By John Esposito, a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.
Published: June 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm
Washington Post: The Boston Marathon bombings (April 15, 2013) and the Woolwich, UK attack and murder (May 22, 2013) are grim reminders not only of the continued threat from militant religious extremists but also of the need and importance for political and religious leaders, commentators and the media to put these horrific acts in their proper context.
Facile, superficial or biased statements and disproportionate coverage create a bias that plays to militant Muslims desire for national and international attention, terrorizes citizens in the belief that this may influence their country’s foreign policies and encourages copycats. At the same time, they risk reinforcing far right anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim (Islamophobic) forces, further driving a wedge between non-Muslim and Muslim citizens and alienating the majority of loyal mainstream Muslim citizens.