Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Don’t blame Muslims for being jailed in the US so much!

Muslims are overrepresented in US jails. There are very different ways to interpret that. Statistics give numbers but people give interpretations, like:
1. US Muslims are more crime-prone. There is no proof for that.
2. US Muslims are singled out by law enforcement. That’s not proven.
3. US Muslims are poorer and US law is stacked against the poor. Evidently.
4. US Muslims are more non-Whites, who’re singled out by police. Clearly.
5. Many US prisoners have been turned Muslim. Obviously.

Now comes the real spreading of hatred. It is then claimed that these Muslims cost US taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money. And that that is the result of tolerating these people.

The truth is that the US locks up more people than any nation in the world — also when not considering Muslims. That shows extremism, poor judgment (pun not intended) and is wasteful.

To blame the victims of being over-incarcerated is ridiculous. To also blame Muslims who are not locked up is even more ridiculous. To then want less tolerance of Muslims is the height of ridiculousness.

Always suspect reports of statistics about Muslims in the US to be biased by racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and hatred of the poor.

Since the lack of peace for Israel is maintained by playing Jewish fears of extermination and Muslim Jew-hatred against each other, Jews should be at the forefront and over-represented in fighting the above bigotries. And we are.

Always remember that most religions keep most people most of the time very decent and moral. And being religious therefore is generally a good thing.

Always remember that no good comes from stereotyping and condemning a whole group of people. Rather, be ready to be pleasantly surprised. As Reb Shlomo Carlebach used to say: You neeeever know ….

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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