Are the new TSA security procedures what we deserve for not listening to moderate Muslims?
After September 11th, it is unlikely that U.S. citizens would reasonably argue that airport safety measures aren’t important. However, it seems that growing fear over terrorism, specifically of Islamic terrorism, has enabled the government to implement procedures that may not prove effective, and at the same time greatly intrude on our senses of dignity and privacy.
The vast majority of terrorist attacks, however, or attacks on public or populated areas, are from non-Islam populations.. FBI statistics for recent years show this. But people still claim that 90% of terrorist organizations are Muslim without stating what exactly qualifies as a “terrorist organizations.” Muslim organizations that attempt to distance themselves from fringe extremists are often attacked for having connections to extremism (see here and here). Even though there is a continuing battle led by moderate Muslims against jihad, we still have arguments that TSA should be profiling. When moderate Muslims attempt to build centers for community outreach, the attempt is viewed as dishonest and there are multiple attacks on it. Despite attempts to speak easily found through a simple google search, there are people who insist that moderate muslims aren’t speaking, or aren’t speaking loudly enough (see here and here). Moderate Muslims express exhaustion at their multiple attempts to he heard (see Fox News reports here and here, as well as this and this). Meanwhile, Islamophobia is on the rise, and we see more and more safety precautions pushed through based on irrational fears.
Does it seem that we aren’t listening to moderate Muslims, as opposed to them not speaking? If so, aren’t the reductions in our civil liberties our own fault? And what should we be doing to solve the problem?