Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Islamophobia myth

Jonah Goldberg is smack-on right when he refutes the nonsense that is traveling around the elite media and liberal blogosphere about how America supposedly is suffering from Islamophobia.
Let's put this in even sharper focus. America is, outside of Israel ,probably the most receptive and tolerant country in the world to Jews. And yet, in every year since 9/11, more Jews have been hate-crime victims than Muslims. A lot more.

In 2001, there were twice as many anti-Jewish incidents as there were anti-Muslim, again according to the FBI. In 2002 and pretty much every year since, anti-Jewish incidents have outstripped anti-Muslim ones by at least 6 to 1. Why aren't we talking about the anti-Jewish climate in America?

Because there isn't one. And there isn't an anti-Muslim climate either. Yes, there's a lot of heated rhetoric on the Internet. Absolutely, some Americans don't like Muslims. But if you watch TV or movies or read, say, the op-ed page of the New York Times — never mind left-wing blogs — you'll hear much more open bigotry toward evangelical Christians (in blogspeak, the "Taliban wing of the Republican Party") than you will toward Muslims.

No doubt some American Muslims — particularly young Muslim men with ties to the Middle East and South Asia — have been scrutinized at airports more than elderly women of Norwegian extraction, but does that really amount to Islamophobia, given the dangers and complexities of the war on terror?

For 10 years we've been subjected to news stories about the Muslim backlash that's always around the corner. It didn't start with President Obama or with the "ground zero mosque." President George W. Bush was his most condescending when he explained, in the cadences of a guest reader at kindergarten story time, that "Islam is peace."

But he was right to emphasize America's tolerance and to draw a sharp line between Muslim terrorists and their law-abiding co-religionists.

Meanwhile, to listen to Obama — say in his famous Cairo address — you'd think America has been at war with Islam for 30 years and only now, thanks to him, can we heal the rift. It's an odd argument given that Americans have shed a lot of blood for Muslims over the last three decades: to end the slaughter of Muslims in the Balkans, to feed Somalis and to liberate Kuwaitis, Iraqis and Afghans. Millions of Muslims around the world would desperately like to move to the U.S., this supposed land of intolerance.

Conversely, nowhere is there more open, honest and intentional intolerance — in words and deeds — than from certain prominent Muslim leaders around the world. And yet, Americans are the bigots.

And when Muslim fanatics kill Americans — after, say, the Ft. Hood slaughter — a reflexive response from the Obama administration is to fret over an anti-Islamic backlash. It's fine to avoid negative stereotypes of Muslims, but why the rush to embrace them when it comes to Americans?

And now, thanks to the "ground zero mosque" story, we are again discussing America's Islamophobia, which, according to Time magazine, is just another chapter in America's history of intolerance.

When, pray tell, will Time magazine devote an issue to its, and this administration's, intolerance of the American people?
How about a Time cover on America's supposed anti-Semitism? They would be just as able to add two and two and get five with that storyline if they tried to connect some isolated crimes against JEws with declining support for Israel and the administration's treatment of Israel's Prime Minister. But that wouldn't serve their desire to flagellate Americans for our supposed sins against their preferred minorities.

8 comments:

Davod said...

"Meanwhile, to listen to Obama — say in his famous Cairo address — "

9/11 Imam says he wrote Obama's Cairo

davod said...

"Meanwhile, to listen to Obama — say in his famous Cairo address — "

Obama's interest in the 9/11 mosque may be more than protecting the constitional rights. The
The 9/11 Imam says he wrote Obama's Cairo Speech

(These quotes are edited (but are not of context) to fit this entry.)

"WEBTODAY EXCLUSIVE (August 24, 2010)-- QUESTION: Who really was speaking on that historic day of June 4th 2009 in Cairo, Egypt? President Obama or the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf?

ANSWER: Feisal Abdul Rauf! Link to audio of Rauf's admission

“This is an example of the impact of our work in a positive way to be used by the President.”

“... IN THE BOOK CHAPTER 6, I WROTE ABOUT THIS BLUE PRINT as to WHAT HAS TO BE DONE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, what has to be done by the Jewish community, what has to be done by the Christian community, what has to be done by the Muslim community, what has to be done by educators, what has to be done by the media. For example, IN MY BOOK IN THE ARABIC VERSION page 293, what did I write? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO DO. IF YOU EXAMINE THIS CHAPTER YOU WILL FIND THAT THE OBAMA SPEECH IN CAIRO WAS ALL TAKEN FROM THIS SECTION [Section 6].
The story was even collaborated in a written article in an interview with Hani Al-Waziri of Egypt. The clue was revealed while Rauf was answering a question regarding President Barack Obama’s speech in which Rauf replied:

“The speech was wonderful and wise in his choice of words, the Prime Minister of Malaysia after the speech disclosed to me that it is now easy for any president of a Muslim country to establish good relations with America, and I AM NOT GOING TO HIDE FROM YOU THAT ONE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN WRITING THE SPEECH, TRANSFERRED ENTIRE PARTS OF MY BOOK ‘A NEW VISION FOR MUSLIMS AND THE WEST’, which he referred to U.S. interests being compatible with top interests of the Muslim world”.

