American Muslims should not be held responsible

After dozens of people were killed in an attack on a mall in Kenya, Bob Beckel went on the Fox News show “The Five” to say what I think he believed was an impassioned, patriotic speech.

“The time has come for you [moderate Muslims] to stand up and say something. No Muslim students will come in here with visas.  No more mosques being built here [America] until you stand up and denounce what has happened in the name of your prophet,” Beckel said.

He went on to say that the Muslims who did not actively speak up against the attacks were cowards.

Well, that escalated quickly.

In spite of all the grammatical errors peppering his rant, Beckel’s point was very clear: a Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim.

No amount of political spinning would cover up the racial and bigoted implications behind these statements.

When I come across people like Bob Beckel who believe that somehow Muslims anywhere should be held accountable to Muslims everywhere, I always wonder if they’d really thought about what that would mean.

Really Bill? Really? You’re going to determine whether or not international Muslim students should be allowed to enter the country or if mosques should be built based on the separate actions of certain fringe groups?

If Muslims have to apologize every time a terrorist claims ties to Islam, shouldn’t they then consider every attack the United States has made on a Muslim country to be a war against Islam?

Given our history of deadly attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen, shouldn’t the Islamic world demand Americans denounce their government?

Wouldn’t we as a nation be the ones in fact waging the holy war, given the uncomfortable fact that the United States is the lead aggressor when it comes to waging war on foreign soil?

It’s an uncomfortable double standard. Beckel wants Muslims everywhere to stand up and denounce the actions of a minority group in their religion and yet manages to stay silent when it comes to openly condemning acts of terrorism the United States has committed against an entire host of Muslim countries.

It’s opinions like Beckel’s that are the reason the rest of the world considers the United States to be the egotistical bully of the international playground.

We have isolated ourselves so much as a nation that the idea of drones dropping bombs in another country seems far less offensive than our homegrown Muslim counterparts thinking they don’t have to apologize for the actions of an extreme few.

Maybe the reason American Muslims aren’t actively denouncing the Kenyan attacks is because they are tired of apologizing for something that had nothing to do with they way they practice their religion.

Maybe our problem in the United States is that we consider human life sacred only when there is someone else pulling the trigger.

It doesn’t take much to set off a Fox News commentator when it comes to pushing biased campaigns against the “violent” nature of the Muslim population.

However, when it comes to looking into our own backyard for aggressive tendencies, we tend to think that the grass is in fact greener on our side of the fence.