This week one of the leading GOP Presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, announced that all American Muslims should be disqualified from ever becoming President of the United States simply based on their faith.Â In Texas, a 14-year old student was arrested for inventing a clock that his teacher mistook for a bomb. The student Â³just happened to beÂ² an American Muslim.
These two unfortunate events are only the most recent examples of a rising tide of suspicion and fear distorting the views of a segment of the general public. Confusion created in the mainstream press and social media about American Muslims is having a profoundly negative impact on our community.
This eleven-minute film is the result of thousands of conversations with hundreds of different communities over the past several years, in which we have heard our American neighbors ask the same bias-skewed questions about their Muslim neighbors over and over. The assumptions embedded in these questions, assumptions instilled by the mainstream media, donÂ¹t match up with the facts on the groundâ€¹who AmericanÂ Muslims are, what they represent, and how they live their lives here.
We invite you Â and the readers of http://www.copylinemagazine.com/news/2011/08/23/Â³my-fellow-americanÂ²-an-online-film-and-social-media-project-urges-concerned-americans-to-pledge-and-spread-a-message-that-muslims-are-fellow-americans/ — to write about and to share this new film, and help us set the record straight.Â Faced with so much misinformation about American Muslims, we need to work together to educate our neighbors and engage in real conversations. A lot is at stake.Â
Thanks for your consideration,
Producer, American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction
Unity Productions Foundation