WHEN YOU SHARE what you know about Islam, you will get plenty of flak. One of our readers shared David Wood's video and got this response:
1. The Mosque is not planned to be built actually at ground zero, but several blocks away.
2. A fifth of the world's population consider Islam their ethical tradition.
3. About twenty-five Muslims were also killed in the Trade Center attacks.
4. Hating everything Muslim will not make the world a more peaceful place.
5. To vilify an entire group of people based on the actions of a minority of them does not serve any of us.
I don't know about you, but I agree with every one of those statements. But I do not agree with the implications of the statements in this context. I do not agree that the truth of these statements means that videos such as David's should not be shared. I do not agree that we should allow that mosque to be built. And I do not agree that we should stop trying to help non-Muslims become aware of the terrifying brilliance of Islam.
This is a good opportunity to practice. If you shared David Wood's video and got a response like the one above, how would you answer it?
It's a good idea to practice because when someone says things like that to you in person, you have a prime opportunity to make a good point, but if your heart starts pumping and you are unprepared, it's difficult to articulate a persuasive response. Anyone listening to your conversation would probably sum it up in their mind like this: Fair Muslim Defender - 1, Video Sharer - 0.
So let's practice. Let's get good at this. Share your response in the comments below. Or send it to me and I'll share it anonymously for you. And subscribe to the comments to see if someone posts ways of responding you hadn't thought of. Let's learn from each other.
If you have already had plenty of practice and can easily answer such a response, share your competence with the rest of us, please. Give us your best answer.