Corey Saylor, a prominent Muslim activist in the United States, made a stunning admission last week. Speaking at a counter-Islamophobia conference at the University of Minnesota, Saylor admitted that anti-Muslim sentiment is driven in part by jihadists who kill in the name of Allah.
During a session titled "How Islamophobia Became Mainstream," Saylor told the audience in the Hubert Humphrey Auditorium that "violent extremist groups that claim that Islam gives sanction to their actions contribute to Islamophobia."
"There's no doubt about it," he said. To not acknowledge the impact that groups like ISIS have had on attitudes about Islam and its adherents "would be to not have a complete conversation."