Islam In The World/USA
Direct contradiction with the QuranEdit
Opinions of muslimsEdit
- Many Muslims perceive the US cultural, political and economic hegemony as enemy number one.
- Muslims have more freedoms in the USA than in some Arab or Muslim countries.
Opinions on IslamEdit
Just as the opinions of Muslims on the United States, there is a wide spectrum of opinions on Islam amongst Americans.
After the September 11, 2001, terrorism acts hostile attitudes towards Muslims became noticeable and hate-crimes rose. Muslim communities and the government quickly intervened to educate the population and down-play some of the "crusade" talk first noticeable in the president's speech. This bore considerable fruit and only a minority sees Islam inherently violent, while most see it as vulnerable to "misinterpretation" as Christianity.
There is also the view that while Islam may not be inherently evil, its current manifestation is intolerant and promoting violence and intolerance, the latter being the foundation of peaceful coexistence.
Sharia law is viewed negatively as an unjust form of law, pitted against those who in lower social ranks, women in particular. This is largely tainted by the fact that most news reports of Sharia verdicts are those that Westerners will in general find shocking. Examples are the stoning of adulterers, in particular those where there is no breech of wedlock (e.g. two unwed people have sex) where even those Americans who consider it a sin would argue that it still was not a crime, and those where the victim of rape will be stoned as punishment while the perpetrators walk free.