Well, I guess you have to give them an ‘A’ for effort. Muslims scheduled and led a rally in DC against terrorism. The problem is, only 20 Muslims showed up. That’s pathetic and telling. Now, they say that it was originally scheduled for noon and because of the heat had to be rescheduled to the evening. They are claiming that is the reason for the low turnout. I highly doubt that. The meeting place was the same and the Ummah is highly connected – it is a virtual certainly that everyone knew about the rally. They just couldn’t seem to care.
From Weasel Zippers:
Temperatures climbing high into the 90s forced organizers to convert a midday march into an evening rally on the National Mall. But the rallying point remained the same: condemn terrorism, hate and violence.
The rally was scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, The Associated Press reported, and organizers had initially planned the rally earlier in the day, but changed the time because of the oppressive heat.
Some people in the small crowd carried signs that read “Muslims Against ISIS” and “No Racism, No Hate.” Attendees said the atrocious attacks of global terrorism have given Americans the wrong impression of Islam and it was important to speak out.
“We’re just like every other American and we’re not here to apologize for anything but here to explain this is our religion … a religion of tolerance, peace, ethics,” said Abduel Hussein, 16, of Fairfax, Vrginia, and a Boy Scout from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center and a student at Woodson High School.
“It’s always been said that Muslim never speaks, so this is a great opportunity for people to hear that we’re speaking out against terrorism, against violence,” said Imam Ali Siddiqui of the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia, alluding to the sometimes heard criticism that Muslim leaders don’t sufficiently condemn terror attacks.
I understand the sentiment, but the fact is Muslims didn’t show up to speak out against terrorism. Americans see the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks being committed by Muslims. You don’t see rogue Christians or Jews out there killing people. Sorry, facts are facts here. And those facts point towards Islam being anything but a religion of peace. The Quran is a violent handbook for Jihad.
Christian, Jewish, Sikh and Buddhist faith leaders also took part in the rally. People would really like to believe that there is a moderate Islam, but so far, I’m just not seeing it. Muslim leaders just don’t sufficiently condemn terror attacks. Many condone them. It’s going to take a much louder outcry from many, many more Muslims before anyone takes them seriously.