USU students reject idea of ‘Islamophobia’

Allia Abu-Ramaileh strolls down a campus sidewalk wearing a soft, hooded scarf, an Aggie Ice Cream in hand, and receives both smiles and prolonged stares. Three years have passed since she decided to further indicate her devotion to Islam standards of modesty by donning a scarf designed to cover her hair. She now serves as the president of the Middle East Club.”Just embracing it, while being a minority, is something I enjoy,” she said about being Muslim in a region where most of her peers are Christian.Through the years, fundamentalist Islam terrorist organizations have twisted their standards of belief, which has given Abu-Ramaileh a way to become close to her god, she said.The majority of students interviewed on campus rejected the thought that “Islamophobia” – a term largely used by the national media to describe a pervasive fear or hatred of the Islam faith – exists at USU.Recently, this issue has threatened to further lengthen its stride across the U.S. On March 28, three suicide bombers killed 20 United Nations workers in an uneasy province in southeastern Afghanistan, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the assault. Thousands of other Muslims crashed the surrounding streets at the same time.The violence and protests came in retaliation of Pastor Terry Jones and his Florida-based Dove Outreach Center Christian congregation burning several Qurans in the belief that the Islamic scripture “promotes terrorism.”

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