The Crescent Report

February 7, 2008

Undermining Civil Liberties at Home

Filed under: Muslim Americans — Tags: , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 9:18 pm

An interesting read from Dr. Louay Safi in the Middle East Online below.

Civil liberties are always precious for free people, but particularly so during times of turbulence when the future seems uncertainty and society struggles to gain its balance and move in the right direction. These are, sadly, times when opportunists try to advance their fortune without regard to other people’s rights, bigots hide behind the language of patriotism, and freedom is curtailed in the name of security. It is under such conditions that civil liberties and the right to dissent become exceedingly important, as free and open debate becomes essential for pursuing the best course of action.

Yet bigots, racists, and zealots have always tried to pursue their narrow agenda during the time of war and conflict by exploiting fear and hiding behind patriotic rhetoric. The last time zealots used foreign threats to silence defenders of human rights and critics of foreign policy was during the fifties, when the a junior congressman with the name of Joseph McCarthy used his position and exploited national fear and anxiety to attack his ideological opponents. McCarthy confused dissent with disloyalty, and claimed to defend freedom abroad as he was undermining it at home.

Click here to read on.


1 Comment »

  1. Thank you Imam Mahdi
    I pray for every Muslim in the West . May God bless you all.
    I hope you have a nice and useful visit to Egypt .
    the military tribunals is go to it’s end, May Allah clear this state from injustice .
    pray for us here.

    Comment by AbdelRahman Ayyash — February 9, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

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