The interview with Hani Alwaziri dated February 7th, 2010 intended to discuss Rauf’s plans for what he terms “American Style Islam” and the Cordova Initiative goals for the U.S. Rauf later stated that his goal was “To establish an American style Islam in the United States” in which he explains his aspiration of spreading Islam in America by using flexibility and molding Islam to become palatable to the American culture while preserving the integrity of Islamic ideology:

“If we look how Islam was spread from Hijaz (Arabia) to Morocco then Turkey, we note that Islam was shaped by the culture and society, hence showing a Muslim version of the architecture and culture and the arts, but with preservation of the framework of belief and worship. We need to provide a GLOBAL ISLAM in accordance with the nature of each society.”

Rauf boasted about his towering structure by Ground Zero as:

“an icon that will make Muslims proud, not only locally but globally.”

His suggestion to Muslims on how to deal with western Christians and Jews was:

“deal with them as one courts a pretty girl he wants to date; stop thinking like a typical Muslim. Then you can engage.”

He also discussed how he courted Bloomberg and the Jewish Community boards that “we have inroads with the Jewish Community Center”. It is interesting that Rauf stated in Arabic to Hadielislam, another prominent Muslim think tank that:

“people need to use peaceful means to advise the governors and government institutions…we also suggest to the governors and political institutions to CONSULT [MUSLIM] RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND [MUSLIM] PERSONALITIES IN THE FIELD SO AS TO ASSURE THEIR DECISION MAKING TO REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF SHARIAH.”

davod said...

Meanwhile, to listen to Obama — say in his famous Cairo address — you'd think America has been at war with Islam for 30 years and only now, thanks to him, can we heal the rift.

Imam Rauf Boasts that He Wrote Obama's Muslim Speech in


“...This is an example of the impact of our work in a positive way to be used by the President.”

“ ...For example, IN MY BOOK IN THE ARABIC VERSION page 293, what did I write? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO DO. IF YOU EXAMINE THIS CHAPTER YOU WILL FIND THAT THE OBAMA SPEECH IN CAIRO WAS ALL TAKEN FROM THIS SECTION [Section 6]...”

The story was even collaborated in a written article in an interview with Hani Al-Waziri of Egypt. The clue was revealed while Rauf was answering a question regarding President Barack Obama’s speech in which Rauf replied:

“The speech was wonderful and wise in his choice of words, the Prime Minister of Malaysia after the speech disclosed to me that it is now easy for any president of a Muslim country to establish good relations with America, and I AM NOT GOING TO HIDE FROM YOU THAT ONE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN WRITING THE SPEECH, TRANSFERRED ENTIRE PARTS OF MY BOOK ‘A NEW VISION FOR MUSLIMS AND THE WEST’, which he referred to U.S. interests being compatible with top interests of the Muslim world”.

...It is crucial to note that the Arabic version of Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book was published in Malaysia titled “A CALL TO PRAYER, FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER RUBBLE: ISLAMIC DAWA (SUMMONS TO ISLAM) IN THE HEART OF AMERICA POST-9/11."

The interview with Hani Alwaziri dated February 7th, 2010 intended to discuss Rauf’s plans for what he terms “American Style Islam” and the Cordova Initiative goals for the U.S. Rauf later stated that his goal was “To establish an American style Islam in the United States” in which he explains his aspiration of spreading Islam in America by using flexibility and molding Islam to become palatable to the American culture while preserving the integrity of Islamic ideology:

“If we look how Islam was spread from Hijaz (Arabia) to Morocco then Turkey, we note that Islam was shaped by the culture and society, hence showing a Muslim version of the architecture and culture and the arts, but with preservation of the framework of belief and worship. We need to provide a GLOBAL ISLAM in accordance with the nature of each society.”

Rauf boasted about his towering structure by Ground Zero as:

“an icon that will make Muslims proud, not only locally but globally.”

His suggestion to Muslims on how to deal with western Christians and Jews was:

“deal with them as one courts a pretty girl he wants to date; stop thinking like a typical Muslim. Then you can engage.”

He also discussed how he courted Bloomberg and the Jewish Community boards that “we have inroads with the Jewish Community Center”. It is interesting that Rauf stated in Arabic to Hadielislam, another prominent Muslim think tank that:

“people need to use peaceful means to advise the governors and government institutions…we also suggest to the governors and political institutions to CONSULT [MUSLIM] RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND [MUSLIM] PERSONALITIES IN THE FIELD SO AS TO ASSURE THEIR DECISION MAKING TO REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF SHARIAH.”

