because the religion itself says to be intolerant, but because that's the way many people translate it into their lives. The second reason that westerners are intolerant towards the muslim culture, is because of government propaganda. Especially since 9/11 and the wars that have been going on in the arab world. Our governments cannot continue their oppression overseas if they can't convince westerners that there is a good reason for it. So they say Muslims are terrorist, ect...
Most of this is done by downplaying peaceful Muslim practitioners and emphasizing violent Muslims who are just as bad as the intolerant christians. It's just sad. Though what is even sadder, is that the Muslim culture is not alone in this. It has also happened, and often continues to happen to Native Americans, the Japanese and African's.
Personally, I follow a pagan path, so I don't have intolerance for other cultures regardless of past history or future possibilities. I don't personally understand how the intolerances can continue the way they do, but they continue on anyways, regardless of any real logic.
@bizgengirl..This is one good and unbiased perspective that i have got from any one who happens to be westerner.you are right imperialistic regimes of the west do need a help of propaganda to label people as terrorists as it serves their ends.
but it is unfortunate though that ordinary people are led to believe and buy what their regimes tell them.moreover western media colludes with their governments to preach those biased beliefs as they are supposed to i think.
But what is the way out of such guagmire?
I don't know about Europe, but up until recently, I think Muslims in America were pretty well received. There is a sizable population of them here, and many of their communities have been around for many generations.
Tolerance of course will vary by location. College campuses always have large populations of Muslims and they are for the most part seen as a valuable part of the community.
I live close to one of the largest communities of Arab Muslims in North America: Dearborn, Michigan. People around here, are also very tolerant.
The problem is that we tend to amplify the stupidity of idiots, such as the Koran burning pastor, Terry Jones, which I think makes it seem like there is more intolerance and hatred than there really is.
And unfortunately the larger majority who openly welcome brothers and sisters from around the world, and advocate for peace and tolerance, just don't make for very good news.
I feel fortunate to have met and known so many different people from different parts of the world. Why people choose to put up walls to keep people out is a mystery to me.
i think there are a few reasons. 9/11 is one of them, especially the way there was partying in the streets in muslim countries after the attacks. but i think another reason is because we see what happens to countries where the muslim population grows and we don't want it to happen here.
It is really sad to think that people who follow certain beliefs are hated. We all are individuals all brought up in different households, with different teachings i myself have a few muslim friends and they are so down to earth and have beautiful souls. Religion is a part of life but it isn't life itself. It doesn't mean it is what a person should be branded and judged over.
Very few Americans really hate the Muslims. Most don't even care. As proof, the majority of Americans elected the man named Barack Hussein Obama as their chief of state. The US government wants to attack and conquer the Middle East, so its leaders invented an enemy to try to scare the American people. The media also tries to portray Americans as Muslim-haters and Muslims as west-haters in order to foster support for the US government's middle eastern campaigns.
This is such an odd question as in my opinion American have never hated Muslims. Perhaps certain Americans have hated Muslims but the USA is a big place and I doubt you could even get consencious on something like that. We have a lot of Americans that are Muslims. I believe the Bushes to be hated worse by the USA than the Muslims.
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