The Associated Press reached out to a few American Muslims who aren't taking kindly to Ted Cruz's recent call to increase surveillance in Muslim-dominated neighborhoods around the country in order to stop them "before they become radicalized."
Some U.S. Muslims are saying they feel unjustly targeted for the actions of ISIS suicide bombers, like the ones in Brussels. The AP spoke with 23-year-old Southern Californian Omar Ghanim who said, "We're targeted even if it's not our fault." He said the Islamic State doesn't speak for his faith:
They don't follow the Islamic rules or anything Islam. We're a peaceful people — we're not violent.
A resident of a Somali neighborhood in Minneapolis, Osman Ahmed, told the AP that his community is your everyday, average Americans:
We believe we are part of the society. We have the same ideology as mainstream Americans. I don't think the ideology of surveillance of a Muslim community neighborhood is the right thing to do. That will send a message that Muslim Americans are not a part of American society ... and that's the message that terrorism groups are willing to hear.
A 46-year-old Ford employee from Dearborn, Michigan, Kebba Kah, condemned the Brussels bombing and said that the majority of Muslims reject the ideology of ISIS, adding they represent only a small minority.
Also chiming in, predictably, is the ubiquitous Council on American-Islamic Relations who said Cruz's plan threatens American Muslims and is causing them even more "fear for their future in this nation."
The Anti-Defamation League is speaking out, as well, comparing the idea of surveillance to the U.S. placing Japanese-Americans into internment camps during World War II. And Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York told the AP that Cruz and Donald Trump are emboldening "vigilantes:"
What's scaring me more is the kind of potential fueling of these vigilantes and people who might want to take up arms and go patrol Muslim neighborhoods.
What is lacking in this conversation is the fact that terrorism is spreading as Muslims enter countries as "refugees" or otherwise. The same thing isn't happening with, say, Christians who are moving about the planet. And by all accounts, it's not a small minority of Muslims who agree with ISIS's interpretation of Islam.
Here is a chart posted to Twitter by InfoWars' Paul Joseph Watson showing plenty of support by Muslims of suicide bombers around the world:
And this one, which shows how Islam far supersedes any other religious ideology in using murder to carry out its theology:
That sure doesn't look like the "same ideology as mainstream Americans" to us.