Member Of Area Islamic Group Calls For Conversation On Hostility In The Nation

He says that is the only way to come up with a solution.

Frederick, Md (KM). It’s time for an analysis of how hostility among persons of different races, religions and ethnic backgrounds developed in the United States, especially when it comes to the negative attitudes among some Americans toward Muslims. That’s according to Kalim Ahmed, a member of the board of directors of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland.

He blames a lot of this hostility on the news media. “Our national media , both print and electronic, are very reckless in their reporting,” Ahmed says. “How they are presenting the international news; what kind of sensationalism is going on in their commentary.”

Ahmed spoke to WFMD News after the US Supreme Court decided to let the Trump Administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, which overturns a lower court order which blocked it. The nations covered under this ban Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The High Court said  visitors from these countries will be allowed into the US if they have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

“This speaks volumes in terms of how the United States of America is going to present to the rest of the world, how we’re going to engage with the rest of the world and what is going to be our foreign policy in terms of engagement,” says Ahmed.

Much of the divisions within the US have been blamed on President Donald Trump’s rhetoric. But Ahmed says the chief executive is merely exploited the negative atmosphere created by the news media. “Which has created an audience. The President has just tapped that audience’s  fear and feeling in terms of making a policy,” he says.

Ahmed says it’s time for that conversation about the hostilities in the country begin soon.”And unless we have this very sincere analysis of this chain of events, we’re not going to find the problem. And if we’re not going to find the problem, we’re going to find the solution.”

“But unfortunately, I don’t there’s of a lot of appetite in the current 24/7 breaking news media. where people sit and think through this,” he continues. “I think everything is going is a soundbite. And we can’t solve the problem with soundbites.”


By Kevin McManus