Does America owe Muslims an apology for alleged acts of discrimination after 9/11?
Apparently one Illinois Democrat thinks so, and it’s not who you might think.
Taking a page out of President Obama’s playbook, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), apologized to a mostly Muslim audience at the American Islamic College Conference in Chicago last weekend.
“And I think it’s important to apologize on behalf of this country for the discrimination you have faced,” Quigley said, after pledging to work with the group to combat perceived discrimiation.
One boo was heard after his remarks, but most of the audience warmly accepted his comment.
A post at Rebel Pundit notes that the “unaccredited college is the first of its kind in the United States.”
Warner Todd Huston writes at Right Wing News:
It is as if there never was anything like 9/11 and nativist Americans are merely taking their economic fears out on Muslims. And not only is it bizarre that Quigley blames the economy for our being mean to Muslims, but it is a flat out lie that it is even happening.
As Huston points out, FBI statistics show there have been far more hate crimes committed against Jews than Muslims, despite the propaganda issued by groups like the Council for Islamic Relations.
According to the FBI, there were 931 incidents reported against Jews, while 107 were reported against Muslims in 2009.
In 2008, the FBI reported:
There were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A breakdown of these offenses shows:
- 65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.
- 13.2 percent were anti-other religion.
- 7.7 percent were anti-Islamic.
- 4.7 percent were anti-Catholic.
- 4.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
- 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant.
- 0.9 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.
That year, there were 1,013 incidents against Jews reported, compared to 105 reported against Muslims.
While no one in their right mind supports religious bigotry, it is laughable for anyone to suggest that Muslims are targeted more than anyone else, especially when official FBI statistics show that far more Jews are targeted than Muslims.
A post at Publius’ Forum observes:
There is another inescapable conclusion we can make, here, too. CAIR is pushing an agenda and that agenda is built on misrepresenting the climate of tolerance in America today.
Yet Quigley sees fit to apologize to Muslims – on behalf of America.
So, far from Americans turning against Muslims, maybe Quigley should be apologizing for the attacks on Israel. He could start by apologizing for his president who has become the most anti-Israel president since the country was reborn.
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