Media Bias Against Muslims? May 25, 2007Posted by Michael in Politics.
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. I think the fear of Muslims in America is unfounded, and racist.
America has a genius for assimilating minorities, and Muslims are no exception. The fear inspired by a mosque, like the big one recently built near my house, is just ignorant. A mosque is, first and foremost, a place of worship. It should not automatically be libeled as a hotbed for terrorist intrigue.
May 24, 2007 – According to a Pew Research Center poll released earlier this week, Muslim-Americans are “largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.” The poll showed the majority surveyed have close non-Muslim friends, believe in a strong American work ethic and feel there is little conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society. Overall, an encouraging picture, right?
No, not if you are determined to parse the data for bad news.
Not according to a cavalcade of major media outlets. On Tuesday and Wednesday, coverage of the poll was downright foreboding. “Supporting Terror?” read the CNN crawl at the bottom of the screen as John Roberts interviewed a group of young moderate Muslims about the poll. On CBS News online, the headline incorrectly stated that 26% OF YOUNG U.S. MUSLIMS OK BOMBS. And in USA Today, more misinformation and scare tactics: POLL: 1 IN 4 YOUNGER U.S. MUSLIMS SUPPORT SUICIDE BOMBINGS.
What’s behind this? Well, basically, it’s like global warming. Fear sells. Almost as well as sex.
The fear-inducing reports were based on the responses to a couple of questions in the Pew survey: is suicide bombing justified? The outcome: “Very few Muslim Americans—just 1%—say that suicide bombings against civilian targets are often justified to defend Islam; an additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified in these circumstances,” according to the Pew poll. As for U.S. Muslims under 30, Pew reported that 15 percent believe suicide bombings can be often or sometimes justified. The numbers were tucked inside a 108-page report that also found a large majority of U.S. Muslims rejected the idea of violence against civilians, had very unfavorable views of Al Qaeda and were concerned about the rise of Muslim extremism in the United States.
I can imagine, by the way, someone getting kinda crazy and thinking that a bombing might be justified to defend Lutheranism. Someone like Dietrich Boenhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor, and a theologian who is renowned in Lutheran circles to this day. He participated in a plot to bomb a civilian (Adolph Hitler), and was executed.
Just sayin’. Muslims who say the bombing of civilians “might” be justified is not necessarily all that scary.
Let’s take a look at some scary American Muslims.
Looks to me like they are shouting “Death to America!” and they are about to burn an American flag, which they are holding upside-down to show their contempt. Those bastards!
Actually, that picture was taken in Dearborn, Michigan, where we have one of our largest Muslim communities.
Those people are celebrating the death of Saddam Hussein.
Here’s another interesting Newsweek article, an interview with a young British man who converted to radical Islam, and then rejected it.