Islamophobia’s Take Over of America

According to a 2016 estimate, there are 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. Muslim-Americans continue to still be discrimated against because of their tanted religious affilation.
The terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 jumpstarted Islamophbia. A handful of extremists caused a nationwide fear that has lasted over ten years.
There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and the United States and elected political figures choose to focus on the less than 2% of Muslim extemists/terrorists and threaten the removal of American citizens based on their religion.
In the United States however, we do protect citizens rights to practice religion freely, under the Constitution, the First Amendment: Freedom of Religion. But why as a country do we allow one religion to continually be sctruenized and discriminated against?
In the United States, there are many Americans who fear other Americans. 57% of Americans say they know little or 26% say they know nothing about Islam. Due to our country’s dominant Christian religion, the fear of the attacks of 9/11 continue to fuel hatred towards a religion who’s main ideal is to teach love.
There is a large sortage of religious education in schools before college, causing many people to learn little to nothing about other religions outside of Christianity. The incorportation of religion classes in middle school and high school will help aid the fight of religious discrimination and expose students to diversity.
As a country we celebrate our countries freedom every fourth of July, a celebration that is irrelevant to religions in the United States. Citizens from every religion celebrate our countries freedoms. People come to the U.S. for these freedoms and economic opportunity. As a country we value our freedoms, and need to remember every citizen deserves the same freedoms as any other, regardless of race, gender, or religious affilation.
The intended audience is for those lacking knowledge and understanding about Islam, and to reach those who have Islamophobia; to educate people with facts, as well as using ethos to reach a conciousnous state of knowledge of how as a country we are treating other citizens.
As a country we have documented promises, promises to protect our civil rights and freedoms. We must practice our countries values everyday and not discriminate any one person based on their religion. Protect the First Amendment.
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