American Muslims launch PR-style campaigns to defend Islam
NEW YORK, Nov. 6 â€” As Ramadan gets underway, the war on terror heats up and military action against Iraq looms, Muslim communities across America are on a PR mission to explain what their religion is all about. From political fundraisers and food drives to open houses at Mosques, grass roots Muslim groups are working hard to shake off the bad image Islam earned in many Americansâ€™ eyes after the Sept. 11 attacks â€” an image they fear may get more tarnished with the prospect of another war in the Arab world.
With a quarter of Americans now admitting to having unfavorable feelings toward Muslim-Americans, according to a recent polls, and nearly 2,000 U.S. Muslims reporting acts of discrimination to civil rights groups since last year, many Muslims have decided itâ€™s time to act.
â€œOver the past year, we realized that the media was essentially painting the entire population of 1.2 billion Muslims with...