Reading through The Daily Tar Heel on Monday, I was not surprised by another ad by David Horowitz claiming Islam to be a religion of hate and oppression.
The ad is sadly not an isolated occurrence of spreading hate and fear toward Islam. The goal behind these ads and the Islamophobia campaign is to plant seeds of irrational fear and hatred towards Muslims and to portray Muslims as a religious group in contradiction to the United States and Americans.
Ads like this only contribute to the Islamophobic campaign promoted by radical xenophobes and to the stereotypes promoted about Islam today.
I am grateful to have grown up in a family that stressed religious understanding, with my parents encouraging me to attend Sunday school with my Christian friends at a young age. As a Muslim, I was encouraged to learn about other religions through direct interaction with the idea that others’ beliefs should be respected.
In the Holy Quran, a verse states, “Whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind” (Quran 5:32).