In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, there has been a backlash of discrimination against Muslims around the world. Westerners have been quick to stereotype all Muslims as terrorists, and the United States House has already passed a bill that would make it harder for refugees to come into the country. The bill will now go to the Senate, but may never come to fruition after President Obama threatened to veto it if it comes to his desk.
Fear of another terrorist attack in the U.S. is understandable, and we should be very careful about who we let into our country. However, the vast majority of refugees are fleeing the violence that we fear, and about 50 percent of the 1,800 Syrian refugees we've let in so far are children.
Across social media, many Americans are demonizing all Muslims, stereotyping them as terrorists and saying we should take care of our own homeless and veterans before we help refugee Muslims. President Obama has been quick to call out these stereotypes.
At the G20 Summit in Turkey that took place just hours after the attacks on Paris, President Obama said, "And so to the degree that anyone would equate the terrible actions that took place in Paris with the views of Islam, those kinds of stereotypes are counterproductive. They're wrong. They will lead, I think, to greater recruitment into terrorist organizations over time if this becomes somehow defined as a Muslim problem as opposed to a terrorist problem."
However, President Obama was quick to equate the acts of the Crusades and slavery with Christianity just a few months ago. At the National Prayer Breakfast in February, 2015, referring to violent extremism in our world, Obama said, "Let's not get on a high horse and think this is unique to some other place. Remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our own country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."
Does President Obama realize that the Crusades and the Inquisition happened hundreds of years ago? Does he know that they didn't occur in the United States, or that the United States didn't even exist yet?
Don't stereotype me Mr. President. No, we should not stereotype all Muslims as terrorists, for most of them are not. But don't try to make me feel guilty for events like the Crusades and 19th century slavery when I'm a Christian living in the 21st century. What you have done to Christians is stereotype us, which I would say is "counterproductive".