Unlike the violent reaction in the Arab world against the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” the American Muslim community has reacted to the offensive video with calm and muted protest.
Community newspapers have published opinion pieces condemning the film and calling it blasphemous and insensitive to the religious feelings of Muslims while some community members have taken to the streets to express their indignation.
Hundreds of Muslims, mostly Pakistani-Americans, staged a protest in front of the United Nations on Sept. 28. Organized by Pak-America Rabita Committee and several other Pakistani community groups, the demonstration was joined by community members and imams of different mosques in Brooklyn, Queens and parts of New Jersey.
The protesters, holding placards condemning the film and demanding respect to all religions, chanted slogans against Islamophobia. They called upon the UN to mandate a universal law against hatred and bigotry in any form against any religion and faith.
The protesters dispersed peacefully after saying their Friday prayers in front of the UN building on First Avenue. According to a report in the New York-based Pakistan Post, the protesters were transported to Manhattan in chartered buses from different parts of New York and New Jersey.
This is how we do it in America! Peaceful!