She says, “He knows the power he has over these mindless girls and is using that influence to preach the Islamic faith. It’s dangerous.”
Not only is this completely absurd, it’s cultural bigotry. What exactly is wrong with being Muslim? My BFF is Muslim and he is probably one of the smartest, most awesome people I’ve ever known in my whole life. What gives, Schlussel? We know Katy Perry is Christian, why don’t we go off on her about pushing her “Christian agenda”? Probably because Christianity is the religion Americans are most comfortable with. News flash: America is a melting pot, what ever happened to that?
Look, I know what you might be thinking, on 9/11 something really terrible happened in the U.S. and the people who did it happened to be terrorist of a certain religion. I cannot make this clear enough, those people were religious extremists–emphasis on extreme. Those people were a small group who do not represent the views of all Muslims and definitely not MOST Muslims!
It really devastates me that some Americans feel justified in what is blatant and obvious discrimination because a very tiny group of people did something really heinous. People of all faiths have committed seriously awful crimes, not because of their faith but because those people were misguided in a bad way. Why are we singling out this one group of people?
And the blanket-hate doesn’t stop with Zayn and the Muslim faith.
Just the other day an Iranian-American teenager wasn’t allowed to buy an iPad because an Apple employee heard her speaking Farsi (her native language). The employee thought that because the U.S. has a policy that says no one is allowed to export goods to Iran (meaning a U.S. business cannot sell goods to Iran) he couldn’t sell products to individuals who happened to be of Iranian decent. Clearly this guy got it wrong, but it goes to show how easy it is for people to fall into the trap of cultural bigotry. The girl left the store in tears.
Nothing sets me off more than obvious, unwarranted, senseless hate. There’s nothing dangerous about Islam and no one is trying to brainwash anyone. I’ve had a lot more Christians knock on my door to teach me about their religion than any Muslims. And you know what, if a lot more people embrace Islam because of Zayn’s intensely perfect eyes, that’s quite alright with me.
How do you feel about Islam? Are you Islamic? Do you love Zayn? Let us know in the comments!