Why is it if a person with a Muslim name speaks out against injustice in our society, that person is accused of trying to impose Shariah Law?
According to Islam, Muslims are obligated to obey the laws of their land and cannot force Islamic laws anywhere, not even in Muslim majority lands - the people must vote it in.
But as Muslims, we are required to stand up against oppression in the countries we live in and at the hands of the governments that are supposed to represent us.
Yes, oppression is rampant in Muslim majority countries also, and if I were living there, my focus would be on protesting the brutal monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and even Libya.
As I see it, while American citizens (I am a U.S. citizen by birth) are guaranteed many rights in writing through the U.S. Constitution, those rights have not been able to translate into reality because of a capitalistic system that demands the concentration of wealth and power into the hands of the few. This system controls our political, legal, economic and social arenas to achieve this goal.
American citizens are guaranteed rights to life, liberty and property on paper according to the Fourteenth Amendment, but statistics show that is far from reality for too many people.
As far as life goes, for example, one African-American is extrajudicially killed by police, security guards and vigilantes every 39 hours.
As for liberty, America has the highest incarceration rate in the world with 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prison population.
Property problems are rampant with more people getting kicked out of their properties, spiking homelessness, especially among the young and the veterans. Unbelievably, 1 in 3 homeless people in America are U.S. military veterans.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The 1 percent have been able to get away with their monopolization by keeping the rest of us bickering and divided along religious, racial and political lines.
To truly become one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, we must unite against injustice.