There are many groups in America seeking to form connections to members of the Muslim community in order to make Christians and Jews realize there are some nice Muslims, as well as make Muslims get to know some nice Christians and Jews. I have never believed there are “good” Muslims or Christians or Jews or atheists. There are some nice people and some jerks in this world. Bringing together Muslims with Christians and Jews to prove in the goodness of a person based upon their religion or non-religion is the height of ignorance.
I meet someone who mentions they are a Muslim, and like or dislike the person, not because of their religion– or lack of one- but due to their innate personhood. I find ironic that no one ever says, “Christian Nazism” or “Catholic Fascism” or “Christian-Jewish Communism.” Adolf is simply one bad Nazi dude, not some bad dude Christian Nazi dude. Please don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with reaching out to meet interesting “People,” but seeking “nice” people based upon their religion is a certainty to backfire. Why? Because in ANY group of humans, there are nice folks and jerks.
So, how to counter hatred toward a group?
2. Organize as many people as possible to vote for those seeking to undo democracy.
3. Seek to get people voting in 2018 when there are no presidential candidates and make certain they vote in 2020 when election districts are redone.
4. THE most important issue today is getting people to VOTE against Trump this year, and in 2018 against the bigots seeking to control our state legislatures and congressional districts.
If along the way you meet a nice person who is of the Muslim faith–great, hopefully, you will meet people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
My mother-in-law was from Branson, Missouri, a good Southern Baptist who was nice to the first Jew she ever met. We did not agree on ANY political or social ideas, but, when Norma met A person, she interacted with that person based upon their human qualities.