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Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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“Scapegoats is an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently. Violence or hate speech against any community based on their faith is un-American and is against our founding principles.” Because when a murderous psychopath goes on a killing spree, law enforcement officials and the media never make his religion the central issue--unless he happens to be a Muslim.—PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
“My brother Arsalan Iftikhar is one of America’s great champions of reason and respect. His book is a stirring addition to the literature of American pluralism. May it help to hold back the ugliness—the intolerance and the indecency—that is disfiguring our country.”—LEON WIESELTIER
“Iftikhar writes with a deep love of his country, and profound anguish about the betrayal of her cherished values of fairness and inclusiveness. This book is a wake-up call for America.”—BOBBY GHOSH, GLOBAL NEWS ANALYST, CNN
“[Arsalan Iftikhar has] become a go-to voice in American media, playing a variety of roles—explaining Islam, decrying Islamic extremism and also what he sees as rising islamophobia. It is that last which concerns him in a new book, and the title sums up its mission. It's called Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms."
--MICHEL MARTIN, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
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In the Foreword, Arsalan Iftikhar’s friend, Reza Aslan, states “…more Americans will die because of ‘faulty furniture’ than at the hands of Islamic terrorists.” No argument here, as 1% of 1% of 320 million Americans is 32,000 people, so while this statement is true, it is a misuse of facts to ridicule the concern that Americans have about Islamic terrorists. Unfortunately, this device is used throughout the book, and I found myself using the Internet to fact-check many of the statements as well as recorded television conversations.
For instance, Mr. Iftikhar talks about a discussion between Bill Maher and Fareed Zakaria, stating that in the end, Maher “…could only childishly snap that he found his guest’s criticism ‘insulting.’ ” This presents an entirely different view of the conversation, especially when Zakaria’s quotes are moved around by the author. In the middle of the conversation, Zakaria said “You're not persuading people with what you're doing. You're getting applause lines in the West.” Maher responded, “You know what? That's insulting, that I'm doing this for applause lines” (this was the second time Zakaria had made the applause lines accusation). Zakaria returned to his point, “Well, I'm telling you that the reality is you're not changing those people.” (Zakaria had been stating that if change was what Maher wanted, “…then what you have to do is push for reform, but also with some sense of respect for what the spiritual values that people think”).
It is unfortunate that Mr. Iftikhar did not pay attention to Fareed Zakaria’s words, because Zakaria is correct. You seldom will change people’s minds by not approaching them with respect for what they think. The book is one long rant, condemning the American media, evangelists, politicians, and finally the American people themselves. People in America are looking at what has happened in Europe over the last 10-15 years, and I was hoping that the author would address that, and couch his words in a less inflammatory mode.
Mr. Iftikhar was correct when he stated that a Google search of “Muslim condemn terrorism” will lead to millions of results, and I gained more positive thoughts from reviewing this Internet search than from reading the book. It is too bad the author did not take a more positive approach rather than using negative smears to make his points. Mr. Iftikhar is well-known, and had a great opportunity to effect positive change, but it appears that opportunity was wasted with this effort. While the book is intelligently written, the fact twisting, misrepresentations (which can be easily researched), and unnecessary vilifications will not cause people to become converts to his way of thinking. Two stars.
A book like this one explains by examples what is wrong with the mind set of too many Americans.