Normally, I consider demands for Islamic condemnation of terror something of an insult to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. Chicagoans weren’t called upon to denounce John Wayne Gacy, to prove they weren’t in sympathy.
Yet, whenever there’s an Islamic radical attack, those who fear Muslims anyway demand some sort of collective denouncement from them, as a body, a situation best summed up by Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago.
“We are held account for the choices of the worst among us,” he said, pointing out that one of the attackers of the kosher market in Paris and a bystander who tried to help were both African Muslims of about the same age.
“Should the guy who saved lives have to apologize for the guy shooting?” Rehab asked.