Despite being an ex-Muslim, i.e. someone who learned so much about Islam that she was appalled enough to leave it, I’ve been accused of being an apologist for Islam.
Incidents like the actions of the New York Police Department are what make me sound like I love Islam rather than have left it.
A year ago, accusations began to fly concerning the New York Police Department’s chosen methods for combating terrorism done by Muslims. Specifically, it was alleged that, as part of training, officers were being shown The Third Jihad, a film intended to spread the idea that American Muslims present a grave threat to the United States. The NYPD denied the allegations, claiming that the film in question was shown only a few times and then by mistake.
This turned out to be a lie. The film was used rather purposefully by the NYPD as part of officer training. Currently, the department does not intend to counter the film with anything that questions its inflammatory tone and serious accusations against the Muslim American community. The New York City police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, has since apologized for his involvement with both the film and the incident.
I’ve seen The Third Jihad. Professor Ken Hearlson taught the final class I took as a student in pursuit of my Bachelor’s degree, and, though he has been cleared of the aforementioned allegations made against him, he is not exactly known for having a balanced perspective. In a class that was allegedly about US Government, he spent most of the lecture period ranting about how gay people want to teach fisting in schools and how, when it came to Muslims, “I just don’t trust ’em” (direct quote).* He showed the film as part of his class.
If Muslims in the United States had as much super-secret power and influence as The Third Jihad alleges, then they would not be subjected to such films in their classes and as part of their official police training (as, in the end, it was two officers, one of them Muslim, who blew the whistle on the showings of The Third Jihad). Instead, the backlash against American Muslims, all in the name of fighting terrorism and Sharia, continues led by those who have the actual will, might, and voting power to actually implement theocratic laws.
*This made me wonder that if he were to keel over with a heart attack due to working himself up to such a high blood pressure with his rants, would he refuse treatment from a Muslim doctor? There are a lot of them.
Both images are courtesy of Chris Rojas (Crux Photography) via Flickr.