让美国人去聆听穆斯林之声

发自纽约——在具有历史里程碑意义的开罗讲话中,美国总统奥巴马向穆斯林世界伸出了友谊之手——他尝试与穆斯林达成一种相互尊重的共同承诺。没人会怀疑他的真诚,因为自就职以来总统就一直强调,要着手为美国与伊斯兰世界的关系揭开新的篇章。

但不幸的是,如果大多数美国人依然忽视关于伊斯兰教的某些基本事实,并对穆斯林文明广阔的地理分布差异和文化多样性视而不见,那么总统的热切渴望将依然只是泡影。

近四年来的大多数民意调查显示,美国人对伊斯兰教的观感依然走不出“9·11”事件的阴影;比如在2006年由《华盛顿邮报》和ABC新闻网发起的民意调查就显示,近半数美国人认为伊斯兰教是“不利的”,而1/4的收访者则承认自己对穆斯林有偏见。

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