President Using Bad Language: Mowahid

Washington, DC: The recent speeches of US President George Bush, to mark the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, are replete with offensive terminology towards Muslims.
This was stated by Mowahid Hussain Shah, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister, Punjab, while addressing a large gathering of area Muslims and a section of civil society in the Washington, DC area.
Mowahid said that the use of the term “Islamic fascists” by President Bush is offending many Muslims who feel it is uncalled for, especially so, during a time when there is a need to find common ground for decency and mutual respect. Mowahid said that fascism is an exclusively European phenomenon which had nothing to do with Islam’s universal message of justice, compassion, and human dignity. It was the European Jewish community that was shattered by European extremism during the first half of the 20th Century, he added.
To merge, therefore, Islam with fascism shows ignorant bigotry and is tantamount to hate speech, said Mowahid.
Mowahid urged the Muslim youth to remain vigilant and informed and to respond to the challenge by making their presence felt in American society through joining in large numbers the policy-making professions of media, law, and academia.

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