Politically Exploiting Islamophobia
Rep. Joe Webster's presentation was particularly appalling as he told the audience, "we just had to do something" following the shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand. That attack, which took place a half a world away, motivated the decision of Webster and Shusterman to put together this town hall meeting at this mosque. Yet these same representatives apparently didn't feel motivated to hold a similar town hall after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue which took place in their own state.
Community tensions are likely to only worsen as long as Muslim community
leaders and elected officials whitewash Islamist anti-Semitism, treat Muslims
solely as victims, and demonize those who point out the problems of extremism
within the Muslim community.