In previous reports researched by the Walid Shoebat Foundation, it was revealed that Imam Rauf has made statements in the Arabic language - while appearing on Arabic media outlets - that completely contradict his moderate tone when speaking English, exposing him as a direct supporter of terrorism, both financially and verbally."

pumping-irony said...

First, all opposition to Obama was "raaaaacist" and now everybody who is against the GZM is "islamophobic". The tactic has been overused to point of being risible. The term "elite media" will soon replace "military intelligence" as America's number one oxymoronic punchline.

mark said...

Of course it's not Islamophobia. It's just good, old-fashioned fear-mongering. The same fools who were duped into supporting the war in Iraq are now being frightened with the scary, scary Muslims. And don't forget the scary "Terror babies" that idiotic Texas legislator is screaming about. And let's change the constitution so those scary Mexicans can't drop a baby on this side of the border. Especially because it might be a terror baby.
As long as millions of moronic dittoheads listen to the drug-addled Rushbo call our president an Iman, we'll have simpletons pretending they care about the victims of 9/11 or our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan even though they continue to undermine the war on terror with their pathetic, cowardly bull. Please, stop trying to make us a country of weak, hysterical p*ssies.

tfhr said...

mark,

Long time - no rant. Where have you been? I see you now support the "war on terror"

This remark from you really caught my eye:

"even though they continue to undermine the war on terror"

Remember when you used to do that?

You're making me nostalgic.

Then there's this gem:

"Please, stop trying to make us a country of weak, hysterical p*ssies." ~ mark 8:22 PM

That's even more shocking because I thought you wanted Americans to be Progressives.

mark said...

tfhr,
Thanks for missing me. That feels nice. Busy summer. I assume you've been busy being pursued by "three-letter agencies" vying for your expertise. (Hint: Don't tell them of your defense of Rumsfeld: It makes you look like an idiot.)
Of course, I've always supported the war on terror, and continue to think it appropriate to question our strategy, whether under Bush, Obama or whoever.

I think there is plenty of evidence that I was right; we should have focused on Afghanistan and not divert attention into Iraq.
We can never know for sure, but it's a good bet that we could have captured OBL and have left that country by now.
Don't let the fact that 4000 of your fellow soldiers were killed in a needless war make you second-guess yourself. Your self-esteem is worth more than that.

tfhr said...

mark,

Thanks for your concern.

You kind of give yourself away with that old "war on terror" label. Terrorism is a tactic, so I've never been partial to the name, just the cause.

So I have to ask you just who do you think we are fighting? How would you characterize the ideology that drives them to wage war against the West? Hint: You don't have to be phobic of Islam to get the answer but you do have to open your eyes to recognize who presents the threat.

Here's another point: OBL is more likely dead than alive, but his status does not determine the course of this fight. Jihadists, Islamofacists, extremists, take your pick, are driven by ideology - not one man.

You should really do a little more research on your "what if" theory about Afghanistan. Consider that the Taliban left the country and took refuge in Pakistan while al Qaeda dispersed to other countries in addition to Pakistan. Ask yourself what benefit would have been derived from stacking troops up in Afghanistan to fight an enemy that was reconstituting elsewhere.

Anyways, this thread was about the mosque. Nobody here is saying that it cannot be built, they're just saying that it should not be built out of respect. Taken to the next level, if the objective of the mosque and cultural center was to "build bridges", wouldn't this project be counter-productive, given the response it has inspired?

What bothers me is that you seem comfortable condemning opponents as bigots, fear mongers, etc., rather than accepting their legitimate objections formed over the questionable financing behind the project, the checkered history of the terrorist friendly imam running the project, and the very real agony that this inflicts upon the survivors of 9-11.

What puzzles me is why you allow yourself to become a useful tool for the extremist element in this conflict. There are moderate Muslims that do not want to foment ill will. They too object to the imam's campaign to build his Cordoba Center. We should be giving them the stage instead of negotiating with radicals. Negotiating with uncompromising radicals on a local level or an Ahmadinejad on a strategic level undermines moderate Islamic voices. I wish Obama could understand this point. No other American president has ever concluded a treaty or agreement with a radical Islamic government or actor, though Clinton certainly made every effort at giving away Israel's security only to have Arafat back out when it became apparent that his bluff had been called. I don't know why Obama hasn't learned from this history.

I don't envy your task of having to rush to the aid of Obama after he shoots his mouth off one day and back tracks the next on this topic but nevertheless, you do it and it puts you in an untenable position. Fortunately for you, Obama's spokesman has announced that the President will no longer comment on the matter. A little late if you ask me, but hey, if he wants to vote "present", why should anyone be surprised? It's what he does best.